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this is a fox news weather alerts. the storm is slamming new orleans seven years to the day after hurricane katrina devastated the city. we all covered katrina. hard to believe it has been seven years. they made improvements, but question is whether or not it can withstand the storm surge right now 11 feet of surge and all of this is going on. the surge is 6.9 reported, and it is a dangerous situation still. >> good morning, everyone. happy to have you with us. 3:00 a.m. east coast time. but it is midnight out west. >> we are here to do a couple things, first to keep you safe. if you still have power and you are watching, we will have advisories and the latest we
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will be here until 5:00 a.m. i know fox we have the most generous audience in the world. we are going to be talking to the red cross and other agency there's on the job to try to help everybody when dawn breaks. this is our third hour of live coverage of hurricane isaac. yes, we are live. this turns out to be a doosie of a storm. it slowed to a crawl. >> that's the problem. it is creating a threat of flooding across the gulf coast. it is simply sitting there. it is seven miles per hour and it is not really moving. the louisiana governor set the stage on tuesday warning folks about what lies ahead. >> for areas in the direct path of the storm there will be hurricane-force winds and perhaps lasting as long as six and 10 hours. additionally the slow movement of the storm means there is a greater chance of heavy rain. the forecast shows there can be as much as anywhere between 10 and 16 inches of rain in
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some of the areas. slow movement obviously means not only lon -- longer duration for the winds, but we could see tornadoes today and tomorrow. >> so bad news, it is stalled. let's begin our coverage with our chief meteorologist. >> that is a problem. it means it is going to rain across southeastern louisiana, mississippi and alabama. this will be a 30-- 36-hour event of the strong winds and strong rain of the unfortunately major problems for these people. one thing we are seeing is dry air on the western side that will mean some weakening of the storm. it has not moved much at all over the last three hours. it is still over water. the pressure has -- the latest advisory came out, and the only change is that the pressure dropped 1 more mill millibar. it is at 968 millibars generally.
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on a large storm like this there isn't that quick of a correlation to it. potentially it will not weaken that quickly. these yellows and the reds that you can see are continuing to pummel new orleans. that i think what will continue for a very longtime. likely another eight to 12 hours of the heaviest winds, but it could go on for longer. let's look at what the future radar and wind is going. that's the wind speed. this right there is the time. the yellow and reds are the heaviest of the rain. go forward in time and we are into these upper 50s. we are talking about winds in the 70s. by tomorrow morning or about 24 hours from now still into the 60s and still a heavy wind and rain. we just got a very long duration storm. because of that, that's why we have a threat for flooding. this is a look at where the storm eventually pulls in and
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brings the rain. places like arkansas that need the rain, and you get to parts of the central and northern plains. we desperately need the rain. there will be some bull's eyes here in indiana, illinois and missouri that will see four to eight inches of rain. you think that is good because you have such a big drought going on, but that much rain falling in such a short time will cause some significant inland flooding. by the time we get to saturday or so here across areas of the plains we will have trouble with flooding. far inland away from the storm unfortunately. this is not just a coast ali vent. coastal event. >> the land just can't handle that much intense saturation all at once. i know you will keep an eye on it, rick. >> have i to ask rick a question -- i have to ask rick a question before we let you go. one of the earlier advisories said the storm was moving at 7 miles an hour.
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now i got an e-mail that it is lits rally stationary which would mean much more rainfall. how long do they anticipate or can we predict how long it will stay without moving? >> here is the deal. when you get a storm this stationary you don't have any real significant steering urpt c. current. it is a steering current and that's how we get an idea of how it is going to go. and that's usually a system that will be farther off toward the north and a weakness in the atmosphere that will allow the storm to pull up. that's why we have had a hard time forecasting this. we don't have a good idea on the steering currents. it should not stay stationary long. some of the latest models pull it off toward the west. they could linger here for another 12 to 15 hours right across the southern louisiana area, jaime. >> we will be here at least for two more hours.
