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This is a Fox News alert hurricane -- -- is right now slamming southeast Louisiana the entire Gulf Coast is bracing his -- he gets more and more dangerous.
The greatest danger flooding from storm surge and heavy rainfall and it all comes on the eve of the seventh anniversary.
Have a Hurricane Katrina Shep Smith joins us from New Orleans -- Greta good evening where the middle of Bergen street right on -- quarter of -- involve the rains coming down but the worst division from New Orleans at least is still many hours away.
Take a look down the street in the other direction turn around and show in the other direction.
This street is as empty as I've ever seen it in the hours before Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.
This street was teeming with of people.
Tonight it is almost completely.
Shut down there's an occasional here in there.
But for the most part urban street is -- some reports from around the area there are some changes in the storm from when many of you have heard last.
At the very last moment after it made landfall in very southern tip of Louisiana.
The storm made a jog to the west and instead of heading up and toward the New Orleans area it's actually heading toward Baton Rouge.
And the thinking is that that's gonna bring even more rain and water to the city proper but it's many hours away in fact the I won't even pass by the New Orleans area.
Until at least some time after sunrise probably closer.
To the middle of the day tomorrow they're -- wind gusts and a 105 miles per hour in plaque Simmons Harris.
71 to 75 mile an hour gusts at the airport here in New Orleans.
Big picture though.
A Levy was -- a bit in black -- Paris according to the parish president there some water went over that -- But it didn't break it all and there's been no damage as a result of that.
All of the levees are holding.
And the local representatives say they believe that all the levees will hold that they've spent the money and done the work and that they're ready for whatever this storm brings.
That said they're expecting widespread power outages that last report from the energy company more than a 100000 homes and businesses were without power.
And we have many more hours ago at least 36 hours of solid rain projected -- -- -- metropolitan area.
So all night tonight all day tomorrow all night the next night.
And into the next day -- it's going to be a long.
And wet storm with a storm surge but -- of the wind is not the major concern in this case.
Earshot I remember out what had -- -- Katrina when that when the levees broke out when we all thought everything was fine everything was -- minute as I look at that picture now I view it looks like just like getting.
Wet you say -- the levees are gonna hold everyone says everything is fine but I can't help what have extreme apprehension because of what.
We heard last that we got seven years ago that everything at this time was just fine and of course all hell broke loose and something very different when the sun came up.
You're absolutely right it if it was -- -- storm -- New Orleans the storm hit Mississippi.
-- the water came back in Lake Pontchartrain and then the levees broke and that was that history is written since then they've spent they've had a fourteen billion dollar budget they spent ten billion -- They've shored up the levees they say they believe they've done what's necessary to withstand a category three storm.
Again that was a category three when it came ashore it had a 32 foot storm surge in Mississippi.
But it did break the levees in this case the storm is actually going to hit in the New Orleans area that didn't happen last time.
Are there concerns sure there are they expect somewhere between 1020 inches of rain and local areas will the -- be able to handle that.
These are items for the future Greta we have to deal with 36 solid hours of rain here before really -- know the answer those questions but as of this hour.
Everything's holding pretty well according -- all the representatives around this area.
-- into Rick -- in the second but I am curious several and a few seconds is this storm moving quickly because that was what was particularly -- about Katrina is it just didn't move it just pounded New Orleans -- of those levees.
This is even slower than Katrina was forward motion now at seven miles an hour.
The local meteorologist projecting it's gonna slow down even more and if it does that could be up -- forty straight hours of rain there's this story is not yet written.
Thank here and that's.
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