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you are live in the cnn newsroom.osta in washington. we're following breaking news. hurricane ida is pummeling louisiana today after making landfall near port fourchon a short time ago. now officially tied for the strongest storm ever to hit the state with 115-mile-per-hour winds. the extremely dangerous category 4 storm is thrashing the air. it's so strong, ida overpowered the mighty mississippi river, partially reversing the flow of the river near new orleans. officials across louisiana are warning if you are near the eye of the storm, help is not on the way. one new orleans official saying if you call 911 because you want someone to get to you, quote, i'm sorry. we're passed that point.
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and the worst could be yet to come. rolling tornado warnings. highways under water and storm surges that could reach more than ten feet. all of this danger 16 years to the day after hurricane catrin arrived on louisiana's shores. cnn is on the scene across the gulf coast. let's start with brian todd in new orleans, a city all too familiar with hurricane devastation. we can see the winds are picking up. a short time ago, emergency services were suspended there. what can you tell us? >> jim, the intensity has really picked up in the last hour since i last spoke to you. you can see some debris flying down the street here in the french quarter. debris everywhere as the winds have really intensified. take a look down the street. see some of this debris. i'm going to pivot this way and our photo journalist is going to take you through this. look at this collapsed roof. it came down across this intersection. insulation and all of this stuff, it was a very violent
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crash just before we got on the scene here. we have to keep our eyes and ears constantly open because i can show you one other thing as we turn the corner here. see how the wind and rain dynamic really change. a piece of flying glass just came down here, struck a member of our security team. he's okay but one of the things you have to watch out for because there's flying debris. you'll see my eyes dart back and forth because i have to constantly watch out for me and my team to make sure we do not get hit with something. as i come across the street you can see how the dynamic changes. a little calmer down that street where i just was. on decatur street, you can see the wind and rain dynamic get much stronger. look at the rain bands coming down decatur street here. flooding will be an issue here. they could get 15 to 20 inches of rain before this is all over with. new orleans averages 62 inches
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of rain a year. already 65 inches. so this is going to really add to some of the record totals. we also just found out a short time ago, jim, two sewage pumping stations east and west banks of new orleans have been affected by power outages. so that could lead to some sewage backups. that's another problem they'll have to be dealing with in the coming hours. but they are going to address those sewage backups with a generator at the pumping stations. i'm going to swing down here. you can see again just the violent nature of this wind and rain as this has really picked up in the last hour or so. it's going to get worse in the next few hours. both the governor and the mayor have said people, do not go out in this stuff. if you call 911 right now, we don't think we'll be able to get to you for the next several hours. you have to hunker down right now. of course, people trying to evacuate. but the mayor did say before this, they couldn't order a
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mandatory evacuation because there wasn't time to get everyone out. the storm intensified so quickly. and they didn't want people to get stuck on the highways in conditions like this, jim. so this is where you see the dynamic really changing with this storm. we're getting clobbered here. we have to keep our -- sorry. got to keep our eyes out for flying debris. it's getting a little dangerous. >> absolutely, brian. be careful. great reporting as always. you can see those winds really picking up in new orleans. just a nasty scene in the big easy right now. brian todd, thanks. now to houma, louisiana, not too far from where hurricane ida made landfall. jason carroll is there. things have really gone downhill since the last time we spoke with you. how are things on your end? >> well, i tell you, jim, as you said it, the conditions here have deteriorated to a point where it's really become severe. the eye wall now just about upon us. still not here yet. but you can see these bands of
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wind and rain that had steadily been coming through here in houma. makes it very difficult at this point to stand up, but, you know, i checked in with the sheriff to try to get an indication of how the rest of this city is faring. you can take a look at the severe wind bands blowing through here. the sheriff has already reported downed power lines, downed trees, some damage to homes out here in houma. when i asked him to specify the type of damage he's seen so far he could just say some damage to homes. i asked also at this point if he's received any emergency calls from people here calling in saying they need help or need assistance. and, jim, thankfully, so far, despite all that you're seeing out here, and as severe and dramatic as it looks, he says so far at least so far at this point, he has not received any emergency calls from people in houma in need of assistance.