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we'll keep everyone posted. thank you so much. >> incredible. isaac is bat rig -- battering new orleans. the levies are being put to the test really for the first time since the hurricane katrina hit. that was seven years ago wednesday. and sean joins us with our fox affiliate wvue. he is live on canal street in new orleans. talk to us about the situation in new orleans now jie. it picked up over the last couple -- >> it has pibbed up over the last couple -- picked up over the last couple hours. for the city limits on canal street to the last hour or so it has picked it up a notch. it has been strong all day. we are really feeling it as we get closer and closer inland here. right now it has picked up the pace. it is a dangerous place to be
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outdoors or if you are in your house, stay inside. the bulk of it, the biggest brunt is coming through right now. >> sean, what did most people in new orleans do? >> that's a great question. and i don't mean to make light of it, i don't necessarily think they expected this much. this is such an unpredictable storm that a lot of people up until earlier today this this wasn't even a hurricane. it was tropical storm. for the most part people here, they stayed. so you are talking maybe 20 to 25% of the people in the new orleans metro area evacuated, but other than that most of the people are here in new orleans riding this thing out. to answer your question, most are in new orleans right now. >> so, sean, i talked to an expert a few minutes ago who is a phd, he has studied levve -- levee systems and studied
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new orleans and he said it is going to flood. any idea what affect this will have on the people who decided this is a big deal? >> the good news is we have dealt with flooding bever. flooding before. let's hope and pray it is not catastrophic flooding. i think right now if it does flood and if it is minor flooding, i think people are understanding how to deal with that, let's just hope it is not catastrophic. that was due to levees breaking. this was the first test since hurricane katrina that the new and improved levees will be put to the test. i guess we can see. as of right now, there is no flooding or major flooding inside the city limits. 24r* is minor street -- there
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is minor street flooding. the streets that normally typically flood when there is an extended rain storm. for now thinks at least at this point when it comes to flooding are okay. >> sean, it seems really calm right where you are right now. has that been changing a lot? >> yes, it has. i am under an over pass here, an ihop sign. the wind has been constantly shifting behind me. at times it is going from side to side. i feel it on my back. right now it has lightened up a little bit. i will get my photographer to pan to his right. you look at the canal street sign and it is really moving right now. it is up and down. that gives you an idea how strong the wind is. it has a few lulls and then picks up the pace and then drops down. it is typical for what we are dealing with right now. at this second you said calm -- it is as calm as it has been in the last couple hours.
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it could intensity as it has done all night. did everybody -- >> did everybody pack it up and the shops shutdown early earlier today? >> yes, we have been at it wall to wall, 24-hour coverage really since actually two days ago really, late sunday evening. we have been at it ever since then. we have been all over the city and all over the metro area just kind of reporting on what is going on. the city of new orleans has done all right. other parts -- they are worried about the stalling action of the hurricane where parts like lafitte, plaqueminess parish and st. bernards parish are getting pounded right now. as you saw with the meteorologists a few moments ago it hasn't moved. it is stationary and we have to sit and wait and let this thing run out. >> sean from our wvue affiliate, thanks very much
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for being with us. appreciate it. >> we are glad to hear right now that most folks are staying safe especially those who have evacuated. don't go back yet because things are expected to be severe after all of this rainfalls. ultimately the path of isaac will take it to baton rouge, louisiana. it is about 80 miles northwest of new orleans. and forecasters are saying that isaac will make its way there. he has been advising folks to take the precautions. anna coyman did take preet cautions, but she had to stay put, and it looks calm where you are. what do you expect to happen from here, anna? >> the calm before the storm you are absolutely right, jaime. you can see the wind rattling these trees, but it is off and on. we have had a minimal amount of rain, but preparing for a smack down. you mentioned evacuations. there are voluntary and mandatory evacuations and place in the state of
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louisiana. we are getting updates, media briefings from the louisiana governor bobbie gindel. it is a command center. the department of homeland security and emergency preparedness building is where we are. you mentioned power outages. you are getting -- it looks like we may just have lost power right here. and it looks like some of the generators are kicking on around us. but anyway, utility officials tell us 237,000 homes and businesses in southeastern louisiana have been left without power and are likely to remain so throughout the duration of the storm. looks like we are starting to feel it in baton rouge. the jefferson and orleans parishes are bearing the impact from the slow-moving hurricane isaac. as for the folks who chose to stay put and ride out the storm, they are told to stay inside and hunker down. residents have been filling up sandbags and buying batteries and getting all of the essentials like food and water.
