Flooding in New Orleans area as soon-to-be Tropical Storm Barry swirls in Gulf


METARIE, TOWARDS THE PARISH LINE THERE SHOWING THE THREAT STILL SOME ROTATION THE ATMOSPHERE AGAIN WITH THIS DISTURBANCE NEAR BY WITH THIS TROPICAL SYSTEM, WE’RE WAITING TO SEE DEVELOP AS IT PRODUCES ENOUGH SPEED TO GIVE US SOME OF THAT. THE OTHER THREAT IS NOT ONLY THAT BUT WE HAVE MORE HEAVY RAIN COMING IN TO GINTILLY PARTS OF THE EAST, INTERSTATE 510, HEADING RIGHT TO THE METRO AREA PARTS OF JEFFERSON PARISH, VERY HEAVY RAINS WILL CONTINUE TO FALL HERE AS WELL TOO LIGHTNING STRIKES WERE OVER 400, NOW DOWN TO 164. AT LEAST NOT AS MUCH LIGHTNING, HEAVY FLOODING RAINS ARE THE ISSUE LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT VIEWER PICTURES, TRAFFIC COMING IN THROUGH PARTS OF THE AREA WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE REGION, THIS IS MID-CITY, SOME STREET FLOODING THERE YOU CAN SEE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TRUCKS AT THIS POINT, HOW DEEP THAT WATER IS, FLOODING ON INTO SOME OF THOSE NEAR BY HOMES AND GARAGES NEAR JEFF DAVIS, LOOK AT THIS, YOU CAN SEE HERE, THIS WAS SOME FLOODING DOWNTOWN IN THE PARKING GARAGES, THAT’S RIGHT. AGAIN THIS IS THE WATER COMING OUT OF THE DRAIN THERE, WE HAVE SOME FLOODING THAT’S PRETTY INCREDIBLE VIDEO COMING ON IN THIS MORNING AS WELL TOO. THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON MOVING FORWARD, ANOTHER SHOT OF STREET FLOODING ISSUES THIS MORNING YOU CAN SEE HERE AGAIN, SOME OF THE WATER VERY, VERY HEAVY RAIN, WATER IS NOT TOO DEEP, DEFINITELY FLOODING STREETS OUT THERE, DEEP WATER AT LEAST THERE, RESPECTIVE HOW DEEP SOME OF THE WATER IS, LIKELY GOING TO BE SOME MORE POWER OUTAGES AND THERE IS THE LIGHTNING THREAT OUT THERE AS WELL TOO. ALONG WITH THAT TORNADO THREAT SO AGAIN LIGHTNING COUNTS WAY DOWN THERE WAS OVER 400 NOW DOWN TO 150 WHEN YOU SEE THE LIGHTNING STRIKES DECREASING THAT TELLS ME THE STORM IS WEAKENING A LITTLE BIT, WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT ACROSS THE AREA, STILL DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING HEAVY RAIN, ROTATION FROM REALLY ABOUT CITY PARK, 610 AREA BACK FOR PART OF THE PARISH LINE PARTS OF JEFFERSON PARISH, LIKELY WAS A WATERSPOUT THAT HAD THIS TORNADO WARNING, WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT, MORE HEAVY RAIN, BACK TO GRAND ISLE, YOU CAN SEE THESE ARE NOT RADAR BUT CLOUDS, ROLLING UP THESE ARE THESE BIG THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING HERE, THIS IS PART OF A LARGE CIRCULATION, THE UPPER LEVEL CIRCULATION WITH INVEST 92 WITH THIS DISTURBANCE AS IT CONTINUES TO WORK ITS WAY IN THE GULF OF MEXICO HERE BETTER ORGANIZED MOST OF THE STORMS DISPLAYED OFF TO THE SOUTHWEST AND WEST OF THE STORM, GRADUALLY AS IT GETS BETTER ORGANIZED THE STORMS WRAPPING AROUND IT MORE OF A CIRCULATION CLOSED CIRCULATION THAT’S WHERE THE HURRICANE HUNTERS ARE FLYING INTO LATER TODAY AS THEY TRY TO INVESTIGATE THIS GIVE YOU AN EYE WHAT THIS SYSTEM IS DOING HERE, THAT’S BEING IN THE WORKS, WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT ONE AS WE GO FORWARD HERE, WE’LL FOCUS ON FIRST IS SOME OF THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT WE HAVE ACROSS THE AREA RIGHT NOW, ALSO DEALING WITH AGAIN THE THREAT FOR MAYBE A TORNADO OR TWO ACROSS THE AREA AS WELL. WE GO BACK A FEW MORE STEPS HERE SHOW YOU WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON, WE DO HAVE THAT TORNADO WARNING UNTIL 9:00 ACROSS PART OF NEW ORLEANS PARISH INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AS WELL AS KIND OF THIS LITTLE PART OF JEFFERSON PARISH, M ETEREE, CLOSER TO HARING THE EDGE OF THAT ONE, WITH ALL THE RAIN WE HAVE AND CONTINUE TO HAVE GOING UNTIL 10:45, ALREADY A LOT OF THIS CONTINUES TO GO ON SO WE HAVE THE TORNADO THREAT, WE HAVE THE HEAVY RAIN THREAT THE TROPICAL SYSTEM ISN’T EVEN HERE YET, THIS IS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME, TAKE A LIVE LOOK OUT HERE RIGHT NOW, THIS IS MORE OF THAT FLOODING ON BASIN STREET DOWNTOWN HERE, NOT TOO FAR FROM THE CORRIDOR YOU CAN SEE LOOK AT THE STUFF FLOATING AROUND HERE AS OF COURSE THERE IS YOU CAN SEE A THIS DRAIN GOING, THIS OBVIOUSLY CAUSING SOME ISSUES AS WE GO IN THE BASIN STREET AREA, I THINK THE INTERSTATE IS PROBABLY RIGHT BEHIND THE CAMERA THERE, THAT IS RESPECTIVE TOWARDS JACKSON OFF IN THE DISTANCE THERE, THIS IS LOOKS LIKE IT IS GETTING PRETTY CLOSE WHERE THAT CAR IS, FOLKS. LOOK AT THE WATER IT IS ALREADY UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CAR THERE. SO AGAIN LOOKS LIKE MAYBE START A VEHICLE, MAYBE THERE IS BUSINESSES I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED, THE WATER IS IN THOSE BUSINESSES AT THIS POINT TOO, THERE IS A NICE LITTLE FLOW TO THE WATER COMING ON IN, SEE HOW THIS TRUCK PANS OUT, SEE IF IT TRIES TO GO DOWN THIS ROAD, IF THE WATER IS NOT IN THE BUSINESSES THIS IS GOING TO PRODUCE A PRETTY BIG WAKE, THAT WILL GO INTO THE BUSINESSES AS WELL TOO, SO FOR OUR PHOTOGRAPHER, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR ME OUT THERE, LOOK AT THAT. HERE COMES THE WAKE, THIS GUY IS NOT REALLY SMART, I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS, LOOK AT THAT WAKE AS IT CONTINUES TO PRODUCE THAT INTO THOSE BUILDINGS. NOT VERY SMART, THIS IS NOTHING YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO, DON’T WANT TO BE DRIVING DOWN THESE FLOODED ROADWAYS, ONE, BECAUSE COULD BE IN A HOLE OR DITCH, POSSIBLY MORE WITH THAT ONE ALSO THE THREAT OF COURSE THAT WATER GETTING INTO THOSE BUSINESSES, THAT TRUCK MADE IT THROUGH THERE, BUT AGAIN THAT’S SAFE TO SAY SOMETHING WE SHOULD NOT DO VERSUS WHAT HE DID. >>DAVE, WE’RE SEEING THE STREET FLOODING COMING IN OF COURSE FROM TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA, WE’RE GETTING LOTS OF PICTURES FROM LOTS OF DIFFERENT AREAS, SEEMS PRETTY WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE CITY RIGHT NOW. >>THE LATEST FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE, THEY ARE SAYING THIS HAS HISTORY OF PRODUCING WATERSPOUTS, WE SAW THE PICTURES OF THAT TOO, MAYBE MORE OF A STRENGTHENING, POTENTIALLY WITH ANOTHER UPDATE A NEW TORNADO WARNING ABOUT TO COME OUT, ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON PARISH NOW TOO, THIS ONE INCLUDES THE META RIE AREA, JEFFERSON PARISH UNTIL 11:45 THIS MORNING SO WE ARE SEEING THAT CONTINUE, LET ME GO BACK HERE AND LOOK AT THIS ROTATION HERE, WEATHER SERVICE INDICATING THAT YEAH LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE A STRONGER ROTATION AS WE GET INTO PARTS OF THE METARIE AREA, THIS HAS HAD A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WATERSPOUTS, WHAT I’M LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW TO GIVE YOU PERSPECTIVE HERE AS THE STORMS WORK THEIR WAY INTO METARIE, CAUSE WAY BOULEVARD, INTERSTATE 10, WE’RE SEEING AT LEAST THIS POINT A LITTLE MORE THAT ROTATION STARTING TO SHOW UP KIND OF ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT TIGHTER SEE WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON THERE, WE’RE TALKING RIGHT LET’S SEE, BONNAVILLE BOULEVARD, YOU CAN SEE METARIE ROAD SEEING A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THAT ROTATION STARTING TO SHOW UP A LITTLE BIT THERE AT THIS POINT AS WELL TOO. WITH THAT IN MIND STILL WILL BE DEALING WITH THE THREAT OF A TORNADO WARNING COMING UP FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE RIGHT NOW, THIS ONE IS GOING TO GO UNTIL 9:00 THIS MORNING AS WELL, TORNADO WARNING UNTIL 9 A.M. WEST CENTRAL ORLEANS, NORTH CENTRAL JEFFERSON PARISHES CONTINUE ON THIS POINT STILL LOOKING AT THIS ONE, NONE THE LESS, PRODUCING A TORNADO OVER JEFFERSON, METARIE AREA JEFFERSON PARISH. IN THE HEART OF METARIE, THAT’S WHERE WE’RE LOOKING AT WITH POTENTIAL ROTATION STARTING TO SHOW UP A LITTLE BIT THERE THE CAUSEWAY, INTERSTATE 10, OLD METARE ROAD, WEST METARIE, NAPOLEON, EARHART EXPRESSWAY, JEFFERSON, THAT INCLUDES WHERE THE HOSPITAL IS LOCATED THAT AREA LOOKS NORTH OF AIRLINE WHERE SOME OF THE MAYBE TIGHTER ROTATION IF YOU WILL, I’M GOING TO SAY TIGHTER ROTATION, THAT’S THE STORMS GETTING A LITTLE BIT STRONGER AT THAT POINT. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT HERE WITH THIS STORM AS IT CONTINUES TO MAKE ITS CIRCULATION RIGHT IN THROUGH THAT SPOT THERE CONTINUING ON INTO THAT PART OF METARIE, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE KIND OF LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW WITH RESPECT TO WHERE THE LATEST POSSIBLE TORNADO COULD BE IF NOT THAT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MAYBE SOME VERY HEAVY RAIN COMING FROM THAT TOO, POTENTIAL THERE FOR OF COURSE STREET FLOODING WE DID HAVE THAT WATERSPOUT EARLIER, THAT STORM IS KIND OF WEAKENED A LITTLE BIT NOW WORKING ITS WAY BACK INTO PARTS OF METARIE, OLD JEFFERSON AREA, THAT AREA HIGHLIGHTED WATCHING FOR A POSSIBILITY OF A TORNADO DEVELOPING ACROSS THAT REGION. WITH THAT IN MIND, IT WILL BE RAIN WRAPPED IF THERE IS A TORNADO, IF NOT GUSTY WINDS TIED IN TOO, STILL KIND OF A BROAD AREA ROTATION FROM JEFFERSON, METARIE, BUCKTOWN AREA THIS IS CAUSE WAY BOULEVARD, JEFFERSON, EARHART EXPRESSWAY CONTINUING ON ITS WAY, THERE IS WEST METARIE SUBURBAN AVENUE, RIGHT HERE, CLERY, IF YOU ARE WATCHING US IN THOSE AREAS THE LOWEST LEVEL AWAY FROM HOMES INTERIOR BATHROOM OR CLOSET, CONTINUING UNTIL ABOUT 9:00, ANOTHER 11 MINUTES ON THAT HERE, THE ENVIRONMENT IS FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES, IT WILL BE A BETTER CHANCE FOR TORNADOES AS WE HEAD INTO FRIDAY, SATURDAY TIME FRAME BECAUSE WE’LL BE WATCHING WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY LIKELY BE TROPICAL STORM BERRY WORK ITS WAY SOUTH OF OUR COASTLINE EVENTUALLY WORK ITS WAY INTO LOUISIANA AS POTENTIAL WE DID HAVE THE STORM PRODUCING A WATERSPOUT OVER ORLEANS PARISH, METARIE AREA, THE BIGGER PERSPECTIVE THIS IS THE AREA WE’RE WATCHING THE REST OF THE AREA IS INCREDIBLY HEAVY RAINS AND STREET FLOODING. UNO, 15 MINUTES AGO REPORTED A TORNADO SPOTTED ON CAMPUS HERE, THIS IS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS, THIS WAS THAT WATERSPOUT, IT IS LIKELY THIS WATERSPOUT WORKED ITS WAY ON INTO THE SOUTH SHORE AND RIGHT ABOUT THE UNO AREA WHERE A LOT OF THOSE PICTURES WERE TAKEN FROM, NOT ON CAMPUS, ACTUALLY WORKED THEIR WAY ON INTO FROM INTERSTATE 10, THAT WAS THE EARLIER SPOUT THAT’S NOT RIGHT NOW, THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT EARLIER, WE’RE WATCHING THIS AREA HERE, YOU DON’T SEE THAT HOOK ECHO, YOU DON’T SEE THE TRADITIONAL TORNADOES THAT YOU’RE WATCHING EARLIER, THIS IS NOT THE SAME SET UP, THIS IS VERY HIGH PRECIPITATION EVENT, VERY TROPICAL AIR MASS HERE IN PLACE THAT MEANS WE’LL BE DEALING WITH HEAVY RAIN COMING ON IN, WE’LL BE DEALING WITH A TORNADO THREAT NOT ONLY NOW, THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS WELL, ALSO SOME FLASH FLOODING A NUMBER OF STREETS ARE UNDER WATER BUILDING ITS WAY INTO JEFFERSON PARISH, THE METARIE AREA, THOSE AREAS TAKING ON WATER IN THE STREETS DEFINITELY ACROSS THE METRO AREA, IF YOU LOOK BACK HERE, MORE HEAVY RAIN TOWARDS GINTILLY, I’LL JUMP BACK MORE AND SHOW YOU THAT THREAT FOR RAIN HEADING BACK INTO THE CITY WHERE THIS HAS NOT MOVED MUCH IN THE LAST TWO HOURS THAT’S BEEN GIVING US STREET FLOODING AREAS THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW A TORNADO WARNING STILL IN EFFECT FROM ORLEANS, FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 10. 45 FOR ORLEANS UPPER JEFFERSON PARISH UNTIL 11:45, LIKELY SEE THAT FLOODING ONGOING FOR QUITE SOME TIME, NOT NEAR AS MUCH LIGHTNING THAT’S SOME GOOD NEWS THAT TELL ME THE STORMS ARE COLLAPSING OR WEAKING NOT AS INTENSE AS THEY ONCE WERE. I LIKE TO SEE THAT, WE’LL LIKELY BE DEALING WITH FLOODING ISSUES FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS PROBABLY POWER OUTAGES ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA TOO, A THREAT FOR SOME TORNADOES IF YOU ARE WATCHING US THERE IN THE METARIE AREA, THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE POTENTIAL FOR MAYBE ROTATION, KIND OF A BROAD ROTATION, NOTHING TOO TIGHT AT THIS POINT, NEVERTHELESS SOMETHING WE’LL BE WATCHING. >>>I KNOW WE’RE WATCHING A TORNADO WARNING IN NOW, WE’RE GETTING SEVERAL PICTURES OF THE SAME WATERSPOUT, IS IT THE SAME WATERSPOUT FROM SEPARATE ANGLES? >>PROBABLY THE SAME ONE, IT IS HARD TO TELL OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN SEE HOW HIGH IT IS. >>I BELIEVE THIS IS ON SPAIN STREET AND GINTILLY. >>YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY FAMILIAR WITH THE GINTILLY, OBVIOUSLY UNO’S LAKE FRONT THERE, THEY HAVE TWEETED OUT A TORNADO ON CAMPUS THERE WAS THE WATERSPOUT THAT CAME ON SHORE. >>IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAKE RIGHT BEHIND THE CAMPUS. >>WHETHER OR NOT IT DID DAMAGE WE DON’T KNOW YET, MAYBE WE CAN REACH OUT AND SEE IF WE HAVE REPORTS OF DAMAGE YOU CAN SEE THE TORNADO HERE ACTUALLY KIND OF LOOKS LIKE THERE WERE TWO SPOUTS. >>>YOU CAN SEE THIS ALL OVER IT WAS SO BIG. >>VERY LARGE, JOHNNY MOORE TOOK PICTURES FROM THE CAUSE WAY, LOOKED LIKE THERE WERE 2 TORNADOES, IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF YOUR SCREEN, MAYBES A LITTLE BIT OF A ROPE, THIS IS A ROPING STAGE IF IT WAS A TORNADO, WATERSPOUT AT THIS POINT, I THINK THIS MAY HAVE BEEN A TORNADO THAT TOUCHED OVER THE WATER, VERSUS FORMING OVER WATER WITH THE RAIN SHOWER, I THINK THE THUNDERSTORM IS ROTATING PRODUCED A TORNADO, THAT PROMPTED THE TORNADO WARNING THE WATERSPOUT MAY HAVE MOVED ON SHORE AT THAT POINT AND LIKELY DISSIPATED. >>GUYS, IF THERE IS ANY DAMAGE OUT THERE TO ALL OF OUR VIEWERS USE THE #BEON4. >>WE HEARD THE WINDS WERE HARD ENOUGH TO SNAP FLAGPOLES ON THE HOMES I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING PEOPLE SAYING THE WINDS ARE VERY, VERY HARD IN LAKE VIEW AND GINTILLY, AT LEAST 15 MINUTES AGO. >>THIS IS THE ORIGINAL WATERSPOUT WE WERE WATCHING LIKELY A FAIRLY LARGE WATERSPOUT THIS ONE HERE SOME MIST ON THE GROUND YOU CAN SEE DEFINITELY DEALING WITH THE WATER IN THAT PICTURE THERE. >>WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE DRIVING OVER THE CAUSEWAY AND SEE THAT? >>THE BEST THING TO DO IS LET IT PASS IN FRONT OF YOU, IF THIS IS FAR ENOUGH AWAY, SINCE YOU’LL GO PASSED THIS EAST OF THE CAUSEWAY BRIDGE, THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS DRIVE THROUGH THIS THING. THE WINDS ARE GOING TO BE EASILY 70, 80, 100 MILES PER HOUR POTENTIALLY WITH THAT, IF YOU ARE ON THE CAUSE WAY AND THERE IS A TORNADO, I’M SURE THE CAUSEWAY POLICE WILL PROBABLY STOP TRAFFIC AT THAT POINT, BUT AT LEAST LET IT CROSS OVER THE CAUSEWAY IF IT WAS DOING THAT, THEN PROCEED AFTER THAT. THAT’S THE SAFER AND BETTER THING TO DO, AT LEAST AT THIS POINT. WE STILL HAVE A