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again, eye wall is just about upon us. that is going to be even more severe than what we're seeing now. then there's going to be a moment of calm or so. and then we'll get the back end of it as well. and so there might be some folks out here might think as the eye wall comes over us and there's a moment of calm -- hard to imagine in all of this. there's a moment of call, you think you can come out but that's what emergency officials say you should not be doing. they want people to stay and shelter in place. not come out and to stay in place. already just from being out here, again, power lines. our power is out here at this location. throughout the city of houma. the best thing to do at this point is to shelter in place. i can tell you, i've been through some category 5 hurricanes. hurricane rita and hurricane wilma. and even though this is not a category 5, it's a category 4,
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as we all well know, when you're standing out here, it pretty much all feels the same. so everyone here in houma hunkering down and preparing as the eye wall now is just about upon us. jim? >> hunkering down in houma is right. jason, you to that as well. we'll get back to you. you can really see the winds picking up. i've been in one of those eyes before. and it can be eerie. it can be very calm but make no mistake. there's no nastiness to come. jason carroll, thank you. let's go to the cnn weather center where jennifer gray is tracking this storm. one of the things that is just really apparent as we look at how things have gone downhill and brian todd's live shot, jason carroll's live shot is, you know, when ida was making landfall, it was sort of hitting some of those parts of louisiana where maybe we didn't have cameras because it wasn't a densely populated area.
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now it's hitting areas like houma, those tough bands of the storm are hitting new orleans. now our reporters are really seeing the devastating effects of this storm. >> we're seeing it firsthand. and the conditions are going to deteriorate rapidly over the next half hour or so for our crews. especially for jason. he should probably get to his safe place now. that inner eye wall approaches him. approaches houma and you talk about being in the eye, the calmness. the back side of that eye wall is going to hit you without any warning. it's very different than the front half of the storm coming where the winds gradually increase, rain increases. when you hit that back side of the eye wall and you're outside trying to take pictures of the eye, you'll have no warning. it's incredibly dangerous. take note of that. the winds are going to be fierce over the next several hours for places like houma, new orleans. you're on the east side of the storm. the eye will pass just to your west. so we're going to get sustained
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winds, 100, 115 miles per hour in this area shaded in pink. this is an extreme wind warning. and so this is almost like an ef-2 tornado, for example. just making a slow roll across this region. you need to prepare for this just as you would a tornado warning. get to a place away from windows. this hurricane could easily pick up objects, trees, debris, anything and it will turn into a projectile. could come through your window. get away from windows, into the bottom floor of your home and stay there for the next several hours as this storm continues to make a slow crawl up through louisiana. what's interesting, too, is the eye actually looks better organized now than when it came right onshore. you have to remember a lot of south louisiana, a lot of marsh land right here. very warm water. as it was coming onshore, so the eye actually got even better
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organized just after landfall. winds are around 100 miles per hour most likely. at least the gusts are around houma. they're going to continue to get worse within the next 30 minutes or so. we've already had wind reports of 148 miles per hour in grand isle. port fourchon. this 148 has an asterisk because the gauge broke at that point. most likely we had winds even higher. look at this. new orleans lake front already experiencing hurricane-force wind gusts. and you'll continue to experience those for the next several hours. it's not going to get better until that storm not only reaches next to you, when it's just west of you but it's going to have to pass northwest of you before you finally see those hurricane wind gusts subside. so you'll be in the brunt of it. you are right now and you'll continue to be so for the next several hours. we could see 110-mile-per-hour winds or more in this area shaded in pink. and then as the storm moves to
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the north, we're going to hang onto those hurricane force winds over the next several, several hours into tonight overnight and then into tomorrow morning. a lot of areas will still get those hurricane gusts. this storm is weakening very, very slowly, jim. over the last couple of hours, the winds have only come down about 10 miles per hour. it's still a very dangerous category 4 storm. and just to reiterate, everyone in the south louisiana area near houma, all the golden meadow and into new orleans already getting the hurricane gusts. now is the time to get to your safe place, jim. >> two quick questions for you. one is i also extremely impressed with how well defined that eye wall is when you look at that radar. does that have any effect on just the sheer impact of this storm and how devastating it might be? that is impressive when a storm comes ashore like that, a hurricane comes ashore like that and the eye is still that well