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they wanted a full disaster declaration at the moment. president barack obama has declared a limited declaration which will not reimburse for expenses that they incurred or local governments either while they were preparing for hurricane isaac. take a listen. >> there are only certain declarations they can make. they have the request, but they haven't acted on. it but they do have the request. >> and ironically as we have been talking about this morning, this is the seven-year anniversary of hurricane katrina, august 29th, 2005. seven years to the day. 80% of new orleans was flooded and 1800 people perished in that terrible tragedy. >> all right, anna. let me ask you this question. you are showing us people driving around and obviously a
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lot of people evacuated and they will want to get back. some people in your area are wanting to leave town. what is the situation? as you said the power has just gone out and what about getting fuel? is that an issue? >> we saw several gas stations packed and the prices are actually up. in fact, the louisiana attorney general's office has been get august lot of complaints, a slew of complaints about price gouging and particularly about gas prices themselves. i heard on a local radio station that people were calling in raging that they were going by gas stations, and one moment they were one price and a moment later 15 or 20 cents higher. half of the oil refineries in the gulf have shutdown as hurricane isaac approaches. they have granted a waiver for these gas stations to use their summer blend and continue using them to make
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sure the supply was not depleted too badly. >> it is at the tip of the boot and the slow-moving storm and evacuees are being serviced in the shelters. we are awaiting our next media briefing some time. we don't expect anything in the overnight hours, but at some point midmorning. we will let you know about the power situation as the situation changes. >> let me put greg, jarod and my lawyer hats on. folks, if you are in any of these areas and you suspect price gouging or you expect consumer fraud riboffs over the next couple days, you call your attorney general. you call the authorities. that should not happen, and there are those out there, greg, we see it every time
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they try to take advantage. >> the attorney generals have a division prepared for this sort of thing. call your ag right away. lots of folks are trying to take cover until isaac passes through. but others, well, they are out in the middle of all of the wind and the rain, and they are there on purpose, actually. we are talking talking about storm chasers. he is a storm chaser and he joins us from new orleans. where are you and what is the situation? >> i am in gulf port, mississippi right now. >> he is chasing the storm, greg. >> of course uare on the move. >> tell us about the situation there. >> well, i am on the fourth story of the hotel. the media is right across the highway, and it is a hundred yards from the ocean. the most amazing thing is looking out, and you can barely see the ocean and it is
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literally white with white caps out there. anything heading east with the storm surge must be getting pounded. the winds are parallel to the coast. >> we are looking out the four-story -- >> we thought you were a storm chaser, pal. >> unfortunately at night there is not much you can do. all of the media is just hunk erred down here. there is also a curfew on. i have seen people going out to challenge that and they were surrounded by the police. >> you were playing by the rules because they told you to get off the streets, but how does this one look to you so far? >> most hurricanes, they are
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in and out relatively quick. but this one, the persistence is absolutely amazing and 25 years of storm chasing, i don't remember encountering one that was like this and stalled for so long. >> are you a tornado chaser? >> i do chase tornadoes. but they are almost impossible to see and you they are 40 miles an hour quicker. with the visibility it is almost impossible to chase a tornado. >> i came up close and personal under a bridge. happenstance. >> warren talk to us about concerns of flooding and where are you right now? how worried are people? >> i don't think people worried at the moment. police had a hard time getting
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people off the beach. people were playing in th storm surge that was unnerving. but the good thing here is the winds are peril let. it is like they are coming due east here and that is blowing the ocean and the potential storm surge away. it is blowing it to the west. if the winds come from the ocean toward the north we will probably have and that is the big problem right now are the winds piling the water up. some locations along the coast are probably getting hammered right now. >> warren, thanks for taking a couple of minutes. >> warren is safe tonight. a storm chaser's job is apparently done for the evening, at least in that location. but all eyes are on this growing threat. seriously, folks, this storm is huge and staying put where it is. it is pouring off so much water with the rain that the flooding tomorrow will be severe. destructive path across the gulf at this hour.
