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Now this Fox News weather alert as I Zach is officially now a category one hurricanes every month five mile an hour winds.
And it could gain steam as it heads closer -- the Gulf Coast one of the biggest threats continues to be coastal flooding caused by some seriously high surf conditions.
Elizabeth -- and live for us in New Orleans now Elizabeth.
Hi -- yet -- winds are intensifying here in New Orleans we'll get gusts between 25 and thirty miles per hour and then at one point.
We'll get pelted by rain and the -- will -- -- really characteristic of the outer bands of the storm but what is so fascinating despite the fact.
That the storm is still in the Gulf of Mexico that eye of the storm if you take a look over my right hand -- this is the Mississippi River.
About ninety miles -- hers down into the ocean but what -- looking out right now is emerald green ocean water and you can see that the storm.
Third is pushing the water north literally.
Making that Mississippi River go in the direction of it -- the -- Well and you can tell that the storm is that massive and that that having the fact that -- -- -- the radar you can really just neat how enormous this monster is going to be after it makes landfall.
Tonight early tomorrow morning it will start pouring down rain and it will not stop anywhere -- eighteen to twenty inches of rain which is exactly why.
People in those low lying areas remember the New Orleans is below was.
The policy level as it is so people who live outside the security of the -- people.
Who live in those very low lying areas were under -- mandatory evacuation and judging by the cars that we saw yesterday people who really heating.
That call for evacuation they were leaving -- -- at the same time.
There -- thousands of folks under a voluntary evacuation a lot of people tell us perhaps.
It didn't suffered too much damage during hurricane -- -- in 2008 and they want to ride out that storm that being said it's going to be anywhere between 36 -- 72 hours because this part of the United States the coastal golf community is not suffering.
The severe drought that we're seeing.
In the midwest these people have had a lot of healthy -- come here.
The earth is already saturated so basically there is -- -- for this rain to go once it starts to content and it's gonna try to find a home it's going to be a lot of flooding for folks around.
Here John all right Elizabeth Fran is in New Orleans Elizabeth thank you continue to report on the storm as it comes ashore in the meantime we're gonna take it.
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