TORNADO WARNING WE’RE STILL WATCHING GUYS HERE IN PARTS OF METARIE AREA, NOT SEEING AS MUCH ROTATION THIS IS METARIE OLD JEFFERSON AREA AS WELL, STILL SEEING SOME ROTATION WITH THIS STORM HAVE NOT HAD ANY REPORTS OF ANY KIND OF DAMAGE FROM THIS AS WELL. I DON’T SEE ANY UPDATES FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE EITHER AT THIS POINT, STILL HAVE THAT TORNADO WARNING FOR ANOTHER 4 MINUTES HERE AS IT CONTINUES TO CROSS THE AREA OBVIOUSLY THE BIGGER ISSUE ASIDE FROM TORNADOES IS GOING TO BE SOME STREET FLOODING PROBLEMS OUT THERE. >>JAKE, WE’RE GOING TO SHOW SOME PICTURES FROM VIEWERS, ESPECIALLY, IT IS GETTING SO HIGH THE NEUTRAL GROUND PICTURES FILLING UP WITH CARS, DO NOT GO ON A STREET LIKE THIS, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN, DEFINITELY REMEMBER THAT AS THIS CRAZY FLOODING, IT IS SEVERAL DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS JUST OUTSIDE OF OUR STATION ON RAMPART STREET, THIS IS SOMEONE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER WE’VE GOT REPORTS OF FLOODING GINTILLY, SEVERAL HIGH WATER AS WELL AS THE LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT SHOWING A PICTURE EARLIER, KEEP SENDING THESE IN SO WE CAN GET A PERSPECTIVE, THIS IS OUR REPORTER PAUL MURPHY, TRYING TO GET HIS WAY INTO WORK SAYS EVERY ROAD HE TURNS DOWN THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. >>PLEASE SEND US YOUR LOCATION, THAT’S INCREDIBLE. IF YOU GET STUCK ON THESE STREETS, DO NOT DRIVE FAST, THAT JUST MAKES EVERYTHING GO AS SLOW AS YOU CAN IF YOU HAVE TO BE ON THAT STREET. >>IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WALKING THROUGH THE WATER, YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE CAREFUL YOU DON’T KNOW HOW DEEP IT IS, DON’T KNOW WHAT’S UNDER THERE, SOME OF THE WATER OUTSIDE OF OUR STATION IS PRETTY DEEP FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT’S DOWN THERE. >>SOME MANHOLES HAVE POPPED UP. IF YOU ENCOUNTER ONE OF THOSE, YOU ARE GOING TO GO DOWN, BY THE WAY TORNADO WARNING IS CANCELED THAT’S GOOD NEWS, THE TORNADO WARNING EXPIRED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10:45 FOR ORLEANS PARISH LEADING TO ALL THE STREET FLOODING YOU ARE SEEING OUT THERE RIGHT NOW A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR JEFFERSON PARISH AT 11:45 WITH STREET FLOODING WE PICKED UP 3 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN, THIS IS BASIN STREET. LOOK AT HOW HIGH THAT WATER IS SEVERAL OF THE IMAGES WE’VE SEEN ARE WATER RAILROAD GOING INTO CARS WITH SOME NEIGHBORHOODS, WE SHOULD LET YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN MOVE TO AN AREA, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY BE DOING THAT AT THIS POINT. >>THESE ARE SOME BUSINESSES THAT HAVE ALREADY HAD DRASTIC FLOODING IN THE PAST. >>THAT LOOKS LIKE MAYBE A DOT TRUCK, GOING UP ON THE NEWS GROUND IT LOOKS LIKE, THE WATER IS IN THOSE BUSINESSES. EVEN THOUGH THIS GUY, I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS A CITY TRUCK OR NOT, HE IS STILL PRODUCING A LITTLE WAKE. >>THIS JUST PASSED THE JACKSON THEATER. >>IT IS BEHIND US. HE IS GOING SLOW TRYING TO PRODUCE A WAKE, DOING AS BEST HE CAN, YOU CAN SEE HOW DEEP THE WATER IS, THE TIRES GOING BY. WE ARE DEALING WITH FLOODING ISSUES LADIES THE CRAZY THING IS, THIS IS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WILL BE TROPICAL STORM BERRY IN THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS. >>>THAT’S A GOOD REMINDER WE HAVE MUCH MORE RAIN TO COME WE’RE SEEING THIS MUCH MORE WATER ON THE GROUND. >>THERE IS POTENTIAL, DEPENDING UPON ARE WHERE BERRY GOES TO GIVE US 6 TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN, WE HAVE A LOT OF RAIN, TRON CAL STORM BERRY, MAYBE HURRICANE BERRY AS IT WORKS ITS WAY HERE. THE TORNADO WARNING EXPIRED IN THE METARIE AREA, IT WAS A WATER SPOT >>>We’ll have to reach out and see if any damage was reported on campus. HEAVY RAIN AND NOT NEAR AS MUCH LIGHTNING. WE’VE HAD THOSE STRIKES. NOW WE’RE DOWN TO 82. THAT STORM HAS WEAKENED. WHAT HAPPENS A LOT OF TIMES IT COLLAPSES AND GETS HEAVIER AND WORKS THROUGH THE AREA HERE. WE’RE STILL WATCHING THIS FOR YOU WITH THE FLASH FLOODING ON GOING. MORE HEAVY RAIN WORKING TO THE COAST. AS YOU MENTIONED THIS IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SYSTEM. THUNDERSTORMS IN THE UPPER PART OF THE SYSTEM BUT NOT THE SURFACE PART OF IT. THAT HAS YET TO COME HERE. A QUICK LOOK I THINK WE HAVE THE GOVERNOR COMING UP. GIVE YOU A HEADS UP. WINDSARE AT 30 MILES AN HOUR. NOTICE THE STORMS ARE WELL OVER HE. ALL THIS RAIN IS GOING TO TAKE THIS AND PULL IT DOWN TO THE GULF OF MEXICO MORE. YOU CAN SEE A LARGE CIRCULATION AROUND THIS. NOT A CLOSED ONE YET. THAT’S WHAT THE HURRICANE HUNTERS ARE GOING TO LOOK FOR TODAY. MODELS AGREE MORELESS ON THE TRACK TO THE WEST HERE. THEY STILL BREAK UP A LITTLE BIT AS TO WHERE IT MAY GO. OVER THE RIVER BAYOU, THE REST OF THEM ABBYVILLE AND JENNINGS AREA. HOWEVER, THIS SHOWS MORE OF A WESTWARD TRACK. THAT’S BAD BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY RAIN THREAT AND THE WEIGHT OVER THE AREA AND THAT’S I’M EXPECTING TO SEE HERE GOING FORWARD. LOOKING AT THE 7-DAY FORECAST, 60% CHANCE OF STORMS LATER TODAY AND TOMORROW. AN 80% CHANCE. U I THINK THE WORST OF IT GOES THREE FULL DAYS OF GETTING THE PREPS DONE. WE’RE GOING TO WATCH THIS AND MORE AS WE GO INTO THE REST OF TODAY AND HEADING FORWARD. THERE’S THE HEAVY RAIN WORKING THROUGH THE AREA AS WELL TOO GOING THROUGH THE CITY HEADING IN. THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THE STREET FLOODING WORSE. >>THERE’S FLOODING ALL OVER THE CITY. WE HAVE VIDEO. THANK YOU GUYS FOR SENDING IN VIDEOS AND PICTURES GIVING US A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE CITY IS LOOKING LIKE RIGHT NOW. COMPLETELY COVERING THE SIDEWALK. WE SEE SEVERAL TAKING ON WATER AS WELL AS THE BUSINESSES AS WELL. >>TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. THAT’S A JEEP. IF YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH IT, DON’T GO SO FAST BECAUSE YOU’RE PUSHING WATER INTO BUSINESSES AND OTHER CARS. >>TAKING A LOOK AT THEI-10 RIGHT NOW, WE DON’T NORMALLY SEE DELAYS AT 9:00 IN THE MORNING. THAT’S BECAUSE THE IMPACTS TO ROADWAYS BECAUSE OF THIS. WHAT YOU CAN FOLLOW ON TWITTER IS THE PREPAREDNESS TEAM. THEY’VE BEEN TWEETING OUT THE ROAD CLOSURES THIS MORNING AND HAVE A LIST OF 15 INTERSECTIONS THEY’RE SENDING THE PD OUT FOR BARRICADES OF THAT.>>THIS IS THE SCENE IN MARY. JUST WATER ALL OVER THE CITY THIS MORNING. GETTING ON THE GROUND AT THIS POINT SOME AREAS, THAT’S NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE. >>NO. MOST OF THE NEUTRAL GROUNDS ARE FULL OF CARS. >>IF YOU HAVE JUST WOKEN UP AND YOU’RE WATCHING THE TV, NO MATTER WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU WANT TO GO OUTSIDE AND CHECK ON YOUR CAR THIS MORNING. >>HERE’S A LOOKOUT SIDE AT THE FRENCH QUARTER. 92 COULD TURN INTO A STORM THERE POTENTIALLY. WE ARE GOING TO SEE A LOT MORE WATER OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN WE SEE WHERE THE STORM WAS HEADED. NORTH AVENUE AT I-10, CITY AVENUE I-10, HARRIS AVENUE AT 610 AND GENTILLIE BOULEVARD AT 610 AS WELL. >>BROAD STREET AND FLORIDA AVENUE. FRANKLIN AVENUE AND I-10, PRESS DRIVE, LEON SIMON DRIVE, DIAMOND ROAD AT LAKE SHORE DRIVE. GENERAL DRIVE AT EXPRESSWAY. >>THAT COVERS LAKE VIEW AND GINTILLIE. MAKE SURE YOU GUYS ARE AWARE THIS MORNING NO MATTER WHERE YOU TRY TO DRIVE IN THE CITY, IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO, YOU SHOULD TURN BACK AND GO HOME. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE RED DOTS ARE? STREET ACCIDENTS. STAY SAFE. IF YOU DON’T NEED TO BE ON THE ROADS, DO NOT GO OUT. >>YOU CAN HEAD TO OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF THIS. SO MANY STREET CLOSURES. >>AT THIS POINT, THIS WAS DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.>>DAVE, IS IT GOING TO BE STEADY RAIN ALL DAY LONG? >>WE’LL GET A BREAK LATER ON. WORKING WITH THE MODEL SHOWING WHAT WE’RE DEALING WITH HERE. THIS MORNING, WE’RE DEALING WITH THE HEAVY RAIN THREAT COMING IN AND WE’RE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH A LITTLE BREAK. EXCUSE ME, LATER ON THIS MORNING. RIGHT NOW, IMMATERIAL I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE HAVE. LET ME BACK UP A LITTLE BIT. WE’RE DEALING WITH THE HEAVIER STUFF THIS MORNING AND SHOWING YOU A DIFFERENT MODEL HERE AND A HIGH RESOLUTION MODEL. THIS IS SOMETIMES HELPING TO GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF PERSPECTIVE HERE. IT UPDATES MORE FREQUENTLY. WE’LL SHOW YOU THAT ON HERE. IT DOES SHOW THE 9:00 DAY TAPERING OFF. WEST OF I-55 IS GOOD. TOMORROW, THIS IS RAIN FROM WHAT WE’LL BE BURYING. THERE’S RAIN FRIDAY NIGHT TO SATURDAY. WE’RE DEALING WITH RAIN COMING FORWARD HERE. WE’LL BE PREPARED FOR THAT LATER ON TODAY AND GOING INTO OF COURSE, THE LATEST HERE WITH THE UPCOMING WEEKEND, SO THERE’S A FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 7:00 RIGHT NOW ISSUED BY THE WEATHER SERVICE. STILL HAVE THE FLOOD WARNING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER HERE BECAUSE WE’RE EXPECTING A LITTLE WITH THE BIT OF A SURGE TO COME ON IN. STILL WATCHING THAT AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY, SATURDAY TIME FRAME WITH THAT ONE THERE. REALLY A LOT GOING ON HERE WITH ALL THE STORMS GOING ON. STILL GOING TO BE WATCHING THIS ONE HERE CLOSELY. LOOKING AT THE RADAR RIGHT NOW. LET ME ZOOM BACK INTO YOU AND SHOW THE HEAVIER RAIN COMING IN. OBVIOUSLY, MAKING THE STREET FLOODING ISSUES ROUGH OUT THERE FOR MUCH OF THE REGION. LOOKING AT THE BACK EDGE GETTING IN AND STILL PUTTING IN RAINS RAINS BACK TO JEFFERSON AS WELL TOO. SOME OF THOSE FLOOR FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT. THE WESTERN EDGE UNTIL 10:45 THIS MORNING. LADIES. >>WE WANT TO PASS AROUND SOME POWER OUTAGES. 8,000 PEOPLE IN JEFFERSON WITHOUT POWER. 9600 IN ORLEANS. WE’LL FOLLOW THOSE OUTAGES AND REMEMBER AT 7:00 THIS MORNING WE NEED CREWS OUT TO ADDRESS THIS. STREETS AREN’T SAFE TO PASS RIGHT NOW.>>I WONDER IF WE CAN DROP THE BANNER THERE? >>OH WOW. IT’S DEFINITELY IN THE BUSINESSES. THIS IS RIGHT DOWN TO STREET FROM THE THEATER.>>WE’VE SEEN THIS SEVERAL TIMES UNFORTUNATELY, UNTIL THEN. THE CRAZY THING IS WE’RE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT DRAINAGE THIS MORNING AS WE PREPARED FOR INVEST 92 TO MOVE THIS WAY. THIS IS NOT RELATED. IT’S SEPARATE FLOODING AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CARS ARE GOING THROUGH. YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF HOW HIGH THIS WATER IS. IS TIME AND WATER BOARD SAYS MOST OF THE CITY’S DRAINAGE PUMPS ARE WORKING. >>YOU SAID 118 WORKING OUT OF 120. >>THIS IS NOT THE MAIN ONES. THIS IS THE PUMP SYSTEMS WORKING. YOU CAN SEE HOW HIGH THE WATER IS. >>LET’S HEAR MORE FROM YOU. REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE IN FLOODING, ANY DAMAGE FROM THOSE WATER SPOUT ORS TORNADOES WE HEARD ON THE CAMPUS, PLEASE TWEET US OR SEND US A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK. USE THE TRASH TAG AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO GET INFORMATION OUT TO YOU GUYS. >>IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, WATCHING SEVERAL TORNADO WARNINGS. WE HAVE CONFIRMATION OF A WATER SPOUT. THEY TWEETED OUT IT WAS ON CAMPUS. AT THAT TIME THEY WERE TELLING EVERYONE THE SHELVES WERE REPLACED. THE AREA AND THE PEOPLE WHO SAW THE WATER SPOUT, IT WAS HUGE. >>YOU TALK ABOUT THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM, THERE’S NO CALM RIGHT NOW. SPEAKING OBJECT THE TROPICAL SYSTEM AND THE GULF WE’RE WATCHING, THIS IS PRIOR TO THAT. THAT ATLANTA EVEN COME TOGETHER. >>WE ARE GOING TO GET MORE RAIN FROM THAT AND THIS RAIN IS NOT RELATED. IT’S GOING TO MAKE THINGS MORE ELEVATED. >>I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE HEADED TO WORK WHEN THE FLOODING STARTED. TAKE A LOOK AT I-10. WE’VE BEEN WATCHING THE LONG SHOT FOR SEVERAL MINUTES.>>PUTTING UP BARRICADES THIS MORNING BECAUSE OF FLOODING. IT’S CAUSING A LOT OF STREET CLOSURES. >>SEVERAL WRECKS. JUST BE CAREFUL. DRIVE SLOW. HERE’S MORE PICTURES SENT IN. THIS PERSON WAS OUTSIDE OF UNO SENDING IN THE VIDEO. >>THIS IS WHY WE CAN SEE THE WATER SPOUT THERE. >>I’M TELLING YOU IF I WAS A DRIVER ON THE CAUSEWAY AND SAW THAT, I WOULD HAVE A HEART ATTACK. ABSOLUTELY FRIGHTENING. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH DARN FOR SENDING THAT IN. >>I’M WONDERING, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS EARLIER, WE’VE SEEN A WATER SPOUT FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT ANGLES AND WERE CONFUSED WAS THERE JUST ONE MASSIVE OR TEN OR 12 OF THEM? >>WE ARE GETTING A LOT OF IMAGES. >>WHEN YOU SEND THEM, TELL US EXACTLY YOUR LOCATION AND DIRECTION YOU’RE FACING. >>SURE. WE’RE WATCHING VIDEO FROM SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS OF FLOODING AND HIGH WATER AROUND THE AREA THIS MORNING. >>I KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES YOU THINK I’M PARKEDIN THE PARKING GARAGE AND FINE. LOOK AT THIS ONE. >>RTA HAD TO STOP THE STREETCARS AND BUSES BECAUSE OF STREET FLOODING AND THEY SAID THEY WERE AT A STAND STILL BECAUSE OF THE CARS ON THE STREETS. >>YOU JUST SAW HOW FAST THAT CAR WAS DRIVING. IF YOU HAVE TO BE ON THE ROAD, DRIVE SLOW AND ACROSS. YOU’RE JUST PUSHING MORE WATER IN PEOPLE’S HOMES AND CARS AND PEOPLE’S BUSINESSES. PLEASE BE COGNIZANT OF THAT. >>BE AWARE WE COULD GET MORE RAIN OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF IT. THE CITY DID SUSPEND PARKING RESTRICTIONS TO PARK ON THE GROUND. THE VIDEO, WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF GROUNDS WERE COVERED WITH WATER. THIS IS THE ROAD. YOU CAN SEE KIND OF THE WEIGHT COMING OFF THE CAR. HOW MUCH WATER IS THERE. >>THANKFULLY, THIS IS ONE OF THE BETTER ONES WE’VE SEEN. >>PAUL IS APPROACHING NEW ORLEANS. WE’RE TELLING YOU MANY EXIT RAMPS WERE CLOSED DUE TO STREET FLOODING. >>THIS LOOKS LIKE IT’S INSIDE OF PLANET FITNESS. >>WE WERE JUST SAYING BUSES AND STREETCARS WERE AT A STAND STILL. WE’RE NOT EXACTLY WHERE THIS ONE IS. YOU SEE THE PERSON PUTTING HER FEET UP SO THEY DON’T GET WET. YOU KNOW HOW MANY STEPS YOU HAVE TO GO UP TO GET IN A BUS. >>WE’LL SEE WHERE THAT’S HAPPENING FOR YOU GUYS. >>AGAIN, YOU CAN TELL THE WATER IS GOING INTO THE HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN THAT AREA. >>AND AS WE MENTIONED BEFORE, DON’T WALK IN THE STREET. THAT IS NOT SAFE. I KNOW YOU WANT TO GET OUT IN YOUR RAIN BOOTS AND TELL US HOW DEEP IT IS BUT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S UNDER THE WATER. >>THIS IS THE FLOODING THIS MORNING. GUYS, KEEP THIS IN MIND. WE WANT TO REMIND YOU IF YOU FIND A SPOT ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW, IT’S OKAY. PARKING RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED. >>THAT WAS SOMEONE SAYING WATER’S IN THE HOUSE. WE HAVEN’T SEEN PICTURES FROM BROAD MOR ON AIR YET. THE STREET HAS BEENABLE. ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS SAY THIS IS THE WORST SHE’S SEEN SINCE KATRINA. >>SOME OF THE AREAS WE’RE SHOWING THIS MORNING, WE HEARD PEOPLE SAY WE DIDN’T WANT TO PUT THE TREE UP. U.S. JUST THE PAST DAY OR TWO 118 OUT OF 120 PUMPS WERE WORKING. AS FAR AS WE KNOW KNOW, WATER IS GETTING UP THERE ANYWAY. >>IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE WE’RE GETTING A BREAK IN THE RAIN. DAVE, ARE YOU OVER THERE? >>I AM. LET ME RESET HERE. WE’RE LOOKING AT THE RAIN. NORTH SHORE, IT’S NOT RAINING UP HERE. A COUPLE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. YOU’LL GET YOUR CHANCE OF RAIN SOONER THAN YOU WANT TO AS WE GET INTO LATER TODAY AND THURSDAY FOR SURE THAT’S THE CRAZY THING ABOUT THIS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE’RE FOG TO GET AS WE HEAD INTO THE END OF THE WEEK AND WEEKEND. THIS IS A BIGGER PART OF THE SYSTEM. HEAVY RAIN AND STORMS CONTINUING TO MOVE OVER THE SAME AREA CALLED TRAINING WHEN THIS HAPPENS. IT HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE. LIGHTNING IS STARTING TO INTENSIFY A LITTLE BIT WHICH MEANS WE’RE SEEING MORE LIGHTNING STRIKES WHICH MEANS THESE STORMS ARE NOT DISSIPATING IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THAT IN MIND WE HAVE THE BACK EDGE WORKING THROUGH PERISH. STREET FLOODING CROSSES THE METRO AREA. JEFFERSON PARIS UNTIL 11:45 THIS MORNING. RIGHT NOW, LIGHTER RAIN HERE. BRIDGE CITY, OLD JEFFERSON AREA. BACK TOWARDS THE FINE UPTOWN AREA. GETTING LIGHTER RAIN. I DON’T HEAR IT AS LOUD ON THE ROOF TOP IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. BACK TOWARDS THE WEST BANK HEADING OVER TOWARDS BRIDGE CITY. IT CONTINUES IN YOUR AREA AS WELL. COMING IN, PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH THEM. WE HAVE SOME OF THE WATER IN THE BUSINESSES. FORTUNATELY, WE DON’T HAVE A LARGE RATION EARLIER. WE HAD A WATER SPOUT EARLIER. THAT WATER SPOUT IS A TWEET. IT WORKED OUT INTO THE CAMPUS THERE LIKELY BEFORE DISSIPATING. A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE WATER SPOUT THIS MORNING. STRONG ROTATION WITH THE RADAR WHICH PROMPTED THE TORNADO WARNING BEFORE 8:00 THIS MORNING. WE CONTINUE LOOKING AT, THAT WAS BEFORE 8:00 THIS MORNING. STILL LOOKING AT A LOT OF HEAVY RAIN STILL IN THE AREAS PRONE TO STREET FLOODING. THEY’RE GOING TO FLOOD IN THE AREA. BEST THING TO DO. LIGHTNING STRIKE IS COMING UP. IT WAS OVER 400 STRIKES IN 15 MINUTES. IT DROPPED DOWN TO LESS THAN A HUNDRED. BACK UP TO 168. STARTING TO SEE MORE LIGHTNING STARTING UP HERE. THAT IS WORTH WATCHING BECAUSE WE’LL CONTINUE TO SEE HERE SOME OF THE STORMS PRODUCING MORE HEAVY RAIN. HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES TO THE SOUTH. THERE’S AN UPPER LEVEL HERE. SURFACE LOW BEHIND IT. THEY MATCH UP AND THAT’S WHEN WE HAVE A TROPICAL SYSTEM. THAT SHOULD HAPPEN HERE AND RIGHT NOW, A LARGE CIRCULATION THAT WILL TIGHTEN UP A LITTLE BIT AND BECOME MORE ORGANIZED. HOWEVER, THERE’S A RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER THIS MORNING LEVEL ONE. WE’RE CONTINUING TRACKING THIS ONE HERE AND LOOKS LIKE WE’LL BE DOING MORE WITH THAT RAIN COMING BACK INTO PLAY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THIS MIGHT BE MORE TO THE WEST OF US. WE’LL WATCH THAT. >>IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STREET FLOODING. WE WANT TO TAKE YOU TO I-10 AT BASIN STREETS. LOOK AT HOW HIGH THE WATER IS HERE. SEVERAL CARS STRANDED IN THIS AREA. >>LOOK AT THE FIRE TRUCK. >>IT’S HARD TO PULL UP THERE TO HIGHER GROUND AND NOT KEEP GOING. THE MAYOR TWEETED OUT CITY ALL IS CLOSED. >>HELPING THE STRANDED. NOT REALIZING HOW DEEP THE WATER IS, THIS IS AT BASIN AND CLAYBORN. IF YOU’RE WATCHING ALL THIS AND WONDERING THEY’RE SAYING 118 OUT OF 120 PUMPS ARE WORKING. BASED ON THE PRELIMINARY DATA FROM THIS MORNING THERE WAS A LOT OF RAIN. THEY SAID THE CITY GOT SIX INCHES OF RAIN. >>CAN YOU CONFIRM SIX INCHES, DOES THAT SOUND ABOUT ACCURATE? >>YES. BASED OFF THE DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES, THAT’S LIKELY. >>I WAS GOING TO ASK HOW DOES THAT COMPARE TO THE HISTORIC FLOODING? >>IT’S PRETTY CLOSE. >>WE SAW THE FIRE TRUCK HAVING PROBLEMS. >>THIS IS A LIVE LOOK FROM BASIN STREET. >>I GOT OVER AT THE WORLD WAR II MUSEUM 5.38 INCHES OF RAIN. >>YEAH, DEFINITELY QUIET IMPRESSIVE. I JUST WANT TO REITERATE THIS IS NOTHING YET AS TO WHAT’S COMING. >>THAT’S UNFORTUNATELY. >>WE COULD DO A LOT MORE THAN THIS AS WE GO FORWARD HERE. >>THEY ALREADY HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL. DON’T GO OUT AND GIVE THEM MORE PEOPLE TO RESCUE. >>SEVERAL INTERSECTIONS THEY WERE TOLD TO GO RESCUE PEOPLE. THIS IS ON BASIN STREET. EVERYTHING’S FLOODED ON BASIN IF YOU WERE TURNING ON CLAYBORN. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU COULD TURNED AND FOUND A WAY THAT WASN’T FLOODED. THIS IS RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM THE THEATER. >>THE RV AND WATER IS UP OVER THE WHEEL WELLS. >>I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT, PULL OVER. >>ONCE YOU TURN ON BASIN YOU DON’T SEE ANY AREA NOT FLOODED. YOU STILL SEE FLOODING IN THE INTERSECTION WHERE THE CARS ARE STRANDED. >>AS YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN’T EVEN GET TO THE INTERSTATE HERE. >>WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS. THIS IS SOME OF THE WORST AND HIGHEST WATER WE’VE SEEN. AGAIN, MANY PEOPLE SAYING AS WE’VE SEEN, THIS IS FLOODING IN AREAS I’VE NEVER SEEN FLOODING BEFORE. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS MORNING. >>THE POWER OUTAGES ARE CONTINUING TO GROW NOW WITHOUT POWER. >>IT’S HARD FOR THEM TO GO ADDRESS THE ISSUES. >>AGAIN, OBVIOUSLY, YOU SHOULDN’T BE TRYING TO DRIVE THIS MORNING. APRIL SAID SHE’S NOT SEEING A TON OF ACCIDENTS. WHAT SHE’S SEEING ARE THE EXIT RAMPS CLOSED AND STREETS CLOSED. IT’S OBVIOUS, IT’S NOT AN OPTION. WE HAD WATER COMING IN EARLIER TO ONE OF THE BUSES. >>THIS IS ORLEANS. SEVERAL OF THE EXIT RAMPS ARE CLOSED. >>WE WANT TO MENTION MAYOR HAS BEEN TWEETING AND CITY HALL IS CLOSED. ALL NONESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES STAY HOME. KEEP SENDING VIDEOS AND PICTURES TO WWL TV. WE HAVE REPORTERS ACROSS THE CITY AS WELL WORKING ON THIS. JAQUELINE SENT THIS VIDEO THIS MORNING. >>I’M HERE IN MID-CITY. I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. THIS IS MID-CITY. SPECIFICALLY, RIGHT HERE, THIS IS CLOSE TO THE STREETS THERE. EVERYTHING’S FLOODED. PEOPLE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME MOVING AROUND. YOU CAN SEE THAT YOU KNOW, THERE’S NOT A LOT OF TRAFFIC. RIGHT NOW, IT WOULD BE BUSY. PEOPLE WOULD BE TURNING DOWN THE STREET RIGHT NOW, IT’S VERY CLOSE TO I-10 UP HERE. I CAN’T REALLY MAKE IT OUT HERE VERY FAR BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF THAT FLOODING I’M TALKING ABOUT. IT’S RAINING PRETTY HARD. I CAN’T EVEN GET INTO WORK RIGHT NOW. THERE’S A LOT OF WATER HERE. AS I’M WALKING IT’S PROBABLY MAYBE A FOOT IN SOME PLACES AT THIS POINT. REALLY HARD TO GET AROUND. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE TRASH CAN START LIFTING AND FALLING OVER. SOME OF THESE CARS ARE TAKING ON WATER. OBVIOUSLY, THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR AN HOUR OR MORE. THIS IS AN AREA THAT FLOODS OFTEN. IT HAS ISSUES HERE. IT ISN’T A SURPRISE. BUT YOU KNOW, JUST SEEING HERE HOW MUCH WATER HAS COLLECTED AND THEN IT TAKES SOME TIME TO ALSO GO DOWN AT THIS POINT BUT YOU KNOW, THIS STREET DOESN’T LOOK TOO BAD. DEFINITELY, THE ISSUE IS BEYOND THE TREE. YOU CAN LOOK AT THE TRUCK AND SEE HOW HIGH IT’S COMING UPRIGHT NOW. >>YOU WANT SOMETHING LIFTED IT LOOKS LIKE. A TRUCK NOT EXACTLY A SEDAN. IF YOU’RE COMING INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, FOLKS ARE FINDING IT HARD TO GET AROUND THIS AREA. BUT YOU KNOW, WHY WE HAD THE WARNINGS AND EVERYTHING. ALL OF THIS WATER AND RAIN. >>>I FOUND IT HARD TO GET OUT. I COULDN’T MAKE IT FAR. THE PROBLEM YOU GET, THE OTHER PROBLEM AREAS, IF YOU TURN OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU END UP GOING ON TO TWO LANES TO GET DOWN TO THE DOWNTOWN AREAS AND THERE’S A LOT OF WATER. YOU CAN’T GET AROUND. YOU MAYBE GET OUT OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND WHERE ARE YOU GOING? ANOTHER PROBLEM SPOT GET TO IT AGAIN BECAUSE TO WATER PASSED BY I-10 IN CARROLTON AND TAKING ON DISBENEFIT, I’M REALLY SORRY THIS HAS BEEN SIDEWAYS. MY PHONE IS WET AND I KEEP ON TRYING TO GET IT, LIKE, FROM THE START, WHEN WE ARE BROADCASTING IT. IT JUST DOESN’T DO THAT TURN LIKE IT’S SUPPOSED TO DURING FACEBOOK LIVE. I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW IN THE MID CITY AREA WHERE I’M AT. THIS IS HENNESSY NEAR CARROLLTON AND ELOA, IT’S A PROBLEM SPOT. IT DOES THIS A LOT WHEN THERE’S A LOT OF RAIN. SO WE’RE SEEING A PRETTY GOOD AMOUNT OF FLOODING OUT HERE, A LOT OF THIS — YOU KNOW, IT’S HARD FOR THEM. LUCKILY NO STALLED CARS YET. YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY QUIET RIGHT NOW, AND I CAN TELL, WHILE YOU DON’T SEE A LOT OF CARS OUT HERE, BUT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE AWARE. YOU’RE SEEING THIS ALL OVER FACEBOOK, NEWS MEDIA THAT YOU CAN’T GET AROUND. EVEN IF YOU CAN LEAVE FOR SOME SHORT DISTANCE, YOU KNOW, IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET AROUND RIGHT NOW WITH ALL THE AREAS THAT HAVE A LOT OF FLOODING GOING ON. ALL RIGHT. WELL, THIS IS JUST A QUICK UPDATE. I’M ALSO TRYING TO SEE HOW FAR I CAN GET. LIKE I SAID EARLIER, I WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT TO WORK, BUT SOME OF THE ISSUES I RAN INTO WAS JUST TURNING DOWN ON OTHER STREETS TO GET TO WORK. I KNOW A LOT OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES ARE STUCK IN TRAFFIC JUST GETTING TO WORK. SO I HOPE WHEREVER YOU GUYS ARE, JUST BE VERY CAREFUL AND BE AWARE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF WATER, THERE’S A LOT OF FLOODING IN AREAS, AND THEN WE HAVE A COME WARNINGS. I BELIEVE THERE WAS A TORNADO WARNING. BUT YOU CAN DEFINITELY CHECK OUR STATION WWWLTV.COM ONLINE. WHATEVER SERVICE YOU’RE GETTING TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND WHERE YOU GUYS ARE. >>JACKLINE, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. WE SAW SOME OF THE CARS JUST SPEEDING BY. ONCE AGAIN, DON’T GO ON THE STREETS IF YOU DON’T NEED TO. AND IF FOR SOME REASON YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH, DRIVE SLOW. IT’S AGAINST THE LAW. YOU’RE PUSHING WATER INTO PARKED CARS, INTO HOMES AND BUSINESSES. MAKE SURE YOU’RE VERY CAREFUL OUT THERE. >>SHE WAS SHOWING US FLOODING IN MID CITY, BUT WE’VE SEEN FLOODING IN GENTILLY, THE GARDEN DISTRICT. WE HAD A WATER SPOUT EARLIER THIS MORNING THAT WE WERE WATCHING NEAR THE CAMPUS. LET’S GET OVER TO DAVE FOR A RECAP AND HOW MUCH WATER WE’VE SEEN, DAVE. >>QUITE A BIT OUT THERE. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR WEATHER LINK TOTALS. WORLD WAR II MUSEUM, NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM HERE, OF COURSE YOU CAN SEE 5.41 INCHES OF RAIN. A LOT OF THAT FELL IN ABOUT A TWO-HOUR WINDOW. METAIRIE, THAT HAS REALLY TICKED UP, ABOUT THREE INCHES. THAT’S ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO, IT WAS JUST OVER TWO INCHES. SO VERY HEAVY RAIN FALLING THERE. ST. CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL, NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM CLEARY AS WELL AS AIRLINE HIGHWAY THIS HOUR. SO DEFINITELY HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL ACROSS THE REGION. YOU’LL SEE HERE THAT FIRST INITIAL BATCH. THE HEAVIEST RAIN NOW MOVING TO THE EAST SO NOW ST. CHARLES PARISH, OVER TOWARD THE ST. JOHN PARISH AREA AS WELL TOO. AND IT DOES SPREAD ITS WAY ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE COAST. NORTHSHORE, YOU GUYS HAVEN’T HAD ANYTHING YET, BUT THAT’S A GOOD THING BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF HEAVY RAIN COMING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. RIGHT NOW YOU CAN SEE KIND OF THE BACK EDGE OF THE HEAVIEST RAIN WORKING ITS WAY ON INTO THE PARISH LINE, HEADING TO METARIE, WAGGAMAN, SAYING OVER TOWARDS RIVER RIDGE AREA. DID SEE A STORM REPORT OF WATER GETTING INTO BUSINESSES IN HARRAHAN RIGHT BY JEFFREY HIGHWAY THERE. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND. SOME OF THOSE AREAS ARE PRONE TO HEAVY FLOODING. THIS INTO THE KENNER AREA AND SPREADING ON INTO ST. CHARLES PARISH AS WELL. WE ARE LOOKING INTO NORCO, INTERSTATE 10 TOWARDS THE SPILLWAY, TOWARDS THE LA PLAS AREA AS WELL. WE’LL CONTINUE LOOKING AT THAT. STILL STRONG HEAVY DOWNPOURS COMING ON IN COULD LEAD TO SOME STREET FLOODING ISSUES. HOPEFULLY THE PUMPS UP AND RUNNING. THEY SHOULD BE ALREADY BECAUSE WE HAVE GOTTEN THAT AMOUNT OF RAIN WE’VE SEEN. WE ARE LOOKING AT MORE OF THAT RAIN. SO WE DO HAVE — IT SAYS FLASH FLOOD WARNING, BUT THESE ARE NOW FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES. YOU DON’T HEAR THE TERM EMERGENCY VERY OFTEN. YOU ONLY HEAR THAT WHEN WE ARE DEALING WITH EXISTING FLOODING ISSUES, AND CLEARLY WE JUST SHOWED YOU FROM JACQUELIN’S LIVE LOOK THERE TO OTHER PHOTOS AROUND TOWN, WHEN YOU HAVE THE STREET FLOODING, FLOODING IS ONGOING, THAT TRANSITIONS IT FROM A WARNING TO, HEY, WE HAVE IT, IT’S NOW AN EMERGENCY. TOW FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ARE CURRENTLY GOING ON NOW FOR ORLEANS PARISH, THE WESTERN EDGE OF THAT AND ALSO SCWRNGT, THE UPPER PART OF THAT UN — AND JEFFERSON PARISH. THE UPPER PART OF THIS ONE. THAT’S FROM 10:45 TO 11:45 THIS MORNING. SO WE ARE CONTINUING TO SEE THIS ACROSS THIS AREA. RIGHT NOW HEAVY RAIN THERE FROM BASICALLY CAUSEWAY BACK TOWARD KENNER AND THROUGH MUCH OF THE UPPER PART OF JEFFERSON PARISH HEADING ON INTO ST. CHARLES PARISH SWELL. >>AND, DAVE, THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN JEFFERSON PARISH — >>EMERGENCY NOW. >>IT’S UNTIL WHEN? >>UNTIL 11:45 THIS MORNING. >>OKAY. >>AND WE HAVE MIKE WE’RE GOING TO TALK TO, CORRECT? >>JEFFERSON PARISH PRESIDENT MIKE JOINING US BY PHONE. ARE YOU THERE? >>YES, I’M HERE. >>WE HEAR YOU GUYS ARE SEEING TONS OF STREET FLOODING THIS MORNING AS WELL. GIVE US A PICTURE OF WHAT YOU’RE SEEING. >>YEAH, AREAS IN HARRAHAN, OLD METARIE GOT FIVE, MAYBE 5 1/2 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE PAST TWO HOURS RIGHT NOW. >>WOW! >>YOU KNOW, JEFFERSON HIGHWAY TO LA BARRE ROAD IS AN ISSUE. LABARRE ROAD TO THE HIGHWAY IS AN ISSUE. ON THE WEST BANK, LAFAYETTE AVENUE AND EXPRESSWAY, HUEY P. LONG AND ALL THE WAY TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEES. I’LL TELL YOU THAT OF OUR 80,400 CATCH BASINS ACROSS THE PARISH, WE’VE CLEANED OUT OVER 5,800 OF THEM. IN THE LAST FEW DAYS WE’VE CLEANED OVER 1,000, SO WE’RE ABOUT 6,800. WE HAVE 187 PUMPS THAT ARE PUMPING RIGHT NOW. ACTUALLY, WE HAVE 186. WE HAVE ONE PUMP THAT IS DOWN FOR ROUTINE REPAIR WHICH SHOULD BE UP IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. IT’S A SMALL PUMP AT OUR ELMWOOD PUMP STATION. AND OF COURSE ALL OF OUR 69 PUMP STATIONS ARE EITHER MANNED OR FULLY AUTOMATED, AND OF COURSE IN OLD METARIE, AS I MENTIONED, WE GOT ABOUT FIVE TO 5 1/2 INCHES OF RAIN IN OLD JEFFERSON FOUR INCHES OF RAIN AND THREE INCHES IN RIVER RIDGE. AND THESE ARE ABOUT 20 TO 30 MINUTES OLD. SO THAT MEANS BASED ON WHAT YA’LL HAVE SEEN OVER THE PAST FEW MINUTES WE HAVE HAD MORE. BUT OUR DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE THEIR NINE TRUCKS OUT CONTINUING TO CLEAN OUT CATCH BASINS. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN ON OUR END TO GET THE WATER TO THE STREETS AND THE CANALS AND PUMP IT OUT AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. >>SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A PLAN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’RE NOT GETTING A LOT OF VIEWER PICTURES AND VIDEOS FROM JEFFERSON PARISH. SO IF YOU’RE WATCHING AT HOME AND FROM JEFFERSON, BE SURE TO TWEET THEM WITH THE HASHTAG, BE ON 4. AND MR. YENNI, OF COURSE CITY HALL IS CLOSED IN DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS. IS THAT THE SAME CASE IN JEFFERSON PARISH? >>AT THIS POINT, NO, WE’RE OPEN. AT A CERTAIN POINT WE MAY REDUCE TO ONLY OUR ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, BUT AT THIS POINT WE’RE OPEN. WHAT I DON’T WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I’M LOOKING OUT MY BUILDING, CLEARVIEW IS TAKING SOME WATER. IN THIS TRAFFIC, I DON’T WANT TO FLOOD THE STREETS RIGHT NOW WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. THE WINDS ARE REALLY HIGH. SO AT THAT CERTAIN POINT WE’RE CERTAINLY GOING TO LOOK AT THAT. LIKE YOU SAID, WE DO HAVE A PLAN. I WOULD SAY JEFFERSON PARISH PROBABLY HAS THE BEST STANDARD OPERATING PLAN. BUT I’VE NEVER IN MY 21 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT EVER SEEN A STANDARD OPERATING STORM. SO WE JUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ADJUST AND ADAPT TO WHAT COMES OUR WAY AND TO RESTORE EVERYTHING AND RECOVER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >>WHAT ABOUT POWER OUTAGES IN YOUR AREA? >>YOU KNOW, I HAVEN’T PULLED UP MY OUTAGE MAP YET BECAUSE I’VE BEEN GETTING THE STREET FLOODING REPORTS YET, SO I’M SURE THERE PROBABLY ARE SOME WITH ALL THE LIGHTNING STRIKES AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S BEEN GOING. >>ACTUALLY, OUR PRODUCER JUST TOLD US 7,000. >>I KNEW EARLIER THIS MORNING IT WAS ONLY ABOUT 1,200, BUT I KNEW THAT WENT UP. AND, YOU KNOW, WE’RE GETTING SOME HIGH WINDS, SO WE KNOW WITH THOSE HIGH WINDS AND THE TREES WE HAVE THROUGHOUT ALL OF JEFFERSON PARISH THAT’S CERTAINLY GOING TO KNOCK OUT SOME SCENARIOS. I’M SEEING THAT YA’LL HAVE IT ON TV RIGHT NOW. >>YES. >>ENTERGY WILL RESTORE THAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE JUST ASK PEOPLE TO BE PATIENT BECAUSE AS THEY CAN’T GET THROUGH TRAFFIC, OUR TRAFFIC IS CAUSED BECAUSE OF FLOODING, IT TAKES ENTERGY A LONGER TIME TO BE ABLE TO DISPERSE THEIR CREWS OUT TO TRY TO HANDLE THOSE ISSUES. >>AND HAVE YOU HEARD OF ANY FLOODING INSIDE HOMES AND BUSINESSES? WE’RE ALREADY SEEING SOME OF THAT IN ORLEANS PARISH. I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE STREET FLOODING. DO YOU GUYS HAVE REPORTS OF IT BEING INSIDE? >>WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY REPORTS OF THAT AS OF YET THAT HAVE COME THROUGH MY OFFICE. I KNOW OUR DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT IS MONITORING IT AND I TALKED TO DRAINAGE ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO AND I HAVE NOT HEARD ANY. BUT WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAIN WE GOT IN OLD METARIE, I KNOW — WE’RE ALMOST CLOSE TO A SIX, BUT LIKE METARIE CAFE AND HALEY’S BARBER SHOP AND THOSE SECTIONS ON METARIE ROAD BY THE RAILROAD TRACKS, THAT IS AN AREA PRONE TO FLOODING. OVER THE PAST FEW EVENTS WE HAVEN’T HAD AN ISSUE, BUT THAT LAST ONE WE HAD WHEN WE GOT OVER SIX INCHES OF RAIN IN THAT AREA, THEY DID HAVE SOME STRUCTURE FLOODING IN THAT AREA AND THOSE SHOPS AND BUSINESSES — YOU KNOW, WE HAVE FIXES ON THE WAY. WE HAVE SOME GREAT INVESTMENTS IN DISTRICT 5 TO PUT NEW PUMP STATIONS IN ALONG WITH 17th STREET CANAL, MANY PUMP STATIONS THAT WILL HELP DRAIN THOSE AREAS. THEY’RE ALL IN THE DESIGN PHASE RIGHT NOW AND THEY’RE FUNDED TO GO THROUGH. COUNCILMAN RANKIN HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD WITH MY OFFICE TO DO THAT BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY — YOU KNOW, IT NEEDS TO BE A BIG FIX. PONTIFF PLAYGROUND IS FULLY PRAIVTIONAL AND RUNNING. WE’VE HAD SOME CALLS WHERE THE WATER IS HIGH IN THE STREETS WHERE THEY SAY PONTIFF PLAYGROUND MUST NOT BE ON BECAUSE WE HAVE PUMPS TO ALLEVIATE THE STRESS THERE. EVERY PUMP AT PONTIFF IS WORKING AT THIS POINT. SO WE’RE DRAINING THAT. ONCE THE PLAYGROUND FILLS UP, IT’LL TAKE TIME TO GET THAT WATER OUT. WE’VE NEVER HAD THE PLAYGROUND COMPLETELY SUBMERGED, BUT ON A DAY LIKE TODAY WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAIN WE’RE GOING TO GET, WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN. >>JEFFERSON PARISH PARISH PRESIDENT MIKE YENNI, THANKS FOR THOSE UPDATES AND CALL US BACK IF ANYTHING ELSE DEVELOPS NOW. >>> WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS REGARDING INVEST 92. >>YES. THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HAS NOW INDICATED THIS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER 2, THIS OFFICIALLY GOES INTO EFFECT AT 10:00. I CAN SHOW IT TO YOU RIGHT NOW. BASICALLY WHAT THEY’RE WAITING ON HERE IS FOR THE SYSTEM TO DEVELOP ITSELF. IT’S STARTING TO GET A LITTLE BETTER CIRCULATION TO THIS. BUT NOW THEY’VE ISSUED A POTENTIAL FORECAST, LIKELY BECOMING A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING, THEN BECOME AGO TROPICAL STORM AS WE HEAD INTO THURSDAY NIGHT AROUND 7:00, MAINTAINING A TROPICAL STORM STATUS AND BECOMING A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE, FAIRLY STRONG ONE WITH 85-MILE-PER- HOUR WINDS SATURDAY MORNING AT 7:00 A.M. JUST OFF OUR COASTLINE WITH A POSSIBLE LANDFALL HERE, THEY’RE TAKING THIS OVER TOWARD THE WEST OVER PARTS OF, SAY, CAMERON PARISH THERE NEAR THE LAKE CHARLES AREA. THIS WOULD BE RIGHT AROUND, SAY, SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY MIDNIGHT TIME FRAME WITH THAT LANDFALL GOING IN THERE, SO SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING, THAT’S WHEN A LANDFALL WILL BE AS A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE AND CONTINUING ON ITS TRACK HERE TOWARD THE STREETPORT AREA AND EVENTUALLY ON INTO PART OF TEXAS, WEAKENING THERE. BUT THIS IS THE LATEST NOW. POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. THIS IS A NEW PRODUCT ISSUED A COME YEARS AGO BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. WHAT THIS DOES IT ALLOWS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS TO GET THINGS GOING SOONER THAN THE STORM HAS ACTUALLY DEVELOPED BECAUSE IF YOU WAIT UNTIL IT DEVELOP, MAY BE RUNNING OUT OF TOO MUCH TIME, TOO LITTLE TIME TO GET THE PROPER NECESSITIES DONE, PEOPLE OUT IF THEY NEED TO GET OUT, THE NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED IN ANY KIND OF AN EMERGENCY MONEY NEEDED TO HELP GET THINGS GOING, THIS IS WHAT WE’RE WAITING FOR WITH THIS. SO WHEN THEY ISSUE THIS, THAT IMMEDIATELY ALLOWS THEM TO START ACTING. SO HERE ACROSS SOUTH LOUISIANA WE NOW HAVE THIS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. NOTICE NEW ORLEANS IS NOT IN THE CONE, BUT NOTICE THE CONE GETS VERY WIDE AS WE GET ON INTO JUST BEYOND FRIDAY. IT DOES STRETCH FROM NEW ORLEANS ALL THE WAY BACK INTO HOUSTON, TEXAS AND BEYOND. SO WE ARE LOOKING AT THERE, AGAIN, A FAIRLY LARGE, WHAT COULD BE A CHANGE IN AIR WITH THIS, THAT’S BECAUSE THE FORECAST MODELS ARE SPREAD OUT THAT MUCH. THE MIDDLE OF THE LINE WITH THIS WHICH, AGAIN, YOU CAN’T FOLLOW, BUT I JUST DO IT ON HERE TO SHOW YOU THAT IT DOES TAKE IT OVER INTO CAMERON PARISH, LAKE CHARLES AREA TO FREEPORT, HIGH-END CATEGORY 1. AS WE GET INTO AROUND 90 OR SO, THAT’S A CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE. SO IT’S LIKELY GOING TO BECOME A HURRICANE, MAKING LANDFALL TO THE WEST. NOW, IF IT DOES TAKE MORE OF THAT WESTWARD TRACK, THAT IS FANTASTIC NEWS FOR US HERE IN NEW ORLEANS. BASICALLY WHAT THAT MEANS IS THE HEAVIEST RAINS WILL BE MORE TO THE WEST. WE WILL STILL GET SOME HEAVY RAIN, SIX TO 12 INCHES OF IT, BUT WE WILL SEE MORE OF IT KIND OF WORKING ITS WAY HERE MAYBE FAR TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE. NOT GOOD NEWS FOR THEM, BUT IT MAY BE A LITTLE BETTER NEWS FOR US. HOWEVER, YOU NOTICE THAT CONE. YOU CAN’T JUST LOOK AT THE MIDDLE LINE. WE SAY THIS EVERY YEAR, AND I KNOW PEOPLE ARE GOING YEAH, YEAH, I KNOW. BUT, PLEASE, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ENTIRE THING BECAUSE THIS SYSTEM HAS YET TO DEVELOP. THIS WILL LIKELY CHANGE OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS HERE. SO BE SURE TO KEEP IT TUNED HERE, OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, OUR TWITTER SITES, MY PAGE, IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW ME THERE, PLEASE DO SO NOW. I POST ALL KINDS OF GREAT INFORMATION AND UPDATES THERE. AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO SO OF COURSE AS WELL. BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT, A POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE IS WHAT THEY’RE CALLING THIS AND BASICALLY A TROPICAL SYSTEM. A CYCLONE IS JUST ANOTHER TERM TO TALK ABOUT LOW PRESSURE. THAT’S WHAT CYCLONE MEANS. SO WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THIS BECOMING A DEPRESSION LATER TODAY, BY TONIGHT IT LOOKS LIKE, MAINTAINING A DEPRESSION STATUS THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING. SO WHEN I TALK TO YOU IN THE MORNING SHOW, WE STILL HAVE A TROPICAL DEPRESSION. BY AFTERNOON, EVENING BECOMING TROPICAL STORM BARRY, STAYING A TROPICAL STORM THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING BECOMING A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE AND WORKING ITS WAY ON INTO AT LEAST AT THIS POINT AREAS WEST OF NEW ORLEANS FOR A DIRECT LANDFALL. HOWEVER, YOU CANNOT, REMEMBER, JUST LOOK AT THE DIRECT WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE. THIS IS GOING TO BE A WIDESPREAD RAIN EVENT FOR MUCH OF LOUISIANA INTO PARTS OF SOUTH MISSISSIPPI AS WELL TOO. STILL LOOKING AT THE THREAT FOR POTENTIALLY SIX TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN, A STORM SURGE HERE LIKELY AS WELL. WE WILL START SEEING MAYBE ADVISORIES ISSUED, TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ISSUED, I HAVEN’T SEEN THEM YET, BUT PROBABLY COMING OUT HERE AT 10:00 WHEN THE ADVISORY GOES INTO EFFECT HERE. WE COULD LIKELY HAVE TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA, SO DO BE PREPARED FOR THAT HERE GOING FORWARD AND HURRICANE WARNINGS AND WATCHES UP OUR COASTLINE, ESPECIALLY FROM MORGAN CITY ALL THE WAY BACK TO ABOUT SABINE RIVER, HEADING TO POTENTIALLY ALL THE WAY INTO THE HOUSTON, TEXAS AREA AS WELL TOO. SO, AGAIN, THIS COULD EASILY CHANGE DIRECTION THE WAY IT LOOKS. BUT NOTICE THAT REALLY THE I- 55, WESTWARD ALL THE WAY TO ABOUT HOUSTON, COLUMBUS, TEXAS, THAT IS WHERE WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT CONE RIGHT NOW OF UNCERTAINTY, IF YOU WILL. BUT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED THAT EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT DIRECTLY GO OVER TOP OF US WHICH IS GOOD NEWS, THE EFFECTS OF IT BEING ON THAT WET SIDE OR THEY CALL IT THE DIRTY SIDE OF THIS STORM, WE ARE THERE. SO ALL THIS RAIN WILL BE HEADING UP OUR WAY, AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SOME VERY HEAVY RAIN POTENTIALLY COMING FROM THIS. THIS IS YET TO COME. AND WHAT WE HAVE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW A DIFFERENT STORY WITH THE HEAVY DOWNPOURS CONTINUING TO WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH THE AREA THIS MORNING. AS YOU CAN SEE, SOME OF THE RAIN TOTALS, WORLD WAR II MUSEUM, 5.4 INCHES, 4.12 AT THE SACRED ACADEMY. AND METARIE THERE 3.24 INCHES, NOT TOO FAR FROM WHERE THE PARISH PRESIDENT YENNI HAD THE FLOODING ROADS THERE. AGAIN, THAT’S WHY WE HAVE SOME FLOODING ISSUES THERE. HEAVY RAIN STILL WORKING ITS WAY OUT OF THE METRO NEW ORLEANS AREA. SOME LIGHT RAIN HERE. METARIE, AGAIN, CAUSEWAY BOULEVARD SOME LIGHTER RAIN WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE FLOODING THAT COLIN WAS TALKING ABOUT. HEADING TO WAGGAMAN, SPREADING INTO ST. CHARLES PARISH NOW. SO ST. CHARLES PARISH, YOU ARE DEALING WITH HEAVY RAINS OUT THERE AS WELL. HEADING OVER TOWARD EVENTUALLY LA PLAS AND ST. JOHN PARISH, HEAVY RAIN GOING INTO PARTS OF THE SPILLWAY AT THIS POINT, SO THAT AREA IS, AGAIN, DEALING WITH SOME OF THE HEAVIEST RAIN COMING ON IN. KENNER, SOUTHERN PART OF KENNER CROSSING THE RIVER INTO WAGGAMAN, BRINK CITY AREA, HEAVY DOWNPOURS CONTINUE FOR YOU AT THIS POINT. FLASH FLOODING EMERGENCIES ARE CURRENTLY IN EFFECT 11:45 FOR JEFFERSON PARISH, THE UPPER PART OF THE PARISH AND ALSO FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY UNTIL 10:45 FOR ORLEANS PARISH HERE AS WE ARE DEALING WITH, AGAIN, A WIDESPREAD STREET FLOODING IN BOTH PARISHES AS IT CONTINUES OUT HERE THIS MORNING. AGAIN, THE BACK EDGE OF THE HEAVIER RAIN, HERE’S CAUSEWAY BOULEVARD KIND OF FROM CAUSEWAY WESTWARD WHERE IT IS. RIVER RIDGE, BRIDGE CITY, BACK TO KENNER, THAT IS WHERE WE’RE LOOKING AT IT. BUT FORTUNATELY THE RAIN IS MOVING AT A LITTLE FASTER CLIP THAN IT HAS ALL MORNING. THAT’S GREAT NEWS, TAKING THE LIGHTNING WITH IT AS WELL. YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THERE. AT LEAST IT’LL BE COMING TO AN END FAIRLY QUICKLY, 15, 20 MINUTES FOR YOU AND IMPROVING WEATHER FOR THE REST OF US HERE AS THE PUMPS CATCH UP WITH ALL THE RAIN WE CURRENTLY HAVE OUT THERE TOO. I DO WANT TO ADD THE LIGHTNING STRIKES COUNT IS DOWN, 139, IT WAS OVER 400 AT ONE POINT THIS MORNING. MORE HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES TO SPREAD. GRAND ISLE, MORE HEAVY RAIN FOR YOU AS WELL. THIS IS ALL ACTUALLY INDIRECTLY TIED IN WITH THAT SYSTEM. ININVEST INTO 92 WITH THAT DISTURBANCE PINNING UP HERE, UPPER LEVEL LOW OUT AHEAD OF IT, THAT’S WHAT’S HELPING GIVE US THAT HEAVY RAIN THIS MORNING. THIS DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE GETTING AS WE MOVE FORWARD HERE INTO A LITTLE