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coming up, the under pooing -- the pounding surf and torrential rains. there could be an upside to the storm. fortunately, hopefully, no injuries, but the severe drought in the midwest, will this be the answer? we will be right back.
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welcome back and time for a quick check of the headlines. app romney took the stand and she was -- ann romney took the stand and then she was joined by her husband on stage. he is now officially the republican party's candidate and he will deliver his speech. we also heard from chris christie, the keynote speaker, who told folks to accept hard truths about the economy from governor romney. and former pennsylvania senator arlin specter reveals he is fighting cancer again. the 82-year-old long-time republican turned democrat calls his illness, quote, another battle i intend to win. welcome back, everybody. alabama has been spared a direct hit so far, but there
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is a lot of wind and rain. the evacuation order is no longer in affect. but folks in low-lying coastal areas are seeking shelter and higher ground away from isaac's pounding surf. so close to that surf are phil and the coastal town of theodore in alabama. how are you holding up? >> we are holding up. all across the gulf coast region, there are tornadoes and across mobile bay over there, that's where -- somebody spotted something that seemed legitimately like a tornado. watches remain in affect until 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning, but that could be extended now that hurricane isaac is stalling out there on the
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southeastern corner of louisiana to my right and your left, and as we saw from tallahassee, florida very few people are out and about. a lot of tree removal and a lot of utility trucks and convoys so a lot in the gulf coast region. >> of course phil doing his best to bring us the latest. as you can see the winds and the rain are not dying down. oh, he is back. >> is he back? >> phil? he is sort of back. >> we will check back with him for sure. >> just so folks know there is a satellite truck there. you try to position it behind a building that is sturdy, but
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the wind will shake the satellite dish. when it does it disrupts the transmission into space. >> even if this day and age. >> i know. >> we do do our best, and phil will keep us posted what is happening there. we are here and we have other reporters that are standing by at the top of the hour as well. >> hurricane isaac is slowing down just a bit. we will have a live update. do we have rick? is rick standing by? >> other side of the break. >> he is working on his maps. >> and i want to ask you a pop quiz when you come back about the drought in the midwest. i am worried about those folks. let us know if this rain could be a good thing for them. folks, stay where you are. we will be right back.
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welcome back, the affects of hurricane isaac being felt across the gulf coast right now. the national hurricane center is reporting that isaac is trudging along at seven miles per hour although i might debate that. near the southeast louisiana coast, and the center adds that isaac is actually forecast to drift over that coast over the next 24 to 48 hours. the guy who might back me up here is our chief meteorologist. i am not sure it is 7 miles per hour. are you? >> i am not.
