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Wendy bit wet out here in Tampa this morning but the concern now of course is for the Gulf Coast.
The storm is starting to strengthen in terms of the latest reports were seeing you're looking live at Key West right now if he's taking a pummeling over the weekend.
I think now forecast to make landfall in New Orleans as a strong category one.
Seven years to the day Hamas Katrina hit that city is an unbelievable coincidence that hurricane watch issued from the Florida Panhandle.
All the way over to New Orleans.
I assume we are watching that -- -- getting updates throughout the morning here so stay tuned for all of that.
Rick -- -- in the danger -- he's live in Mobile, Alabama all of what is it like we are now Rick weather conditions.
At the conditions are fine right now bill but they expect things to deteriorate pretty rapidly over the next when he fort 48 hours.
And Alabama's governor has already declared a statewide state of emergency there -- a hurricane watch in effect.
And they are now issuing mandatory evacuation orders that are effective as of right now and -- -- if you look behind me this is mobile bay behind me this this city that relies very heavily I'm waterborne commerce more than half the income from mobile comes from.
Commerce from shipping and related industries -- you can see a lot of dictatorships have already been secured there are a lot of other ships have been moved out in anticipation of this storm.
But again evacuations are now beginning and they have told residents to take this very seriously anyone.
In mobile and Baldwin counties in with a cause -- one and -- that's a near the water.
Living close to any of the four rivers in this vicinity anyone and low lying areas flood prone areas manufactured homes.
David told to get out.
Now before the storm gets here the governor also putting the Alabama National Guard troops on stand by -- so.
They're making it -- preparation they can't despite the fact that it does appear to be tracking slightly to the west of mobile other so concerned about.
Heavy rains strong winds and localized flooding here.
Yeah it is the first storm of the year Rick in that is sometimes they get more attention and sometimes less.
How serious of the people living they're taking this storm of the moment.
Well I think when they see their radar at its giving them pause and we know that for a fact that got on dauphin island which is just stop was on the on the coast.
They are now trying to board up some of the homes there that people are now starting heed those warnings and and pack up their stuff and get out we've seen -- You put on the road point trailers and that sort of thing -- spoke realize that there in the dangers don't we just came from Pensacola this morning.
And people were boarding up there -- getting out of Pensacola as well even though that even further to the east because they know that anyone on the right side of the storm.
-- faces the strongest impact from -- hurricane and as long as they're on the right side of the storm they realize that that's the wrong side to be on bill.
Indeed Rick thank you will be in touch throughout today OK Rick Leventhal Mobile, Alabama that -- slowed down from.
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