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defined. it's probably happened before but that is standing out to me. and one of the other things i wanted to ask you about is this anecdote that the mississippi river, the flow of the mississippi river was reversed by this storm. i can't imagine this is the first time that has ever happened. but how remarkable is that to you? >> it is incredibly remarkable. we know the volume of water that flows down stream in the mississippi river. about a four-hour time span where the wind and the surge was so powerful that it actually caused the mississippi river to flow upstream. it's now flowing in the proper direction so the mississippi river is now flowing downstream again but it just shows you the power of water, the power of the surge that can actually reverse the mississippi river. it's remarkable. and to your first question about the structure of the eye wall. you don't see that every day. normally you see a storm come onshore and quickly after you'll see the eye become a little more ragged. the fact this became more organized just shows you the
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strength of this storm. the more symmetrical the eye is, the more powerful the storm is. the more organized the storm is, so it's a sure bet that we definitely have winds of 150 miles per hour right around that eye wall. it's remarkable. i think a lot of it has to do with the amount of marsh and water that is in south louisiana. so it was able to hold onto its intensity. and it's able to hold on now even after landfall. so it's incredibly unfortunate all these towns in south louisiana, very special places that are experiencing winds like this for this long of a duration. so we are going to see catastrophic damage across many of these towns in south louisiana, jim. >> and as that storm heads inland as well. jennifer gray, thanks so much. hurricane ida now ties laura as he strongest storm to ever make landfall in louisiana. joining us on the phone is
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louisiana's lieutenant governor billy nungasser. lieutenant governor, we have spoken before. it's been some time. you have so much experience dealing with these storms over the years. you have been a public servant in your state for a long time. you are in baton rouge now. i suppose it's not that bad yet, but i -- from what my colleague jennifer gray was talking about, it sounds like this may still be a very well defined and dangerous storm when it gets to where you are. >> absolutely. you know, we usually don't see a hurricane get that far inland as a category 1 or 2. this will surely bring that to baton rouge where a lot of structures that have never been through this before. so along the coast it's expected. so it will do a lot of damage as it travels through louisiana. and it's just being on the anniversary of katrina makes it a little more unsettling knowing what people are going through. i just spoke to dean blanchett
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who his seafood dock is completely gone and half of his house disappeared from grand isle. and he's been through so many of these. and to talk to these people that are just -- it's sad. it's going to be a long recovery. >> and when you know folks like dean blanchard who has been through so many of these storms, when he's feeling the effects to the extent you just mentioned, that tells you how severe all this is. the number one priority is getting through the storm. but is louisiana prepared, do you think, for the days and months ahead to deal with this kind of catastrophic damage? is this taking you by surprise as to how severe this is coming ashore? >> yes, you know, we kind of hope it's not going to be as bad as projected. and this one seems to be every bit of that. yes, we unfortunately have been through preparing so many times that we weren't having to be
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activated. the governor's team, cajun navy, wildlife fisheries, all of those people are ready to deploy to rescue those left behind. hopefully we'll be able to rescue them and not find them perished because they stayed behind for something they shouldn't have. >> and that is just going to be a desperate situation when rescue crews, first responders head into those communities and parishes. but i want to ask you, lieutenant governor. we know because of covid-19 and the delta variant that the hospitals were already in pretty dire situation. they were in dire straits before hurricane ida made landfall and started to wreak havoc across your state. what about the hospitals? are they prepared? what kind of conversations are you having with those hospital officials about how they are doing? >> well, you know, i know the governor has reached out to the president and knowing that we may need additional resources deployed here in louisiana to
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handle those people that may be injured. that need to get medical attention because you're right. the hospitals were filled up before this hurricane. and it's going to be a stretch to handle any influx of damage of people that may need critical care right after this storm. it was a tough thing to see many of these hospitals that under normal circumstances may have been shut down and evacuated get through this storm without a lot of problems. but we know those medical professionals, they brought some clothes and stayed at those hospitals to care for those critically ill people. and we've got some real champions here in louisiana, as everyone does. >> absolutely. they are all heroes. i don't have to tell you how devastating katrina was. you're well versed in that area. that hits as a category 3. it weakened to a category 3. ida, a category 4 and just it looks like a vicious storm as
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it's coming ashore. what is your biggest concern right now? what is standing out to you as you are seeing this come in? >> well, i'm talking to people that know of people that stayed behind. and that worries me. i rode out katrina 14 miles. never again will i do it. we rescued 34 people by air boat. floating mobile homes off rooftops. and that storm, it seems like this storm will be a lot worse. i hope there's rooftops and floating mobile homes to rescue people from. because the size of this storm and the power, there may not be a lot left in its path where it came ashore and that tidal surge wiped out homes and businesses. it may not be attics for people to climb into as we saw in katrina. so we are hopeful, but we'll be ready to rescue those people immediately after the winds die down. >> and just very quickly, you do think the levees are going to be okay in new orleans?