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a writer didn't update that. it is stationery now and it is not moving at all. jaime has been talking about the drought and she brings up a good point. this is where we have drought going on. you can notice across arkansas and little rock, the darkest area there, that's the worst drought. it is exceptional drought. areas of arkansas to missouri or illinois and indiana. we will throw more colors on the map and look at what happens here. these colors here, that's all precipitation. it cuts right across arkansas and then in through missouri and indiana. at least for part of where we have drought we are going to get some rain. we have significant drought off toward the west, and with that said even though we might see some four to eight-inch rainfall totals across arkansas, that will not bus this drought. it will certainly help. the problem is it will fall so
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quickly we will get a lot of flooding across this area. that answers that question. want to show you one other thing. this is the latest radar image here. you can see the yellows and reds right there. right there very heavy toward new orleans. you just had a guest on, a storm chase neither gulf port, mississippi, and he was talking about storm surge. he said the winds are heading toward the west that's exactly it. with that circulation he is not getting the piling up of the waves in gulf port. all of it is coming back near lake ponchatrain. and the way this is situated once the water gets into the area it can't get out until the winds recede. we already have a rise in shell beach. this unfortunately will continue the surge and will continue across the same area for a longtime. one last thing, jaime. we were talking a little bit ago about the winds and how
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long this storm will trek off toward the west before taking a northerly turn. th is a look at one of the forecast future models. look at this. 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, new orleans has been seeing all of those pictures out of new orleans and still at 70 mile an hour wind gusts and the storm off toward the west will make a turn 24 hours from now and heading off toward the northwest and eventually toward the northwest. lafayette, louisiana 24 hours from now, winds gusting to hurricane force, particularly baton rouge. winds gusting toward the 70 mile an hour range. and even winds northern louisiana toward the 50s. this is thursday evening. we have a very, very long ways ahead of us. >> as i said, get out the red bull. it will be a busy one. you were talking about the surge at this hour, and with the storm staying stationary,
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how does surge work? does it pick up? does it stay stationary if the storm does president move out quickly -- doesn't move out quickly? it continues to pile more in. there if you have winds 70 miles an hour, 80 miles an hour, that continues to push the water. you can see it, it piles it toward this area. as i said, it can't get out. the only way the surge will eventually recede is once the winds change direction and it is not continuing to pile it up. that doesn't mean we will see a storm surge, it just means it will keep the water in there before it can released it and let it back out. >> the next advisory? >> it will come out at 5:00, and that will be a full advise rear, a complete advisory with a new track and all of the new specifications. that will be the next one. don't expect too many changes, maybe very slight weakening because of the dry air that gets in there, but that remains to be seen. >> rick, thank you. look at these pictures.
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downtown new orleans from our affiliate. we thanked them for that. reporters are scattered and talking about the gulf coast and telling people to listen to the authorities. >> we are dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area. now is not the time to tempt fate. now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. you need to take this seriously. >> we certainly are. the president declaring a limited state of emergency on monday. more than 24 hours before isaac came ashore. those could be updated as we see, greg, tomorrow, what flooding we will encounter. >> daylight will obviously shed some light on the situation. some louisiana delegates from the new orleans area at the rnc convention. and they are wrestling with the decision right now whether to go back home. they are finding it is a
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challenge to focus on the business at hand while worrying about their own homes and obviously their constituents and loved ones hundreds of miles away. >> as a mother with adult children you have that conflict. and i have grand children. i made that decision and prayed about it and i said, okay, god, i have faith and i am leaving it in your hands. >> we came here for a particular purpose and that's to elect romney as president. back home we are hoping that everything will blow over and all of the families are safe back home. >> some have gone home. the lead of the -- the head of the louisiana delegation says 89 alternates and delegates returned home ahead of isaac. >> and governor mitt romney getting the official nomination tonight. the red cross is busy helping the victims of hurricane isaac. the preparations have been
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underway for days. volunteers have crossed the country to make their way to the gulf coast region. joining me from the red cross in new orleans is sam keely who has been kind enough to join us during this very busy time. sam, tell us what the most important thing the red cross can provide at this hour, and say in the days ahead. >> right now we have dozens of shelters open across the region. it is not just in louisiana, but in mississippi and even places like florida. we have 2400 trained red cross volunteers as you said coming from all over the country and here on the ground to make sure people have a safe place to stay. once the storm passes and we see what isaac's damage may be, that will gear what the next phase of the operation will be. >> i always worry in these
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situations about the elderly. it is a sad situation, but this past week i had to go down to florida and put my grandmother in a nursing home. i guess just in time because she truly will be safe in that facility, but i see the presidents -- i see the reports from the wire services that some 700 nursing home residents in the new orleans area had to be evacuated. where do these folks go and what role does the red cross play in helping the elderly in a situation like this that can be not only dangerous, but truly frightening? >> well, of course one of the main focuses with the red cross shelters are taking care of your average american. people who have special needs it is people in hospitals and nursing homes andett set raw. a lot of the functions are carried out by government. but of course we work with them to help make sure that people are taken care of. we want to make sure that people are safe during times like this.
