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Extreme weather -- tell you about -- now because at this very moment check out your screen yet.
That's the storm that's -- on the verge now becoming a category one hurricane.
That could flood the coast of four states this after spotting a tornado in one part of Florida.
So we have team coverage for you this morning meteorologist Maria Molina is tracking -- past remarks -- weather center in New York.
But first we go to Elizabeth -- live in New Orleans where it's expected to make a direct hit sometime today I was them.
That's right -- and you can see the dark clouds behind it winds are starting to pick up right around 25 miles per hour now but as each hour continues expect these conditions.
Since hearing the fact of the matter is people are in that mandatory evacuation zone is too late for them to leave the governor said.
Don't be don't misunderstand the fact that it's sunny outside it's gonna deteriorate quickly people in the voluntary evacuation zones.
Made its choice we sound -- -- of people who decided to stay hunkered down we -- -- at Home Depot and Wal-Mart getting fuel for not only their cars with their generators.
And then they say they want to hunker down for the storm because perhaps they didn't suffer too much damage during hurricane can stop.
Other people say they just wanna get out of town because the fact of the matter is once this storm starts to get really bad it's get it's stay that way anywhere from 24 48 hours.
And then afterwards the gulf states did not suffer front the drought of 2012.
The earth is already saturated the fact of the matter is that water has nowhere to go so after that storm passes through we're looking at a very big flood disaster people are not going to be allowed to leave their homes are gonna see.
Downed power lines -- debris in the roadway so certainly for folks here -- a very long road ahead Gretchen.
Elizabeth thanks very much now let's go to New -- -- extreme weather center and check out what Maria and tell us about whether.
We're continuing to see -- -- I'm sick intensifying.
And more warm what appears to be -- I want trying to develop and we're starting to seem more deep convection also on the northern -- -- the -- -- earlier this morning we get some very dry air trying to work into the storm system but that is starting to fill in.
With some very heavy rain.
And also some strong thunderstorms of the system is starting to approach to coast and it's also does something very significant -- has slowed down.
In the past hour now just winked at a forward speed of seven miles per hour that means that this is going to be a very long lived event and this is won't even talking about it's not the strength of the winds that we're concerned about.
It's really how long this will -- in Spain over the state of New Orleans is -- dump a lot of heavy rain locally up to twenty inches of rain will be possible.
And the storm surge anywhere between six to twelve feet above normal tide levels landfall still expected.
As a category one hurricane as we head into late Tuesday night early Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and take a look at where -- be.
-- as we head into Wednesday afternoon.
Just like me inland so again it's gonna last at least 48 hours.
Over the state of Louisiana and then it's gonna start to a celery as we wrap of the work week on Friday and move northward.
Two areas that actually do need the rain -- -- a bit of a silver lining we are gonna see some rain.
In areas that are currently in extreme to severe drought not enough to put us out of a drought but much needed rain fog otherwise again.
Tornadoes will be another big concern anywhere along the coast of Louisiana into parts of the Florida Panhandle so of course we'll keep an eye on that back to you guys.
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