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i know that's been a subject of an area of concern. sounds like they'll hold? >> i think new orleans should be okay. there is $2 billion in federal levees being constructed in my payish. a lot of those levees are brand-new. no vegetation, and we're concerned that that raw dirt could wash away pretty quickly. and that is a certain. we needed a couple more years before those levees could grow vegetation and really hold up the storm surge. so we're concerned about those levees with raw dirt washing away as well in plaquemines parish. >> lieutenant governor billy nungesser, best of luck to you. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you for your time. nearly 300,000 customers without power in louisiana right now. that number is going to go up, no doubt about that. and the storm is nowhere near over. we can see from our crews who
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are all across the storm area as hurricane ida is coming ashore there. just sending us devastating pictures of the damage and destruction. our special coverage continues. you're live in the cnn newsroom.
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just sent in that video to us. just a sense of the devastating effects of hurricane ida as the category 4 storm makes landfall in louisiana. we're going to, of course, continue to stay on top of this. and one coastal city feeling the effects of this storm is morgan city, louisiana. joining me is morgan city mayor lee dragna. what are the conditions like in your city? are things worsening there? it looks like you're right in the thick of it. >> yeah, they're starting to -- the conditions are deteriorating pretty good. i think we're about 50 or 60-mile-an-hour winds. a lot of trees down, power out. power outage. some issues at the hospital. a few things. not horribly bad but only going to get worse as the day goes on. >> and you mentioned the hospital. how are things holding up at the hospital? >> oh, they have been having a few issues with the generator
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switching over. so they -- some electricians went over there and helped them out. but they are doing okay now. they're fine. >> and what's your main concern right now as the storm and effect of this storm make their way toward morgan city. we can see the eye heading towards houma la, la. morgan city is off to the west of that but it's coming your way. what is your big concern right now? >> wind. the wind and loss of power. we have a lot of older people in this town. we need a lot of them need oxygen saturation units, stuff like that because of covid. so they need electricity. so we've got to figure that out as we go. a lot of people left. they heed the warning, but a lot of people stayed, too. we have to deal with that when this is over. >> and i was just about to ask you that. do you know how many residents
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stayed behind? and what's the terrain like in morgan city? will emergency crews, first responders be able to get to your residents who did stay behind? >> yeah, we're not worried. we have a good levee system and a really good pumping system. we're not worried about that. first responders might have to cut their way through to them through the trees if too many trees have fallen. >> what are you telling your residents if they call for an emergency, call 911. do they have to wait it out or can your crews still get out at this point? what is the guidance you're giving residents? >> it's completely up to the fire department. if the fire department says they can go and they want to go they'll go. right now, they'll go. but if it gets much worse, they'll not be able to go. you can't put all of our equipment and all of our people in harm's way, you know. we're not going to do that. if the fire chief says no, it's
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no. so, it's his call. >> right. and you mentioned that many of the residents in your city are senior citizens. do you get the sense that because of the covid situation that more people decided to stay behind and hunker down? do you understand what the rationale may be for some of these residents as to why they made that decision? >> i believe that 100%. and a lot of them told me that. i can't argue with them. i can't help them right now. that's the problem. >> so they're telling you, i'm staying home because of covid. i don't want to catch the delta variant, that sort of thing? >> that's correct. >> all right. morgan city mayor lee dragna. i certainly understand that concern, but we appreciate your time. thanks so much. good luck to you and the fire officials and folks at the hospital who are dealing with this. thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> and our coverage continues of hurricane ida in just a moment.
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want to check back in on houma, louisiana, not too far from where hurricane ida made landfall. cnn's jason carroll is there. it's right on top of you right now, it seems. what can you tell us? >> it is, jim. we've shifted positions to a safer location next to a brick structure to give us more of a barrier against what we're experiencing right now as the eye is upon us. behind us, this tree has fallen. the tree has come uprooted behind us. you can see that here.