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>> and you do an incredible job. the first assistants trying to give help. what do you need right now? what can we all do? >> it is important for people to realize we are a nonprofit agency and we realize that we have the funds available so we can respond to disasters like this. and people can go to our website, red cross .org or call 1-800 red cross. they can even take out their cell phone and text the word red cross to 90999 and make a $10 donation today. $10 could be a warm meal for somebody, or it could mean a couple blankets in a shelter. >> i wanted to ask you because some people feel, well, times are tough and the economy is struggling. if i can only give $10 it will not make a difference. but it will, won't it? >> exactly. $10 could be a warm meal. it could mean a couple blankets. every dollar adds up in a situation like this.
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just think about it. if you had to leave your home, you didn't know if you were going have a home to go back to, would you want somebody to help you? that's what we are about is making sure people are safe and secure and at least know that somebody is there for them. >> are you still looking for volunteers ? >> we are always looking for volunteers. we have 2400 volunteers that are already involved in the operation. we respond to 70,000 disasters that nobody ever thinks about from hurricane tots single family house fire. we are always looking for people. we can go to our website and find out how to help out the local chapter. >> and we thank you. the red cross helping folks around the world. thank you so much. i want to repeat how folks can help. i know every out there wants to do -- i know everyone out there wants to do what they can. they are taking donations to help the victims of hurricane isaac and other disasters. to donate it is easy.
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text red cross at 90999 or go to red cross .org. done and done, greg. >> best organization. a pet project underway and people rush to the aid of man's best friend. we will show what you is being done to keep these animals out of harm's way. >> there is a show of real southern hospitality where you can see somey vac youys have found shelter in mississippi. we will be right back. >> i am looking for safety for myself and the home can always be replaced, but at the same time, i don't want to leave memories behind either. just hoping everything stays where i left it.
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hurricane isaac hiding new orleans exactly seven years to the day after hurricane katrina. the two storms followed a pretty similar track. really kind of different. katrina made landfall as a powerful cat three hurricane. sustained winds of near 120 miles an hour and isaac is a category one hurricane with winds near 80 miles an hour. katrina's winds extended farther than isaac's 128 miles. isaac is much less organized with a less defined eye with 60 miles of hurricane force winds.
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don't let that fool you. the storm surge is expected to be smaller with isaac, but over a prolonged period of time. it really could cause severe flooding. the worst of the storm surge could be up to 12 feet much less than the 15 to 20 feet associated with katrina. but we have talked, jaime, with some experts who said, listen, the flooding here could be serious. >> the question and and we are watching -- the question is and we are watching. it is dark, but will the systems that were put in place see improvements made after katrina. the levees, the walls and the gates, will they hold? the army corp of of engineers seems confident that even if this storm sits, it can withstand the surge and the rain and the winds. we will have to see in the morning. >> i talked to an expert who said i'd get out. >> he didn't have as rosy of a
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view of the situation. >> he did not. pick your expert. >> heed the calls. isaac is battering new orleans. lots of people left voluntarily. others decided they would brave the storm hoping that the city's $14 billion defense system paid for to protect them after katrina will in fact protect them now. our shepherd smith spoke with the army corp of engineers on the fox report and they say they are ready for whatever isaac brings. >> this is the french quarter on bourbon street and i have never seen it some shutdown ever in 40 years of coming here. nine hurricanes covered here this is the most i have seen it boarded up. our friends tell us they haven't seen it like this either. folks who live here day in and day out say the level of evacuation here, especially given there was no mandatory evacuation, they only do that when the storm is a category 3
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or expected to be that, they are pleased. that's not to say some things are not open. they are carrying on their lives, but the clouds are whipping over these buildings. you can see how quickly they are moving. the bands are whipping around a the city proper. by the middle of the night it will be very withett and will be wet for the next day and a half or so. ed fleming is with us from the army corp of engineers which has been working for the better past of the last few years to get these levees right. 20 inches of rain, somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain, handle that? >> we are comfortable with the preparations. we are in the execution mode. we are happy with the way things are going at this point. >> what is on the drawing board? what is yet to be done? i know the levee across the water needs attention, but that will be years away. >> at this point, the post
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katrina work, the money we appropriated we are $10 billion into that. the perimeter system is just about in tact and complete. there are lots of other things we have to do. but the perimeter system is complete. and it is the best new orleans has ever seen. >> 8 to 13 feet on the outside. that's a level you can handle. >> prior to hurricane katrina this system will be built based on one particular hurricane. since katrina we learned a lesson. we have a suite of different hurricanes coming in at different sizes. we put them in a model and that's the design parameters. it is not based on one hurricane whether it be katrina or isaac. >> a lot of hurricanes have had a projected track like this one to come in west of the city proper which is the worst case scenario for the city of new orleans.