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more reports coming in from throughout houma. more downed trees. power lines. damage to structures. tough to see out there as you can see the eye wall of hurricane ida coming down on houma at the moment as we speak. emergency officials are basically telling folks that you are sheltering in place. once the eye passes and there might be a bit of a respite, a bit of calm, continue to shelter in place and to stay in place because you'll have the back side of the storm that's going to come in as well. when speaking to emergency officials i asked them, what's going to dictate what you do next and how you proceed once the storm moves on? basically was told, they say they'll let mother nature take its course to tell them what they can do and when they can do it. again, i want to emphasize in speaking to the sheriff, i asked him, and this was an hour or so ago if he received any emergency
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calls from folks in need of assistance or needing help and he says so far, at least so far, he still has not received -- they have not received emergency calls for people needing assistance. again, there's been about 60 to 80% of the folks who live in houma heeding those evacuation warnings knowing this was going to be upon them and got out. that still leaves a significant number of people sheltering in place. so waiting now for the eye of the storm to pass over. then perhaps a bit of a break and then we'll have the back end of this storm as well. right now houma is right in the center of it. jim? >> certainly is. jason, you're in the center of it. we're hearing now from louisiana officials about 400,000 power outages in louisiana. that is up from the number we had earlier this afternoon. when you're looking around the area off camera, what are you seeing, jason, in terms of, are emergency responders out and
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about at this point or are they hunkering down? are you seeing people try to look and see what's happening. looky-loos, that sort of thing. are you seeing anything like that? >> good question, jim. a couple of things. in terms of emergency responders, i do know that a number of them are hunkering down at a secure location next to the courthouse. that is a brick structure so they are hunkering down and not going out. they are waiting for this to pass before moving out and doing any assessments. i can tell you that at this point, power is out. we've seen and heard, you know power outages coming through. we've seen -- we can see right now that light there, that flic. i've not seen one looky-loo out here. we've now shifted our location to a position against a bruck
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structure where there's a brick overhang and an area to shield ourselves a bit more from these very severe wind gusts coming through here. in terms of emergency vehicles, they made it very clear. they are staying hunkering down until all of this passes. and then, again, they'll let mother nature dictate how they can get out there. what he says they'll do is obviously try to get their motorcade out there to see if they can make their way through some of the streets to see about some of the damage and downed power lines. there's already been -- they have reports of downed power lines in houma throughout the area. basically what they'll be doing is waiting for all of this to pass through before they head out. >> jason, great report. our thanks to your photographer as well for hanging in there. we know you're taking all the safety precautions necessary to bring us that live report. we'll get back to you shortly. i want to show you some live
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pictures of the situation in new orleans. just a nasty scene in the big easy as hurricane ida is starting to lash that part of louisiana. it's not made its way to new orleans just yet, but you can see from that situation in houma where jason is, those kinds of winds will be heading to new orleans. if people are watching us in new orleans, don't look out the window and think this is the worst of it. the worst of it is coming your way. stay tuned. stay inside. stay safe. our special coverage of hurricane ida continues after this. you're live in the cnn newsroom. baptiste caretto. r ancestry threads all of the little facts together into a narrative so you get to feel like you're walking the same path they did. [whispered] air wick. get more fresh fragrance with air wick scented oils. for the price of one frebreze refill, you get two air wick refills. for over 50% more of the fresh fragrance you love. choose air wick.
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things are definitely getting more intense in new orleans right now where cnn's nadia ramiro is standing by. the wind and storm surge are so strong that we know they partially reversed the flow of the mississippi river near new orleans. we heard that earlier this afternoon from one of our meteorologists. what are you seeing on your end? looks like the wind is picking up? it's getting as intense as we saw with jason carroll awhile ago in houma. >> absolutely, jim. and we last time we talked to you were over by canal street, closer to the french quarter. we've moved. we're by st. charles avenue. this is st. charles avenue and behind me is a trolley. a car coming so we'll move out of the way. there are people moving about here during the storm. so this is st. charles avenue. and on the other side of the street is the trolley system.
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it's unreal being out here. it feels like you're on the set of a movie, but it's a movie starring hurricane ida, and it's real life. so take a look at this building. the awning on this building ripped off because of ida. all of that strong wind. and it has just been lifted up and banging back against the window. we're waiting for it to come flying off at any moment. if you look on the ground, you have pieces of the roof. this is part of the roof from a building behind our photo journalist dominik swan. that was ripped off during the storm and is lying on the street here. it's why we have 400,000-some people without power because this part of town is full of trees. and those trees are breaking limbs everywhere and they're crashing onto those power lines. and power is out. and it is so unsafe for people to be out so those emergency
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crews, emergency responders are not out right now because they're trying to keep themselves safe and then they'll go out and help people when they can. jim? >> and what can you tell us about the -- can you tell us more about that building just to the side of you where you can see the awning. the awning or umbrellas have been ripped off of that rooftop restaurant there? did that just happen in the last couple of minutes? does that go to how serious this is becoming? >> yeah, this is something that has only gotten worse. when we arrived maybe 20 minutes ago, still portions of the awning were attached to the building. now you can see it's all the way ripped off and lying on the side of that railing there. the railing isn't going to hold it up forever, right? especially knowing that the worst of ida is yet to come. so that will likely come down. this part of town is used to having those power outages because it's an older part of town, because they have large trees. some of these buildings, though,
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were able to survive other storms but ida just too strong for it now. jim? >> absolutely. and we know as the weather intensifies in your area, those awnings across the street, they may just blow right off of that rooftop there. so you stay safe, nadia. we know you will and your crew. great pictures from your photographer as well. thanks for that report. we appreciate it. coming up next -- much more coverage of our live reporting on hurricane ida. that is coming up next. you're live in the cnn newsroom. stay with us.
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our continuing coverage of hurricane ida as it's battering louisiana right now. cnn's derek van dam is on the story in houma. derek, you have just been getting hammered there all afternoon. but it looks pretty bad right now. what can you tell us? >> jim, these are literally scenes of my worst nightmares. we are staring down the eye of a monster category 4 hurricane. and it is unleashing its fury on houma, louisiana, as we speak. i have to continue to peer behind me because a large tree has just fallen down, and i want to make sure it doesn't travel this way. what you can't see to my right and to my left is that i do have protection between this concrete
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building. but this is what it's like to ride out a category 4 hurricane. it is extreme. it is loud. and it is literally feeling like a million pin pricks battering my face as these gusts come through. we've had intermittent internet connection here so we don't know how close we are to the eye wall, but my guess is that we have to be ten minutes from the strongest part of hurricane ida. you have to feel for the people here and just talking to some of the residents who decided to evacuate to this hotel where we are at, and they have told us that they are pleased that it is at least a hurricane that's making landfall during the day because they feared for the residents who did not come to these shelters. did not come to these hotels and are riding the storm out in their homes. if it was dark, this would be an
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absolute catastrophic disaster for these people to live through something like this. we at least have the safety of a building in front of us. jim? >> absolutely. and we're glad that you're taking those precautions. derek, since you've been there all afternoon, does it feel like things have progressively gotten worse to this point? are these the most intense effects of the storm you've felt so far? >> all right. yeah, this is without a doubt the strongest part of the storm we've felt so far, and just -- >> wow. >> let these visuals play out. the reason i can stand here is only because of this concrete wall to my left. i am literally seeing trees topple over behind me. we've got trees on -- we've got trees on top of vehicles in our parking lot. we have no power here. we're running off of this
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vehicle's ac generated power. and we're thankful we have it, but every once in a while, some of the strongest wind gusts take and knock this suburban, large suv, up and down. you can see that rocking motion. just because of the pure strength of the wind. i'm not a particularly tall man. i'm not a particularly heavy man. 5'10", 150 pounds. maybe a bit too much information for our viewers, but let me tell you why that's important. because without the protection from this wall here, if i step ten feet behind me, this small little man would be knocked on his ass. jim? >> derek, i tell you, you weigh a little more than that with all that water on you. but you stay safe there and hunker down in that crew vehicle that we have you in. but appreciate that live coverage. you can see derek right now just having a tough time maintaining
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newsroom. i'm jim acosta in washington. we're following breaking news this hour. louisiana getting slammed right now by hurricane ida which made landfall just hours ago as an extremely dangerous category 4 storm. to put it simply, ida is every bit as serious as forecasters predicted. maybe even worse. we're talking about winds of 145 miles per hour. life-threatening storm surge and torrential rain. extensive flooding in some areas already. grand isle, louisiana, that is just for starters. this all happening 16 years to the day that hurricane katrina made landfall in the state of louisiana. statewide, more than 400,000 customers, 400,000 customers without power. that number expected to keep rising as the storm moves inland. ida is now tied with hurricane laura as the strongest storm ever to hit louisiana. we're tracking this from every angle with our team of reporters. jason carroll live in houma,
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