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thankfully it is not as strong, but it is moving mightily slowly. >> it is. it is moving slow and it will give us a lot of rain. but there will be a significant amount of surge. the surge barrier that we finished recently we closed that up and buttoned it down. isaac does not show anything else of the hundred year storm. we will see surges in that area in the 10 to 15 feet high level. >> the pumping stations have to get rid of the water. it has more of a plan now than it did before. used to be it would drain out, and now there would be a place for it to go. >> if you get into whether it is a hurricane evacuation operation or a flood flight like we had last spring it is a team sport, and we work closely not only with the city of new orleans and the state
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of louisiana, but it is the multi-tiered response when you get into situations like this. we pump from the core of engineers. that's the only way you can do this thing is by having face-to-face coordination. >> and the building and the coordination has been seven years in the making. the army corp of engineers sounds positive about how things are going so far. we are keeping an eye on it though. in the midst of a looming threat such as hurricane isaac pets are often the victims of a natural disaster. they are often forgotten. but in birmingham, alabama, plans are underway to ensure that these dogs and their puppies stay out of harm's way. the k-9 volunteers have wrapped it up where they will remain until hurricane isaac has left town. >> the humane society is fortunate to have an army of absolutely fantastic-trained
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volunteers. right now our volunteers are walking and feeding and socializing these animals to make sure they are comfortable and they have lots of toys to play with and they are transitioning well to our facility. >> in the greater birmingham humane society, they hope to have the pets available for adoption in the coming days. >> i mentioned in our 1:00 a.m. hour that the dogs and cats are already in shelters. the spca sent them from louisiana to dallas. and if you call the dallas spca 50% off any pet that you adopt starting tomorrow. that was relocated. if you have a little love in your heart go for it. the republican national convention sunday in tampa, florida. the man of the hour is new jersey governor chris christie. his message to the gop base plus our coverage of hurricane isaac rolls on. a growing flooding threat as the storm slows down. up to two feet of rain
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new jersey's governor chris christie firing up the republican base using his brash style at the republican convention. some highlights from his speech? take a lins. >> the great ease -- take a listen. >> the greatest lesson is this one. she said there would be times in your life when you have to choose. choose between being loved and being respected. she said to always pick being respected. the love was always fleeting, but the respect could grow into real and lasting love.
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i have learned over time that there is just as much to leadership. in fact, thng that applies to -- in fact, i think that applies to america more than ever today. [applause] you see, i believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed for our desire to be loved. our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social accentance and popularity were fleeting. and that this country's principals needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times. but our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular and do what is easy and say yes rather than say no when no is what is required. [applause].
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in recent years we as a country have too often chosen the same path. it has been easy for our leaders to say, not us, not now. taking on the really tough issues. unfortunately we stood by and let them get away with it. tonight i say enough. tonight i say together let's make a much different choice. tonight we are speaking up for ourselves. tonight we are doing what is right and necessary to make america great again. >> proud talk about how great our country is and getting it back to where it needs to be. governor chris stey was rumored to be a possible vp pick. congressman paul ryan will address the convention tonight. it is actually today. we are live at almost 4:00 a.m. >> it is 3:56:38 to be
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precisement. >> of course fox newschannel is america's election headquarters. you are going to want to see all of the speeches and complete live coverage as the gop convention rolls on. ann romney's speech, very moving as well. >> it really was. it was quite touching. it is quite possible that the worst is yet to come for southern louisiana. we will be right back.
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