LATER ON THIS WEEK. SO WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT THE POTENTIAL THERE FOR THE SYSTEM TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA. LET ME ZIP BACK HERE REAL QUICK AND SHOW YOU. AGAIN, WE NOW HAVE THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER TWO WHICH IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY BECOME HURRICANE BARRY. YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT EARLIER, MY THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BECOME A HURRICANE AND INDEED THAT IS WHAT WE ARE EXPECTING OUT THERE. WINDS CURRENTLY AT 30, NOT IN DEPRESSION YET. IT SITS 170 EAST/SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, KIND OF GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHERE THAT IS. AGAIN, STAYING A DEPRESSION LATER THIS AFTERNOON, INTO TOMORROW MORNING. THEN DURING THE DAY TOMORROW BECOMING TROPICAL STORM BARRY, CONTINUING AS A TROPICAL STORM, BUT CONTINUING TO STRENGTHEN. NOW, THIS TRACK, AGAIN, AS FAR NORTH AS THE LOUISIANA COASTLINE, BUT IF IT STAYS OVER THE WARM WATERS WHICH ARE AROUND 89 DEGREES IT WILL BE QUICKLY STRENGTHENING INTO A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE BY SOME POINT BETWEEN FRIDAY MORNING AND SATURDAY MORNING AND WORKING ITS WAY INLAND OVER SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, HEADING NORTHWARD TOWARDS SHREVEPORT AND BEYOND, POSSIBLY CLOSE TO BECOMING A CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE. AT THIS POINT LANDFALL WEST OF US, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE IN THE CLEAR. WE STILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH SOME VERY, VERY HEAVY RAIN WITH THIS SYSTEM. >>DAVE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BACK TO THE STORM SYSTEM WE’VE SEEN TODAY. POLICE HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A TORNADO DID NOT TOUCH DOWN ON CAMPUS. THERE IS NO DAMAGE THERE. I THINK WHAT HAPPENED WAS THEY SAW THE WATER SPOUTS AND DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU ON CAMPUS, YOU PROBABLY THINK IT’S ON LAND, BUT I THINK IT WAS PROBABLY STILL ON WATER. >>SURE. IF YOU WERE IN THE DORMS OR ON THE BACK OF CAMPUS, OF COURSE THIS IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAKE. >>HARD TO TELL. >>SO THOSE PICTURES AND IMAGES ARE ON THE LAKE RIGHT NEAR THE CAMPUS. AGAIN, THAT TORNADO DID NOT TOUCH DOWN ON CAMPUS >>FORTUNATELY NO DAMAGE. >>>WE’VE BEEN WATCHING FLOODING ALL ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING. WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH MEGAN. SHE’S IN A TON OF WATER THERE AS WELL, MEGAN. >>REPORTER: HEY, GOOD MORNING. YEAH, IT’S DEFINITELY BEEN A WET MORNING TODAY, AND HERE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER WE’VE BEEN SEEING A LOT OF FLOODING EVER SINCE THE RAIN REALLY STARTED COMING DOWN HEAVY AT AROUND 6:30. SO IT’S BEEN RAINING FOR HOURS. RIGHT NOW AS YOU CAN TELL, IT’S DRIZZLING A LITTLE BIT. BUT THE WATER IS STARTING TO RECEDE A BIT HERE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. WE KNOW THAT ALL AROUND OUR AREA METARIE, OTHER PARTS OF JEFFERSON PARISH, UPTOWN, PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS FLOODING FROM THESE HEAVY STORMS THAT WE’VE SEEN. AND WE KNOW THAT THIS ISN’T EVEN INVEST 92. THIS IS JUST A STORM THAT CAME AND WE’RE JUST SEEING ALL OF THIS RAIN. WE KNOW THAT EARLIER TODAY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER HERE IN NEW ORLEANS WAS AT AROUND 16 FEET. IT’S NOW AT 16.09 FEET, SO YOU CAN JUST TELL JUST THAT HOUR OF SOME STRONG STORMS CAUSED THE RIVER TO COME UP A BIT, SOME INCHES SINCE THIS MORNING. NOW, I DO WANT TO SPEAK WITH WAYNE WILKINSON. HE’S BEEN OWNING THIS BUSINESS HERE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER YOU SAID 16 YEARS NOW? >>I’VE BEEN HERE 19 YEARS. I WORK HERE, I’M NOT AN OWNER. I WORK HERE. >>REPORTER: AND YOU TOLD ME YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT THIS BAD IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. >>NO. IN THE 35 YEARS I’VE LIVED IN THE FRENCH QUARTER, I’VE NEVER SEEN IT LIKE THIS. EARLIER THIS MORNING IT WAS ABOUT THREE OR FOUR FEET HIGH, AND IT’S SUBSIDED QUITE A BIT. HOPEFULLY THE PUMPS ARE WORKING. BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS, ESPECIALLY ON THIS SIDE OF THE FRENCH QUARTER. YOU’VE SEEN WORSE ON THAT SIDE, BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN IT LIKE THIS BEFORE. >>REPORTER: AND YOU PARKED YOUR CAR IN THE NEUTRAL GROUND, BUT THE WATER WAS REALLY HIGH. >>YEAH. IT WAS UP TO ABOUT THREE FEET OUT HERE IN THE STREET, SO I PULLED IT UP OVER ON THE NEUTRAL GROUND AND IT’S BEEN OKAY RIGHT THERE, YOU KNOW, AND SO I’M JUST HOPING IT DOESN’T START RAINING AGAIN. >>REPORTER: AND A LITTLE EARLIER I SAW YOU HELPING OUT SOMEONE OUT. WERE YOU TRYING TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR CAR? >>YES. IT WAS ANOTHER LADY THAT WORKS WITH US. HER CAR HAD BEEN PRETTY MUCH FLOODED, YOU KNOW, BUT SHE GOT INTO IT, WAS ABLE TO DRIVE IT OVER TO A SAFE AREA. BUT IT’S REALLY PRETTY BAD. I’M JUST HOPING IT’S NOT REAL BAD ALL OVER THE CITY. BUT I SUSPECT IT IS. >>REPORTER: AND HAVE YOU SEEN ANY FLOODING IN YOUR BUILDING? >>NO, NO FLOODING INSIDE THE BUILDING WHICH IS GOOD. GRATEFUL FOR THAT. >>REPORTER: WELL, THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US, WAYNE. APPRECIATE IT. WE’RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE FLOODING THAT WE’RE SEEING HERE ON THIS STREET. AND I THINK A LITTLE BIT EARLIER — AS YOU SEE THAT DIP, BROUGHT ME A LITTLE DEEP INTO THE WATER, BUT AS YOU CAN TELL, THERE’S CARS PARKED ON THE NEUTRAL GROUND. THOSE PARKING RESTRICTIONS ARE OFF LIMITS NOW. PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO PARK ON THE SIDEWALKS ON THE NEUTRAL GROUND BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10:45 THIS MORNING. I DO WANT TO TELL YOU JUST TO BE SAFE OUT THERE. AND IF YOU SEE A FLOODED AREA, DON’T DRIVE THROUGH IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SPEEDING THROUGH AND THAT ALSO PUSHES WATER INTO OTHER BUILDINGS. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND. REPORTING LIVE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER, MEGHAN KEE EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>MEGHAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE JUST SAW HER WALKING THROUGH THE STREET TO SHOW US AND KIND OF STEP DOWN. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW DEEP IT IS AND WHAT’S OUT THERE. SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL. NO DRIVING OUT THERE, PLEASE DON’T WALK AROUND EITHER IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO. >>YEAH, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB ALL MORNING SENDING US IN YOUR PICTURES AND VIDEOS FROM ALL ACROSS THE AREA SO WE CAN GET A BETTER IDEA OF THIS FLOODING. WE’RE GOING TO GET MORE PICTURES IN JUST A SECOND. FIRST WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH APRIL. SHE IS WATCHING THE ROADS. IT IS AN ABSOLUTE MESS AND MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY HAVE CLOSED OFF SO MANY RAMPS FROM THE INTERSTATE FROM FLOODING, RIGHT, APRIL? >>REPORTER: YEAH, LADIES. IT IS AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE OUT THERE. THE GREAT NEWS IS THE INTERSTATE IS NOT EXPERIENCING ANY MAJOR ACCIDENTS OR STALLS. THAT ACTUALLY IS WONDERFUL KNOWING THAT SO MANY CARS ARE ON THE ROAD AND THE TRAFFIC IS EXTREMELY HEAVY. REGION WIDE YOU’RE GOOD TO GO. TRAVELING IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS OR THE METRO AREA, PLEASE, IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE, STAY AT WORK OR AT HOME. THIS IS A SHOT OF I-TEN AT ORLEANS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. YOU CAN SEE HERE ON THAT SURFACE STREET IT IS FLOODED, BUT ALONG THE INTERSTATE, IT’S JUST VERY SLICK. SLICK ROADS THIS MORNING AND CONGESTION IS VERY HEAVY IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA NOT SEEING ANY ON OR OFF RAMPS THAT ARE CLOSED. THERE WAS AN EARLIER ACCIDENT THAT INVOLVED A RIGHT LANE BEING BLOCKED. THAT’S PART OF THE REASON WHY WE’RE SEEING THIS HEAVY CONGESTION IN THIS AREA. AGAIN, NO MAJOR ACCIDENTS ON THE ROADS RIGHT NOW. IT’S HONESTLY A LOT OF SURFACE STREET FLOODING. LET’S GO AHEAD AND PULL UP THE MAPS SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING. STARTING WITH THE CAUSEWAY BRIDGE IF YOU PLAN ON TRAVELING THERE, THERE IS A WEATHER RESTRICTION. NO MOTORCYCLES, TRUCKS CARRYING GLASS, AS WELL AS RVs ARE ALLOWED SOUTH AND NORTHBOUND. SO BOTH SIDES OF THE CAUSEWAY BRIDGE IN BOTH LANES, PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. IF YOU USUALLY ARE TAKING ANY OF THESE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION, PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER. BUT NOT SEEING ANY MAJOR ISSUES THERE. OF COURSE CONGESTION, WE’RE DEFINITELY GOING TO SEE THAT DUE TO THE WEATHER, BUT AS FAR AS ACCIDENTS OR BREAKDOWNS, YOU’RE GOOD TO GO. REGION WIDE THINGS LOOK AMAZING THIS MORNING. YOU CAN SEE NO DELAYS AT ALL. ALL GREEN ON THE MAP, INDICATING A GREAT FLOW OF TRAFFIC. I MENTIONED WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE CAUSEWAY BRIDGE WITH THAT WEATHER RESTRICTION. NO MOTORCYCLES, TRUCKS CARRYING GLASS OR RVs ARE ALLOWED. THE METRO AREA, GUYS, LOOKS LIKE A COLORING BOOK THIS MORNING. I MEAN, LOOK AT THESE HEAVY DELAYS. RED IS INDICATING HEAVY CONGESTION AND IT’S BASICALLY IN THE COMPLETE DOWNTOWN AREA OF COURSE, AND EVEN TRAVELING FROM NEW ORLEANS EAST, SO I’LL START THERE. COMING IN FROM THE SLIDELL, NEW ORLEANS EAST AREA, DELAYS ACTUALLY LOOK PRETTY GOOD APPROACHING THE UPSLOPE OF THE HIGH RISE. YOU’LL SEE SOME CONGESTION STARTING ROUGHLY RIGHT AT THE REED EXIT. THAT IS CONSISTENT UNTIL YOU GET DOWNTOWN. AND IF YOU’RE CHOOSING TO HOP ON 610, IT DOESN’T MATTER, YOU’RE GOING TO STILL EXPERIENCE THAT HEAVY DELAY. SO, AGAIN, GIVE YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GET ON THE ROADS. BUT IF YOU CAN, STAY WHERE YOU ARE. THAT OBVIOUSLY IS PREFERRED. LEADING FROM LA PLAS, KENNER AND METARIE, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE AN ISSUE AT ALL ON THE INTERSTATE UNTIL YOU REACH RIGHT AFTER CAUSEWAY. SO THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE THAT CONGESTION, AND IT IS SOLID UNTIL YOU GET DOWNTOWN. I WOULD SAY ROUGHLY ABOUT A MILE AFTER CAUSEWAY APPROACHING INTO THE BOMBABLE AREA, CROSSING FROM JEFFERSON INTO ORLEANS, HEADED TOWARDS DOWNTOWN, THAT IS WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE A MAJORITY OF THAT CON, AND OF COURSE THAT LASTS CONSISTENTLY UNTIL YOU REACH DOWNTOWN TO THE 1090 SPLIT. YOU SAW THAT SHOT OF ORLEAN, JUST A MESS ON THE INTERSTATES FOR SURE. AIRLINES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FROM THE MERGE STOPPING NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND UNTIL YOU GET TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA IS ONE SOLID LINE OF CONGESTION WITH A MAJORITY OF THOSE DELAYS STARTING ROUGHLY AROUND CLEARVIEW AND THAT’S CONSISTENT UNTIL YOU REACH ORLEANS PARISH. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND IF YOU ARE TRAVEL OGIN’ THE WEST BANK THIS MORNING, TO OR FROM. GREAT AS FAR AS ACCIDENTS OR STALLS. NOT SEEING ANY OF THAT WHICH IS WONDERFUL NEWS, EVEN THOUGH LOTS OF CARS ARE TRAVELING ON THE ROAD. BUT APPROACHING THE CREST CITY CONNECTION BRIDGE IS GOING TO BE HEAVY FOR YOU THIS MORNING. THERE’S NO WAY TO GET AROUND IT. I WOULD HIGHLY SUGGEST NOT TRAVELING ON SURFACE STREETS IN THE WEST BANK, PARTICULARLY IN ALGIERS SINCE THAT AREA IS A LITTLE BIT LOWER. WE TYPICALLY SEE LOTS OF FLOODING CLOSER TO THE CCC AND THIS MORNING I GUARANTEE THAT IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME. WE’RE ROUGHLY SEEING DELAYS BUILD UP RIGHT AROUND TERRY PARKWAY. THAT’S CONSISTENT HONESTLY UNTIL YOU REACH THE DOWNTOWN AREA. IF YOU’RE TRAVELING ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90 OR YOU CONTINUE AND HOP ON I-10, AND TRAVEL TOWARDS EITHER NEW ORLEANS EAST, METARIE OR KENNER, YOU’RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE THOSE HEAVY DELAYS. HUEY P. LONG LOOKS GOOD. WE ACTUALLY DON’T HAVE MUCH CONGESTION THERE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE TRAVELING INTO ORLEANS — EXCUSE ME, JEFFERSON PARISH, BUT THE ELEVATED AND LOWER LEVELS OF THE EXPRESSWAY DO LOOK GREAT. DEFINITELY WET. SO GIVE YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME THERE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE SOME SLICK ROADS. A LOT OF DISCREPANCY ON WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE FERRIES THIS MORNING. WERE THEY CHECKED IN, WERE THEY NOT CHECKED IN, WERE THEY SUSPENDED? SO OFFICIALLY THE BELLE CHASSE AND POINT LA HASHE AREA ARE CHECKED IN FOR SERVICE, BUT THE CANAL ALGIERS AS WELL AS CHALMETTE FERRIES ARE OUT OF SERVICE AND THAT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. AND THAT IS DUE TO HIGH WATER LEVELS. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ON THE FERRIES AND YOU’RE USUALLY TAKING THE BELLE CHASSE OR POINT LA HASHE, GOOD TO GO. OF COURSE IF THAT CHANGES AND THEY DO SHUT DOWN SERVICE, I DEFINITELY WILL LET YOU GUYS KNOW. AS FAR AS TRAFFIC GOES, AGAIN, IT’S JUST DELAYS ACROSS THE METRO AREA AND A LOT OF FLOODING. MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE STAYING UP TO DATE WITH OUR APP AS WELL AS TUNING IN LIVE BECAUSE WE DEFINITELY WILL HAVE THOSE STREET CLOSURES AND UPDATES FOR YOU. AGAIN, IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUTSIDE TODAY THIS MORNING, RIGHT NOW WHILE WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF FLOODING AND HEAVY CONGESTION, PLEASE JUST STAY AT HOME OR AT WORK. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH, APRIL. WE KNOW THERE’S A TON OF STREET CLOSURES AND EXIT RAMPS THAT ARE CLOSED OUT THERE, SO THANKS FOR KEEPING US UPDATED ON THAT. >>WE DID WANT TO MENTION IF YOU WERE IN THE MORNING COMMUTE AND YOU GOT TRAPPED OUT THERE AND YOU ARE ABLE TO KIND OF GET AROUND, WE ALWAYS WANT TO SAY TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN, BUT IF YOU ARE THE MAYOR TWEETED OUT EARLIER TODAY THAT SHE WANTS EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT IF YOU GO OVER FIVE MILES PER HOUR ANYWHERE THERE’S WATER ON THE STREETS, YOU WILL BE TICKETED. SO BE COGNIZANT OF OTHER PEOPLE, BE RESPECTFUL, DRIVE SLOW, BECAUSE THAT WAKE, IT JUST PUSHES MORE WATER INTO PARKED CARS AND BUSINESSES AND INTO PEOPLE’S HOMES. >>AND WE’VE ALREADY SEEN WATER IN SEVERAL BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY WHERE ONE OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS IS AT BASIN STREET THIS MORNING. SO MAKE SURE IF YOU GO THROUGH THOSE AREAS, GO SLOW. THAT IS WHY THEY’RE ISSUING TICKETS. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE NO MORE DAMAGE GETS DONE. >>NOLA HAS A READY, TEXT YOUR ZIP CODE TO THIS NUMBER AND THAT’S VERY HELPFUL. I KNOW A LOT OF US HAVE iPHONES, SO WE DO GET THE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS, BUT THE NOAA RED ALERTS ARE HELPFUL TOO. IF YOU’RE AT HOME, STAY AT HOME. >>YEAH. AND IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA WHERE YOU CAN SAFELY SEND US PICTURES AND VIDEOS, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB WITH THAT, LET’S SHOW SOME MORE FROM AROUND THE AREA, GIVES US A BETTER IDEA OF HOW THINGS ARE LOOKING. THIS IS ERIC WHO’S OFF TODAY. HE TOOK A PICTURE AT CHARLES AND FERN STREET JUST SHOWING HOW MUCH WATER THERE IS IN UPTOWN. THIS IS WHAT’S UNBELIEVABLE. WE HAVE SEEN FLOODING TODAY AS WE’VE SEEN IN THE PAST TWO YEARS THAT PEOPLE SAY, OH, THIS AREA DOESN’T FLOOD. >>AND THEN THIS IS CANAL BOULEVARD AT THE RAILROAD TRACKS. >>THIS IS AN AREA THAT DOES FLOOD OFTEN. WE SEE THIS ALMOST EVERY TIME. AS USUAL IT LOOKS TO BE A CAR STRANDED UNDERNEATH IF YOU CAN SEE IN THAT UNDERPASS. HOPEFULLY WHOEVER WAS IN THAT VEHICLE GOT OUT SAFELY BECAUSE THAT CAR DOES SEEM TO BE TRAPPED IN THE WATER IN THE UNDERPASS. >>THIS IS DOWN OCTAVIA STREET AND BROADMORE. WOW! CARS ABANDONED IN THE STREET, UP TO MY THIGHS, THIS IS NICK WHO SENT IT IN IN SOME PLACES. WE’RE TOLD THAT’S AN AREA, AS YOU MENTIONED, DOESN’T REALLY FLOOD. >>TYPICALLY OCTAVIA STREET DOESN’T GET A LOT OF WATER. THIS IS SOMEONE SAYING THAT THEIR BACK YARD LOOKS LIKE A PARKING LOT, LOOKS LIKE A TIDAL SURGE THIS MORNING. WOW! THERE ARE SO MANY AREAS, GUYS, EVEN INCLUDED ON THE I-10 THAT PEOPLE REALLY JUST CAN’T MOVE ANYMORE. SO EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO TRY TO QUICKLY GET SOMEWHERE, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET THERE AS APRIL WAS TELLING US. >>THE CARS DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO GO. >>SURE. >>TREATS ARE FLOODING NEAR THE HOSPITAL OFF ST. CHARLES AVENUE. WE APPRECIATE YOU GUYS HAVING A PASSENGER IN THE CAR TAKING VIDEOS AND SENDING US THINGS LIKE THIS SO WE CAN GET AN IDEA WHERE THIS FLOODING IS HAPPENING EXACTLY. >>I THOUGHT THAT WAS INSIDE A BUSINESS AT FIRST. BUT BANKS IN CARROLLTON. OH, LOOK AT THAT, THE BLUE CAR WITH WATER OVER THE WHEEL WELLS UP TO THE LIGHTS. >>THIS IS ANOTHER FORMER COLLEAGUE CAR PARKED UNDER THE COVERED PARKING SO I WOULDN’T GET WET, MOVED MY CAR JUST IN TIME. >>YOU OFTEN THINK IF YOU PARK IN THESE PARKING GARAGES YOU ARE SAFE. WE’VE SEEN WATER IN SEVERAL PARKING GARAGES THIS MORNING. SO BE CAREFUL IF YOU THINK THAT YOUR CAR IS SAFE BECAUSE YOU PUT IT IN ONE OF THE GARAGES. >>AND THIS IS ANOTHER — THIS IS OUR COLLEAGUE SPORTS REPORTER AND ANCHOR RICARDO. SOME SERIOUS STREET FLOODING NOW IN CENTRAL CITY. AND HE WARNS TOO, IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ON THE ROADS, STAY OFF OF THEM. >>WE’RE SEEING IN SEVERAL IMAGES THERE GARBAGE CANS EVERYWHERE. >>YES. THERE’S DESIRE STREET. THIS IS TOM. STREET FLOODING IN THE BAY WATER. >>THESE ARE A LOT OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHO BE WAKING UP AND COMING INTO WORK AS YOU WOULD AT THIS TIME AND THEY’RE HAVING TROUBLE TO GET TO THE STATION IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. >>WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING >>THIS IS OFF ORIOLE STREET EARLIER THIS MORNING. >>IN IS NAPOLEON, THAT PARKING GARAGE SHE IS SHOWING US. LOOK AT THIS. LOOK HOW HIGH THE WATER IS. NOW, THOSE TRUCKS SEEM TO BE FINE. BUT IF YOU HAVE A LOWER CAR, YOU MAY HAVE TAKEN ON SOME WATER EVEN IN THE PARKING GARAGE. >>THIS CAR IS TRYING TO GET OUT OF IT. TRY TO GO UP A COME LEVELS. REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY SOMETHING TO SEND IN, SHARE THE HASHTAG BEON4. >>IF YOU DRIVE OVER FIVE MILES PER HOUR ON THESE FLOODED STREET, YOU WILL GET A TICKET. THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY REPORTS YET IN JEFFERSON PARISH OF WATER INSIDE HOMES AND BUSINESSES LIKE WE’VE SEEN IN ORLEANS PARISH. SO IF THAT IS THE CASE, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL OR TWEET US. >>AND FINGERS CROSSED THAT THEY DON’T HAVE THAT. >>YEAH. WE HOPE THAT STAYS QUIET. HE SAID ALL OF THEIR DRAINS WERE UP AND WORKING AT JEFFERSON PARISH. THERE WAS ONE THAT WAS DOWN AND IT WAS FOR ROUTINE WORK. >>ROUTINE MAINTENANCE. AND HE MADE IT SEEM LIKE THAT WOULD BE UP BEFORE OF COURSE INVEST 92 THAT WE’RE WAITING TO COME THROUGH. SO IT’S JUST SO CRAZY THAT TODAY WE’RE HAVING THIS BEFORE THAT SYSTEM EVEN COMES TO US. >>YEAH. TODAY WAS THE DAY THAT LOCAL AREA OFFICIALS WERE PREPARING FOR WHAT WE MIGHT SEE THIS WEEKEND. WE ACTUALLY WEREN’T ABLE TO AIR US THAT GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS HAD. AT THE TIME WE WERE WATCHING A TORNADO WARNING. WE SAW A WATER SPOUT EARLY THIS MORNING AT GENTILLY. WE HAVE SINCE GOTTEN WORTH FROM UNO POLICE THAT DID NOT TOUCH DOWN ON CAMPUS. IT WAS VERY CLOSE. IF YOU WERE IN GENTILLY — >>IT WAS ON LAND. >>YEAH. YOU SAW IT AND THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHERE IT WAS GOING TO GO. >>THEY SAID NO DAMAGE. UNO POLICE. >>WE ACTUALLY SAW STREET CARS AND BUSES THAT HAVE BEEN AT A STANDSTILL ALL MORNING LONG. >>THE RTA HAS SUSPENDED — AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THEY’VE SUSPENDED SERVICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. >>WE WANT YOU GUYS TO PLEASE KEEP SENDING IN YOUR PICTURES AND VIDEOS SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE PUMPS. WE SPOKE WITH THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD YESTERDAY IN PREPARATION FOR THE WEEKEND STORM. ALL THE PUMPS ARE WORKING. >>YEAH. THEY EVEN SENT OUT ANOTHER E- MAIL SAYING, YES, 118 OF THE 120 PUMPS ARE WORKING. AND THIS IS VIDEOS FROM HARRAHAN THIS MORNING OF STREET FLOODING. >>AGAIN, SCWRBLGHT LOOKING MUCH BETTER THAN ORLEANS PARISH THIS MORNING. >>YES. >>BUT PLEASE KEEP SENDING IN THOSE PICTURES AND VIDEOS AND LET US KNOW IF YOU DO EXPERIENCE ANY FLOODING OUT THERE IN JEFFERSON PARISH. >>WE’RE ONLY EXPECTING MORE RAIN OVER THE NEXT COME DAYS. >>YEAH. THAT’S THE UNFORTUNATE PART. THIS IS KIND OF THE BEGINNING OF IT FOR US. >>AND, SEE, THESE TRUCKS ARE GOING A LITTLE FAST. ONCE AGAIN, TRY TO GO UNDER FIVE MILES IF YOU HAVE TO BE OUT THERE ON THE STREETS. >>YEAH. YOU DON’T WANT TO PUSH ANY MORE WATERS INTO THE AREAS YOU WANT IT TO BE, WHETHER THAT’S INTO SOMEONE’S CAR, HOME OR BUSINESS. LET’S CHECK BACK IN WITH DAVE AND SEE HOW THINGS ARE DOING, DAVE. I KNOW IN SOME AREAS WE CHECKED IN WITH MEGHAN AT ESPLANADE. IT WAS STILL RAINING BUT IT SEEMS THE RAIN HAS SLACKED UP A BIT. IS THAT THE CASE FOR MOST OF THE CITY? >>IT HAS. THAT IS GOOD NEWS. LOVE TO HEAR THAT. FIRST WANT TO START OFF WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BREAKING NEWS. NOW THAT IT’S 10:00, THIS IS OFFICIALLY IN EFFECT HERE. STILL TRYING TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THIS. BUT WE DO HAVE A POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE 2 NOW DEVELOPED, THIS IS WHAT THEY’RE CALLING THIS. WE HAVE A LARGE CIRCULATION. THIS IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION, STORM AND, YES, EVEN A HURRICANE. LIKELY A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY, AND THEN EVENTUALLY OVERNIGHT STILL A TROPICAL DEPRESSION GETTING BETTER ORGANIZED INTO A TROPICAL STORM AND YOU’LL SEE HERE THESE ARE TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS NOW FESKT FOR ARE OUR COASTAL AREAS HERE. MORE ON THAT COMING UP IN A BIT. RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, TROPICAL STORM BARRY AS OF, SAY, 7:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, GETTING STRONGER THROUGHOUT THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY, LIKELY A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE WITH WINDS OF 85 MILES PER HOUR HEADING INTO SATURDAY MORNING. THEN A LANDFALL SATURDAY NIGHT AT SOME POINT HERE. THIS IS 12:30 IN THE MORNING WHERE I STOPPED IT NEAR THE LAKE CHARLES AREA AS A BORDERLINE CATEGORY 1, CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE HEADING UP TOWARDS SHREVEPORT AND BEYOND THERE. NOTICE YOU CAN’T FOLLOW THE CENTER TRACK WITH THIS. IT DOES STRETCH TO NEW ORLEANS ON ONE SIDE AND ALL THE WAY TO HOUSTON ON THE OTHER. SO THERE’S STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH THE MODELS. AGAIN, WE DO EVEN HAVE A — WE DON’T EVEN HAVE A TRUE TROPICAL SYSTEM DEVELOPED YET. THIS IS WHAT’S COMING, FOLKS. WE ARE GOING TO BE EAST OF THE CENTER OF LANDFALL. THAT’S GOOD IT’S NOT MOVING OVER TOP OF US. BUT THAT PUTS US ON THE WET SIDE OR THE DIRTY SIDE OF THE STORM. AND THAT MEANS WE’RE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH SOME VERY HEAVY RAIN ON TOP OF EVERYTHING WE GOT TODAY. THIS IS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE GETTING ESPECIALLY FRIDAY, SATURDAY INTO THE SUNDAY TIME FRAME. AS YOU SEE THE STORM THERE OFF TO OUR WEST. IF IT DOES TAKE MORE OF A WESTWARD TRACK, THAT MEANS OUR RAIN TOTALS ARE LOWER. IF IT TAKES MORE OF AN EASTERLY TRACK HERE ON THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE CONE, THAT WOULD MEAN WE HAVE HIGHER RAIN TOTALS ACROSS THE AREA. SO DEFINITELY GOING TO BE CONTINUING TO WATCH THIS HERE FOR YOU AS WE GO FORWARD. LET ME STEP OUT JUST A LITTLE BIT AND SHOW YOU THAT, AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE EXPECTING TO COME ON IN. IT IS HURRICANE SEASON. SOME HAVE BEEN ASKING WHEN IS THE LAST TIME WE HAD A SYSTEM COME OFF OF LAND, GO INTO THE GULF, BECOME A HURRICANE AND THEN GO BACK INLAND? WELL, THIS DOES HAPPEN MORE OFTEN THAN YOU THINK IT DOES. A LOT OF TIMES WE GET COLD FRONTS WORK THEIR WAY ON IN AND AS THEE FRONTS WORK THEIR WAY INTO THE GULF, TENDS TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL SYSTEM. SO WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE ARE ACTUALLY ABLE TO SEE THIS SYSTEM TRY TO DEVELOP, MAYBE NOT NECESSARILY INTO A HURRICANE RIGHT AWAY, BUT IT COULD DEVELOP INTO SOMETHING. SO THIS DOES HAPPEN. WE’VE SEEN IT A COME TIMES, BEEN FORECASTING TROPICAL SYSTEMS DOWN HERE SINCE 2003, A NUMBER OF TIMES WE’VE SEEN A HANDFUL OF TIMES, I SHOULD SAY, WE’VE SEEN THIS KIND OF WORKING THEIR WAY INTO LAND, LOW COMES DOWN, A FRONT COMES IN THIS TIME OF YEAR. ALSO AGAIN LATE SEASON TOO, WE COULD SEE THIS ACROSS SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER TIME FRAME AS THE TAIL END OF THE FRONT COMING IN, AND THAT COULD HELP TO SPAWN OFF A POTENTIAL SYSTEM. SO WE DO HAVE A COME THINGS WE WANT TO GO OVER. AND I GET THESE GRAPHICS WORKING FOR YOU IN A LITTLE BIT. FIRST OFF, WE DO HAVE RIGHT NOW A STORM SURGE WATCH, A STORM SURGE WATCH IN EFFECT FOR THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER ALL THE WAY TO MORGAN CITY, LOUISIANA. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ALL THE WAY TO MORGAN CITY, LOUISIANA. SO THOSE ARE WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. THAT STORM SURGE WATCH FOR THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER TO MORGAN CITY AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO MORGAN CITY. BASICALLY WHEN A STORM SURGE WATCH IS ISSUED, THAT MEANS THERE’S A POSSIBILITY OF LIFE- THREATENING INUNDATION OF WATER MOVING INLAND FROM THE COASTLINE, AND OF COURSE A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE WITHIN 48 HOURS. SO WE DO NEED TO BE AWARE OF ALL THIS. IT IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AGAIN TOMORROW, TROPICAL STORM THURSDAY NIGHT, AND INTO A HURRICANE BY FRIDAY. SO AS WE GO FORWARD HERE, THAT’S KIND OF WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. I’LL WORK ON MORE SPECIFIC CLOSER-IN DWRASKS FOR YOU AS WE GO ON INTO A LITTLE BIT LATER ON THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE MORNING HOURS HERE. BUT NONETHELESS, THOUGH, WE’RE STILL LOOKING AT THIS IS WHAT IS COMING AND HEADING OUR WAY HERE, MOVING FORWARD ON INTO THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. SO, AGAIN, POTENTIAL LANDFALL THERE SATURDAY NIGHT OVER SOUTHWESTERN PART OF LOUISIANA. NOW, TODAY’S RAIN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. 5.42 THERE AT THE WORLD WAR II MUSEUM, SACRED HEART SCHOOL 4.12. ST. CHRISTOPHER IN METARIE 3.42 INCHES. ALL OF THIS HAS LED TO WIDESPREAD STREET FLOODING. FORTUNATELY THINGS ARE IMPROVING FOR US, BUT STILL KIND OF ROUGH ACROSS THOSE AREAS TO THE WEST. YOU CAN SEE HERE RIGHT NOW METRO AREA THE RAIN IS ENDING, NEW ORLEANS, METARIE, KENNER, WAGGAMAN AREA, SPREADING TOWARDS NORTH HILL AND HEADING FROM ST. CHARLES PARISH ON INTO LA PLAS. HEAVY RAIN FALLING NORCO AS WELL. GOOD THING FOR YOU GUYS THIS STORM DECIDED TO START MOVING. FIRST IT WAS — VERSUS SITTING OVER TOP OF US FOR TWO HOURS GIVING US FLASH FLOODING ISSUES OUT THERE. THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR YOU ALL. WE DO HAVE A FLASH FLOODING WARNING IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON PARISH. IT IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY BECAUSE WE HAVE FLOODING GOING ON UNTIL 11:45 AND ORLEANS PARISH UNTIL 10:45. SO ANOTHER ROUGHLY 30 MINUTES ON THAT ONE. METARIE THINGS ARE LOOKING BETTER FOR YOU. THE RAIN IS COMING TO AN END, THE WATER STARTS DRAINING WITH THOSE PUMPS WHICH IS GOOD NEWS TOO. AND ALSO IN THE METRO AREA A LITTLE MORE RAIN COMING TOWARDS CHALMETTE, BUT NOTHING TOO SIGNIFICANT. NOTICE THE LIGHTNING STRIKE COUNT DOWN TO 10. THAT’S A LOT BETTER THAN THE 450 WE HAD EARLIER. THEN THE RAIN CONTINUES TO KIND OF WORK ITS WAY DOWN TOWARDS THIBODAUX, SEEING THAT RAIN COMING IN. HEAVY RAIN IN LAROSE. DOWN TO THE COAST YOU ARE DEALING WITH SOME PRETTY GOOD DOWNPOURS COMING IN YOUR WAY AS WELL. EXPANDING OUT THE VIEW A LITTLE BIT. THIS IS PART OF OUR SYSTEM. THE LOW TRYING TO DEVELOP HERE KIND OF SOUTH OF PANAMA CITY, ACTUALLY, KIND OF MORE SOUTH OF DESTIN, FLORIDA RIGHT NOW. THAT’S WHERE WE’RE WATCHING FOR OUR POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE OR DEPRESSION TO FORM. THE LOW NORTH OF IS WHAT’S GIVING US THE RAIN NOW. THERE IS A RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER TODAY. IT’S NOT POPPING UP. THERE IT IS. LEVEL 1 MARGINAL RISK SO WE COULD STILL SEE MORE STORMS PRODUCING TORNADOES AS THE DAY GOES ON. DO BE AWARE THAT COULD BE A POSSIBILITY. SO THERE IS NO LONGER INVEST 92, IT IS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER 2 AND THIS IS WHAT WE’RE INVESTIGATING, THIS DISTURBANCE, AND THAT’S, AGAIN, WHAT WE’RE WATCHING OUT THERE MOVING FORWARD. WE’LL HAVE MORE UPDATES ON THAT, I’LL GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE STORM SURGE WATCH THAT’S CURRENTLY IN EFFECT FOR US AND THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH AS WELL. LADIES. >>DAVE, THANK YOU. NO END IN SIGHT. WE WANTED TO MENTION CRESSENT CARE HEALTH FACILITY IS CLOSED, AND THE REASON WE ARE MENTIONING THAT, IF YOU DO HAVE A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT, MAKE SURE YOU CALL THE OFFICE BEFORE YOU GET OUT IN THIS BECAUSE CHANCES ARE YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE COULD BE CLOSED. >>THERE’S SO MANY STREET CLOSURES AND FLOOD FLOODING NOW, IT’S DIFFICULT TO GET AROUND. JASON WILLIAMS WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO MAKE IT TO THE STUDIO FOR THE INTERVIEW. JASON, WE UNDERSTAND THAT WAS TOO DIFFICULT FOR US. THANKS FOR JOINING US BY PHONE THIS MORNING. WHAT DID YOU EXPERIENCE TRYING TO GET HERE? >>THE STREETS ARE AWFUL. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY TO ANYONE WHO IS NOT OUT YET, STAY HOME. IF YOU ARE NOT IN A VERY HIGH SUV, YOUR CAR WILL GET STALLED. IF YOU ARE IN A VERY HIGH SUV, YOU WILL PUSH WATER INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S CAR AND POSSIBLY CAUSE DAMAGE TO IT. THERE IS NO REASON TO BE OUT HERE. IF YOU HAVE COMMITMENTS THAT YOU THINK YOU NEED TO MAKE OR SOMETHING’S NOT REPORTED AS CLOSED, DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES AFTER THIS BAD WEATHER EVENT. IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET AROUND, AND ALL YOU’RE GOING TO DO IS CAUSE A HAZARD FOR YOURSELF AND FOR SOMEONE ELSE. >>CITY HALL IS EVEN CLOSED TODAY. >>IT IS. IT IS. I MEAN, FRANKLY AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE’S NO REASON TO KEEP SOMETHING OPEN IF PEOPLE CAN’T GET THERE. AND IT IS A PUBLIC — IT IS A PUBLIC DANGER TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET OUT IN STREETS THAT ARE FLOODED. >>AND, JASON, I THINK WHAT’S CRAZY FOR EVERYONE IS THAT TODAY WAS THE DAY LOCAL OFFICIALS WERE PREPARING FOR WHAT WE COULD POSSIBLY SEE FROM THIS TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE GULF THIS WEEKEND. PEOPLE WERE NOT EXPECTING TO WAKE UP THIS MORNING AND HAVE WATER IN THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND CARS. >>YEAH. I WASN’T EITHER. I MEAN, AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU WERE TALKING — THIS NOT A HURRICANE. THIS IS A COME HOURS OF HEAVY RAIN. IT’S NOT EVEN RAINING WHERE I AM NOW. BUT IT IS STILL FLOODED AND THE WATER IS NOT GOING DOWN. THERE IS NO CURRENT, THERE IS NOTHING SUGGESTING THAT IT’S RECEDING. SO THIS IS DEEPLY CONCERNING BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF OTHER WATER HEADED OUR WAY. AND IF THIS WATER IS NOT GOING DOWN, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS. >>YEAH. HOW DO YOU AND OTHER OFFICIALS KIND OF REGROUP FROM THIS AND GET READY FOR THE WEEKEND? >>WELL, FIRST AND FOREMOST WE NEED — I THINK WE NEED PEOPLE TO STAY PUT. WE DON’T NEED PEOPLE OUT IN IT BECAUSE ALL THAT’S GOING TO DO IS ADD BIG HUNKS OF METAL THAT CAN’T BE MOVED IN THE ROADWAYS, IT’S JUST GOING TO STOP OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR ENTERGY TRUCKS FROM GETTING TO PLACES THEY NEED TO GET TO TRY TO MAKE REPAIRS AND TO TRY TO HELP PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE IN AN EMERGENCY. IT’S GOTTA BE SCARY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE BAD WEATHER EVENT. >>YEAH. AND, YOU KNOW, WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSES FROM PEOPLE TO THIS, JUST KIND OF SURPRISED THAT THIS IS HAPPENING. OF COURSE THEY’RE WONDERING ABOUT THE PUMPS THIS MORNING. WE HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNICATION WITH SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD. THEY’RE TELLING US ONLY TWO OUT OF 120 PUMPS ARE NOT WORKING. HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN COMMUNICATING WITH THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD THIS MORNING? >>WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET SOLID ANSWERS FROM SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD. I GOT THE SAME INFORMATION YOU GOT. TO ME THAT IS AN UNOFFICIAL REPORT. I’VE BEEN TOLD BEFORE THAT PUMPS WERE WORKING AND THEY WEREN’T. I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT. I’M NOT WILLING TO STAND BEHIND THAT. RIGHT NOW I CAN TELL YOU THAT PARTS OF UPTOWN ARE FLOODING THAT I HAVEN’T SEEN FLOOD IN MY 46 YEARS. SO I’M TALKING ABOUT THE AREAS BETWEEN SUPERIOR GRILL AND IBERIA BACK ON ST. CHARLES, THE SIDEWALK IS COVERED, IT LOOKS LIKE A RIVER. THERE ARE FIRE HYDRANTS THAT YOU CAN ONLY SEE THE TOPS OF. NOW, THESE AREAS THAT HAVE NEVER FLOODED BEFORE, I KNOW THE LOW-LYING AREAS ARE FLOODING, I MEAN, AND WE EXPECT THAT TO HAPPEN. WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE TRYING TO CORRECT THAT, BUT NOW WE HAVE AREAS THAT HAVE NEVER FLOODED BEFORE THAT ARE FLOODING. SO I’M GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. I’M GOING TO WANT TO KNOW FOR A FACT EVERY SINGLE PUMP THAT WAS WORKING, NOT WORKING, WHEN IT WAS TURNED ON. I WILL TRUST, BUT I WILL ALSO VERIFY. >>THAT MAKES SENSE. ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TIME TO GET THOSE QUESTIONS ANSWERED BEFORE THE TROPICAL STORM SYSTEM THAT WE’RE EXPECTING TO HIT US THIS WEEKEND, OR IS THAT SOMETHING WHERE WE’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO KIND OF GO THROUGH THAT? >>I DON’T KNOW. >>YOU MADE A GREAT POINT, THOUGH, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TELLING US THIS MORNING THE AREAS THAT THEY ARE SEEING FLOOD OR WHERE THEY LIVE HAVE NOT EVEN SEEN FLOOD, EVEN IN HURRICANE KATRINA. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS, HOW DO PEOPLE FEEL REASSURED LIVING IN NEW ORLEANS? >>YOU KNOW, AT THE END OF THE DAY WE KNOW THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE, AND WE HAVE TO WORK TO RECTIFY THAT PROBLEM. IT SHOULD NOT GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. AREAS THAT HAVE NOT FLOODED IN DECADES SHOULD NOT BEGIN TO FLOOD NOW, AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS FOR THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD, AND DPW JUST SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS HAPPENING. THERE MAY BE A RATIONAL, REASONABLE ANSWER BUT AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, I CAN’T THINK OF IT. >>WE UNDERSTAND. JASON WILLIAMS, COUNCIL MEMBER AT LARGE, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING AND TOUCHING BASE. PLEASE STAY SAFE OUT THERE AND CALL US BACK IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE DEVELOPMENTS. >>AND PLEASE JUST KEEP TELLING PEOPLE WHO ARE LISTENING IF YOU ARE HOME, IF YOU’RE SAFE AT HOME AND YOUR CAR IS ON DRY GROUND, DO NOT GET OUT IN THIS. >>THAT’S A GREAT POINT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>IT’S JUST NOT SAFE AND IT’S NOT SAFE FOR EVERYBODY ELSE AS WELL. >>WE NEED TO CHECK IN WITH TRAFFIC NOW. WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF RAMP CLOSURES THIS MORNING, STREET CLOSURES AS WELL. SO LET’S GET THE LATEST UPDATE ON THAT. APRIL, WHAT DO WE HAVE NOW? >>REPORTER: I’M GOING TO STAY OFF CAM, GUYS BECAUSE THIS IS A LOT. I’M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND READ EVERYTHING, AT LEAST FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF SECONDS FOR YOU. WE GOT A LOT OF OFF RAMPS AND ON RAMPS THAT ARE CLOSED. SO BEAR WITH ME WHILE I GO THROUGH THOSE. THIS IS A LIVE SHOT I-10 AT CAUSEWAY. JEFFERSON PARISH LOOKS GOOD AS FAR AS CONGESTION. HOWEVER, OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN SEE THAT IT IS STILL RAINING PRETTY HEAVILY AND DELAYS ARE CONSISTENT ONCE YOU REACH THE BOTHELL EXIT AND THAT’S CONSISTENT UNTIL YOU GET DOWNTOWN. AGAIN, SLICK ROADS FOR SURE. SO MAKE SURE YOU’RE TRAVELING SAFELY. THOSE OFF RAMPS THAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE EITHER ON OR OFF RAMPS CLOSURES, I-TEN EASTBOUND AT POISONNESE, I-610 BOTH EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND AT ALLEGIANT FIELDS. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE SOME CLOSURES AT THE OFF RAMP EAST AND WESTBOUND AT CHAPTEUSE, TRAVELING ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90 AS WELL AS THE SUPERDOME AT SOUTH CLAIBORNE EAST AND WESTBOUND, ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90 EASTBOUND AT CAMP, U.S. BUSINESS 90 EASTBOUND AT EHRHARDT BOULEVARD AND ALONG THE CREST CITY CORRECTION BRIDGE AT THE SUPERDOME SOUTH CLAIBORNE AVENUE EXIT, WE ARE JUST GETTING WORD AS WELL THAT WESTBOUND ALONG MAGAZINE STREET ENTRANCE RAMP TO WESTBOUND U.S. BUSINESS 90 IS CLOSED, TOTAL RAMP CLOSURE AND THAT IS DUE TO FLOODING. SOME OF THIS IS DUE TO FLOODING AND SOME OF IT IS MERELY JUST PRECAUTION BASICALLY. LET’S PULL UP THE MAP RIGHT NOW WHILE I PULL UP ANOTHER CAMERA SHOT SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING. IT IS A BIT OF A MESS, YOU CAN SEE HERE, GUYS. IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ANYWHERE REALLY IN THE METRO AREA, HEAVY DELAYS PARTICULARLY IF YOU’RE TRAVELING IN ORLEANS PARISH. THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO START TO SEE THAT CONGESTION. I’M WORKING ON GETTING ANOTHER CAMERA SHOT AT ALL SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING, IN JEFFERSON PARISH VERSUS ORLEAN, LET’S GO AHEAD AND PULL UP THAT CAMERA AGAIN SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE. THIS IS I-10 AT CLAIBORNE. OBVIOUSLY A BIT OF A DIFFERENCE IN JEFFERSON PARISH VERSUS ORLEANS. HEAVY DELAYS, AND JUST SO YOU ARE AWARE FOR THIS IS TRAVELING WESTBOUND TOWARDS THE CITY. AGAIN, IF YOU’RE HEADING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, EASTBOUND NO MAJOR ISSUES THERE. PRETTY MUCH, GUYS, TRAFFIC IS AT A COMPLETE STANDSTILL. THE WONDERFUL NEWS THAT I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR THAT I CAN SHARE IS THAT WE ARE ACCIDENT AND BREAKDOWN FREE. NOT SEEING ANY MAJOR ACCIDENTS OR STALLS ON THE ROAD. SO THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS. PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING SAFELY. BUT, AGAIN, MAKING SURE THAT YOU’RE AWARE OF THAT THAT CONGESTION IS VERY HEAVY. IN CERTAIN AREAS THE RAIN HAS SLACKED UP A LOT. THAT IS GREAT, AND THAT’S CAUSING TRAFFIC TO DEFINITELY IMPROVE, BUT, AGAIN, IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ON THE ROADS, TRY TO STAY HOME OR AT YOUR DESTINATIONS TODAY. DEFINITELY GIVE YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME AND MAKING SURE THAT YOU’RE NOT TRAVELING TOO FAST IF YOU ARE TRAVELING IN FLOODED AREAS OR AREAS OF HIGH WATER BECAUSE THAT WATER IS JUST GOING TO PUSH INTO BUSINESSES AND HOMES. >>THAT RAIN DOES LOOK LIKE IT TAPERED OFF OUT THERE. >>LOOK AT I-TEN. THAT’S ROUGH IF YOU’RE STUCK OUT THERE THIS MORNING. >>WE’LL GO BACK OUT TO MEGHAN WHO’S AT ESPLANADE AND RAMPART, ?IBL >>REPORTER: YEAH, WE’RE ON ESPLANADE AVENUE RIGHT OFF OF NORTH RAMPART, THAT’S WHERE WE’RE AT THIS MORNING. YOU CAN SEE THE WATER HAS GONE DOWN QUITE A BIT, BUT IT’S STILL A BIG MESS OUT HERE. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK, THIS IS THE SIDE OF ESPLANADE AVENUE WHERE THE WATER SEEMS TO BE DISPROPORTIONATELY FALLING. YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER SIDE IS DRY NOW SINCE THOSE PUMPS I BELIEVE STARTED WORKING. SOMETHING ELSE TO KEEP IN MIND, I JUST ALMOST TRIPPED OVER THIS CURB. WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND, IT’S REALLY MURKY. THIS IS MURKY WATER FILLED WITH DEBRIS, A LOT OF DIRT AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SO YOU CAN’T REALLY SEE AND JUST BE KIND OF AWARE WHEN YOU’RE WALKING IF YOU’RE OUT IN THIS, PUT YOUR RAIN BOOTS ON JUST TO WATCH WHERE YOU STEP BECAUSE IT IS VERY EASY TO COME OFF A CURB AND END UP IN DEEPER WATER. NOW, I’M JOINED BY RENEE FRANZEN AND HE’S LIVED AT HIS HOME HERE ON ESPLANADE AVENUE SINCE 1985. HE SAYS HE’S SEEN IT FLOOD BADLY BEFORE, BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU WEREN’T EXPECTING THIS THIS MORNING. >>NO, NOT AT ALL. WE HAVE HAD REPEATED FLOODS SINCE AUGUST 5th, 2017 BECAUSE THEM RAISING THE GRADE WHEN THEY RAISED THE STREETCAR TRACKS AND ALSO WHEN THEY REPAVED ESPLANADE AVENUE. WE’VE HAD PROBLEMS SINCE THEN. >>REPORTER: AND SOME OF YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE EVEN SEEING SOME WATER GETTING INTO THEIR HOMES. >>YES. SOME OF IT’S BEING PUSHED BY TRUCKS AND SOME OF IT IS BECAUSE THEIR FINISHED FLOOR IS LOW. >>REPORTER: AND THAT’S SOMETHING ELSE YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP IN MIND. IF YOU’RE SEEING SOME OF THESE FLOODED AREAS, OF COURSE YOU DON’T WANT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT. BUT WE’VE ALSO SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE, LIKE, RACING THROUGH THIS WATER, PUSHING THE WATER LIKE WAVES INTO PEOPLE’S HOMES. NOW, RENEE, ALSO KIND OF TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, JUST WITH ALL OF THIS RAIN WATER AND EVERYTHING KIND OF BUILDING UP IN THIS AREA, YOU’VE LOST TWO CARS TO FLOODS BEFORE JUST BECAUSE YOUR CARS GOT FLOODED OUT. >>RIGHT. I LOST ONE ON AUGUST 5th, I LOST ANOTHER IN MAY 2018 WHEN IT FLOODED HERE AGAIN. SO I CAN’T REALLY LEAVE MY CARS IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE AND NOT WORRY ABOUT THEM BEING LOST. >>REPORTER: AND TODAY YOU WOULD HAVE LOST ANOTHER CAR HAD YOU NOT GOT IT OUT ONTO NEUTRAL GROUND. >>CORRECT. I WAS HOME THIS TIME, THE OTHER TWO TIMES I WASN’T HOME, SO I COULDN’T MOVE THEM. SO TODAY I WAS HOME AND I WAS ABLE TO SAVE MY CAR. >>REPORTER: AND WHAT WOULD YOU WANT THE CITY TO DO? I CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, THE WATER IS RECEDING, THE PUMPS SEEM TO BE WORKING, BUT YOU ARE HOPING FOR A SOLUTION SO THAT YOU’RE NOT HAVING TO DEAL WITH THIS AGAIN. >>I THINK THE DEPARTMENT OF STREETS NEEDS TO STUDY THIS BECAUSE THIS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. GRADING HAS CHANGED ON THIS BLOCK, AND I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE STUDIED, AND MY NEIGHBORS WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THAT STUDY. >>REPORTER: ALL RIGHT. WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH, RENEE. WE DO APPRECIATE YOU. >>THANK YOU, MEGHAN. >>REPORTER: BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE WATER IS STARTING TO RECEDE. THAT SIDE HAS GOTTEN MUCH DRYER, BUT THIS INCLINE HERE IS JUST PUSHING ALL OF THIS WATER INTO THE HOMES HERE ON THIS SIDE OF ESPLANADE AVENUE. OF COURSE WE KNOW IT’S STILL FLOODED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY. SO JUST BE SAFE. AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT IN THIS, DON’T GO OUT, JUST STAY HOME, CALL IN SICK TODAY AT WORK OR, YOU KNOW, JUST TELL THEM THAT YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO COME IN BECAUSE OF THE FLOODING, THAT SORT OF THING. REPORTING LIVE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER, MEGHAN KEE, EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT UPDATE. >>YEAH. WE CAN SEE THAT THE RAIN HAS SLACKED UP, BUT IT’S STILL PRETTY BAD FLOODING IN THAT AREA. >>RIGHT NOW WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD ALL MORNING LONG. WE ACTUALLY HAVE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON THE PHONE WITH US. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. CAN YOU HEAR US? >>YES, I CAN. >>YEAH. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM ALL THIS MORNING. I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE AWARE OF THE FLOODING IN THE AREA. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >>WELL, WHAT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS WAS A SURPRISE EVENT AND OUR GAUGES ARE TELLING US THAT WE HAVE HAD ABOUT — IN PLACES, ESPECIALLY NEAR THE CBD IN EXCESS OF EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN WITHIN THREE HOURS. THAT TELLS US THAT IT’S NEARING ABOUT A 100-YEAR STORM. THIS IS A MAJOR, MAJOR EVENT THAT WOULD OUTPACE OR OUTPERFORM ANY DRAINAGE SYSTEM ANYWHERE IN THE NATION. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE EXPERIENCING THIS MORNING. WE HAD THE INTENSITY OF THE RAIN OUTPACE THE ABILITY FOR US TO PUMP ALL THE WATER, SO THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE SOME FLOODING THROUGHOUT THE CITY. >>OKAY. SO WE DID CONFIRM WITH YOUR OFFICE EARLIER THAT 118 OF THE 120 PUMPS ARE WORKING. IS THAT STILL THE CASE? DID ANY BREAK DURING THIS RAIN EVENT? >>WELL, WE STILL HAVE 118 THIS MORNING BEFORE THE STORM. WE’VE HAD A COME MINOR ISSUES, THAT’S HOW — WE ARE ADDRESSING AS WE SPEAK, NOTHING I CAN CONCRETELY REPORT ON, BUT WE’VE HAD, AGAIN, THERE WOULD BE MINOR ISSUES IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL AVAILABILITY OF PUMPING AND POWER THAT WE HAVE. >>AND WE ARE HEARING FROM MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA THIS MORNING THAT THEIR HOMES ARE FLOODING OR BUSINESSES ARE FLOODING IN AREAS THAT DID NOT EVEN FLOOD IN HURRICANE KATRINA. I KNOW YOU’RE SAYING THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO A 100-YEAR STORM. WELL, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT FLOODING? >>WELL, AGAIN, EVERY STORM IS DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE DEPENDING ON THE INTENSITY AND WHERE THE INTENSITY AND WHERE THAT RAINFALL HAS HAPPENED. OBVIOUSLY THIS WAS VERY SLOW GOING STORM THAT JUST LINGERED OVER THE CITY, SPECIFICALLY IN AREAS NEAR THE CBD AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. AND, AGAIN, IT’S THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT FELL ALL AT ONCE THAT REALLY OUTPACED ANY PUMPING ABILITY THAT WE HAVE. >>AND I KNOW GETTING READY FOR INVEST 92 YOU GUYS HAD SOME PRESS CONFERENCES AND LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT THE PUMPING STATIONS WOULD ALL BE MANNED. WERE THEY MANNED TODAY? >>I’M SORRY. CAN YOU REPEAT THAT? >>I KNOW LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND WE EXPECT EVEN MORE RAIN AND YOUR OFFICE HAD SAID THAT ALL YOUR PUMPING STATIONS WOULD BE MANNED FOR THAT. YOU MENTIONED THAT THIS WAS KIND OF A SURPRISE RAINFALL. WERE ALL THE PUMPING STATIONS MANNED TODAY AS WELL? >>OH, ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE FULLY STAFFED. WE’RE OPERATING AT LEVEL 1. THAT MEANS ALL KEY PERSONNEL ARE PRESENT AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PRESENT UNTIL THE STORM IS ALL CLEAR. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT ABOUT THREE TO FOUR DAYS WORTH OF STORMS. OBVIOUSLY WE’RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN, AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AVAILABLE POWER THAT’S SUFFICIENT TO PUMP ALL THE — POWER ALL THE NEEDED PUMPS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE HERE UNTIL, AGAIN, — >>I APOLOGIZE, I DIDN’T MEAN TO INTERRUPT. YOU MENTIONED THOSE MINOR ISSUES, WILL THEY BE RESOLVED HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND? >>ABSOLUTELY. WE’RE ADDRESSING ALL THESE ISSUES AS WE FACE THEM AND OBVIOUSLY OUR GOAL IS TO CORRECT THEM AND PUT EVERY PUMP BACK IN SERVICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. >>AND WE’RE ALSO HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH VIEWERS THIS MORNING, THEY’RE TWEETING US AND TELLING US, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE DIFFICULTY TRUSTING THE SEWER AND WATER BOARD BECAUSE OF THE PAST WITH YOU GUYS. HOW DO YOU REASSURE VIEWERS THAT WHEN YOU SAY 118 PUMPS ARE WORKING AND PEOPLE HAVE WATER UP TO THEIR KNEES THAT THEY’RE ACTUALLY WORKING? >>WELL, AGAIN, WE HAVE BEEN VERY TRANSPARENT WITH INFORMATION THAT WE’VE SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC, WITH THE MEDIA, THAT WE DOCUMENT EVERY AVAILABLE PUMP AND WE FURNISH THIS INFORMATION TO ANYBODY WHO ASKS. THERE’S REALLY NO REASON FOR US TO HIDE ANYTHING. WE ARE TRANSPARENT AND WE WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THE PUBLIC WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE, AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE STARTED WITH 118 PUMPS THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO USE. THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE USING ALL 118 PUMPS, AND THAT’S BECAUSE EVERY PUMP STATION HAS ITS OWN DESIGN, IT’S OWN VARIABLES THAT OTHER VARIABLES. SO WE ARE, WE’RE PREPARED TO SHARE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ONCE THE STORM IS BEHIND US AND WE CAN SHARE ALL THE STEPS THAT TOOK PLACE, OR WHAT WENT DOWN, HOW WE REACTED, WHAT WE DO. WE WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT AND WE WANT TO GAIN THE TRUST OF THE COMMUNITY WE SERVE EVERY DAY. >>UNFORTUNATELY THAT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE. THAT’S AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU INHERITED. WE KNOW YOU’VE DONE A GREAT JOB SINCE YOU’VE BEEN HERE. HOW HARD HAS THAT BEEN TRYING TO GET THAT TRUST BACK THAT’S BEEN GONE FOR SO LONG AND YOU’RE COMING IN FROM OUT OF TOWN AND JUST INHERITING THIS SITUATION? >>WELL, I’M TRYING NOT TO DWELL ON THE PAST AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. GAINING THE RESPECT AND THE TRUST OF OUR CUSTOMERS. ONE CUSTOMER AT A TIME. AND AGAIN, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. GIVE US A CHANCE AND THEN WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE TRANSPARENT AND WE’LL TRY TO PERFORM AT THE BEST LEVEL WE CAN. >>ALL RIGHT. WELL LET’S LOOK FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND. YOU MENTIONED SOME MINOR ISSUES. MAYBE YOU CAN BE MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT THINGS YOU’RE DOING TO MAKE THE PUBLIC FEEL BETTER TO KNOW WE’RE PREPARING FOR THE RAIN WE’LL GET OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. >>AGAIN, THIS IS SUCH A DYNAMIC SITUATION. WE DO HAVE, THIS IS A VAST OPERATION INVOLVING A LOT OF TURBINES, A LOT OF FREQUENCY CHANGERS. A LOT OF PUMPING STATIONS. SO AS WE SPEAK SOMETHING COULD BE HAPPENING SOMEWHERE THAT IF I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT I CAN’T SHARE WITH YOU, SO OBVIOUSLY I’M PREPARED TO FULLY DISCLOSE ANY EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE STARTING THIS MORNING WITH THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENT UNTIL THE CONCLUSION AND WE WILL, WE ARE BY LAW REQUIRED TO SUBMIT SOMETHING TO THE COUNSEL, THE STATE, IN TERMS OF ALL THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS AND THE ACTION WE TOOK. AT SOME POINT EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE TRANSPARENT AND WILL BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. >>YOU MENTIONED 118 PUMPS ARE WORKING, BUT THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU’RE USING ALL OF THEM. IT’S PROBABLY HARD TO COUNT AT THIS TIME. IF YOU HAD TO GUESS ABOUT WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THAT 118 PUMPS HAVE BEEN WORKING THIS MORNING? OR HAVE YOU BEEN UTILIZING? 70%, 80%, 90%? >>AGAIN, THAT IS SUCH A DIFFICULT NUMBER. I’M NOT TRYING TO AVOID ANSWERING, I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE YOU A NUMBER THAT MIGHT NOT BE ACCURATE. WE ARE UTILIZING AS MANY PUMPS AS WE NEED TO PER STATION. A STATION MAY HAVE MULTIPLE PUMPS AVAILABLE, THAT ARE PRESENT BUT BY DESIGN THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS USED, THEY’RE NOT ALL USED AT THE SAME TIME. IF YOU HAVE SIX PUMPS AND BY DESIGN WE ONLY, WE CAN ONLY USE FIVE JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT’S DESIGNED AND THE SIXTH ONE IS THE REDUNDANT PUMP ALLOWING US TO SUBSTITUTE FOR ONE THAT MAY GO DOWN OR TRIP UP OFF LINE. SO IF I SAY WE’RE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN ONE PUMP STATION IT MEANS WE’RE USING FIVE OUT OF THE SIX AS IT WAS DESIGNED. >>THANKS FOR EXPLAINING THAT. HOW DO YOU REGROUP AFTER WHAT YOU JUST CALLED WE’RE NEARING A 100 YEAR STORM AND GET READY FOR ALL THAT OTHER RAIN WE ARE EXPECTING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS INTO THE WEEKEND? >>AGAIN, WE ARE OPERATING AT LEVEL ONE IN THE DOC SO EVERY KEY PERSONNEL IS PRESENT AND WE’RE GROUPING AND REGROUPING AND REGROUPING AGAIN. WE’RE IN THIS CONSTANT COMMUNICATION. OBVIOUSLY HIGH ALERT, ALL HANDS ON DECK. EVERYBODY WHO NEEDS TO BE HERE IS HERE MAKING DECISIONS IN TIMELY FASHION TO OPTIMIZE OPERATION AND OUTCOME. >>GHASSAN KORBAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE ARE GOING TO LET YOU GO. VIEWERS HAVE BEEN ASKING WHAT THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD IS SAYING THIS MORNING. I WANT TO GIVE YOU ONE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE VIEWERS IF YOU WANT TO BEFORE WE GO. >>JUST GENERALLY SPEAKING WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO BE PATIENT. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE, PLEASE DON’T. WATCH FOR THE UNDERPASSES. THESE ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS AREAS. THE MORE CRITICAL THEY TYPICALLY POSE A LOT OF EXPOSURE, A LOT OF DANGER. BE SMART ABOUT IT. OBVIOUSLY PARK YOUR CAR IN NEUTRAL GROUND AS BEST YOU CAN. AVOID GOING OUT. IF THERE’S A WAY YOU CAN ACCESS THE CATCH BASIN, IF IT’S DRY OUT, IF YOU CAN SEE IT, MAYBE CLEAR THE CATCH BASIN. BE SMART ABOUT YOUR TRAVELS AND ABOUT BEING, AVOID BEING OUT THERE IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO. >>MR. KORBAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. WE KNOW OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE VERY BUSY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SPEAKING WITH US AND OUR VIEWERS. >>KEEP US UPDATED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. >>YOU’RE WELCOME. OF COURSE. >>>LET’S GET BACK OVER TO DAVE NOW FOR A CHECK. WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT WEATHER IN A MOMENT. >>WE SHOULD BE TALK ABOUT THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO A 100 YEAR STORM. IN EXCESS OF 8 INCHES OF RAIN IN THREE HOURS. >>VERY HEAVY RAIN. KIND OF WANT TO SWITCH GEARS RIGHT NOW. THE OTHER CONCERN FOR US. NOT ONLY HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING BUT THE POTENTIAL OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO HAVE A STORM SURGE UP THE RIVER FROM THIS WHAT WILL BE HURRICANE BARRY. RIGHT NOW THE RIVER IS SITTING AT 16 FEET. WE TALKED ABOUT THE RIVER IS PROJECTED TO GET TO 19 FEET. THE NEW DATA NOW HAS THE RIVER PROJECTED TO GET TO 20 FEET. THAT IS THE TOP OF THE LEVY. LEVIES PROTECT THE CITY TO 20 FEET. ANYTHING ABOVE THAT, OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD HAVE ISSUES. POTENTIAL OVERTOPPING OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THAT IS A SOMETHING. SOMETHING I DON’T THINK WE’VE EVER BEEN CONFRONTED WITH IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEVY, LET ALONE NEW ORLEANS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO WATCH. THIS RIVER FLOOD WARNING IS GOING TO AFFECT 10:00 A.M. SATURDAY THE RIVER, THE SURGE EXPECTED TO COME UP AND THEY GO BACK DOWN HERE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. IT’S NOT GOING TO SIT UP IN THE LEVY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. IT’S GOING TO GO UP AND GRADUALLY GO BACK OUT ONCE THE WIND CHANGES DIRECTION. THAT IS OF COURSE MAJOR FLOOD STAGE. THE FLOOD STAGE ITSELF IS 17 FEET. WE’RE A FOOD BELOW THAT. WE’RE EXPECTING A FOUR FOOT SURGE ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ITSELF. THAT IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE AN ISSUE WITH. NORMALLY DURING HURRICANE SEASON OUR RIVER IS REALLY LOW. IF WE GET A 4-FOOT SURGE ON THE RIVER, NO BIG DEAL. WE HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM AND WATER TO WORK WITH. IN THIS CASE, WE ARE EXPECTING THIS RIVER TO RISE UP TO 20 FEET HERE. THAT WOULD TAKE IT TO THE TOP OF THE LEVIES. HISTORICALLY WE’VE ONLY HAD A FEW TIMES WE’VE GOTTEN THE RIVER OVER 20 FEET. A LOT OF THAT BACK IN THE 20s AND 30s BEFORE WE HAD ALL THE LEVY SYSTEMS BUILT. THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON. OF COURSE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AND THE RIVER FORECAST CENTER UP IN SLIDELL ALL WATCHING THIS CLOSELY. BASED OFF OF THEIR PROJECTIONS OF WHAT OUR POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER 2, SOON TO BE HURRICANE BARRY WILL PRODUCE WILL GET THE RIVER LEVELS UP TO ABOUT 20 FEET HERE AT THE CARROLLTON GAUGE IN NEW ORLEANS. WE ARE EXPECTING TO SEE THAT WATER COME UP SIGNIFICANTLY. THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT IS SOMEWHAT OF A CONCERN. THAT IS THE TOP OF THE LEVIES HERE IN NEW ORLEANS. WE COULD HAVE ISSUES FLOODING FROM THE RIVER SURGE. SOMETHING I THOUGHT I’D NEVER HAVE TO SAY. NONETHELESS, SOMETHING WE’LL HAVE TO WATCH CLOSELY. IT’S GOING TO BE A SHORT TERM THING. AS IT DOES COME UP WITH THAT SURGE THERE. WE’RE TALKING SATURDAY MORNING. LANDFALL IS EXPECTED NOT HERE BUT OVER IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE. WILL BE ON THAT EASTERN SIDE IT HAVE. ALL THAT WATER IS GOING TO BE PILING UP AND COMING TO US. ONLY GOOD THING IS THE SYSTEM IS SO CLOSE TO THE SHORELINE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. IT’S NOT PUSHING ALL THIS WATER FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE GULF. THIS IS SOMETHING WE ARE WATCHING, RIVER FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WITH THIS ONE. AS WE GO ON INTO SATURDAY TIME FRAME HERE. IT’S NOT GOING TO DO IT FOR A WHILE. ON SATURDAY THERE, THAT’S 10:00 IN THE MORNING. EXPECTED TO GET TO 20 FEET AND SHORTLY AFTER WILL DROP BACK DOWN. THAT IS THAT STORM SURGE. MORE ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER 2. CYCLONE JUST MEANS ANOTHER FANCY WORD FOR AREA OF LOW PRESSURE. WE’RE WATCHING THIS ONE. IT WAS INVEST 92. NOW POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. WHY DO THEY DO THIS? THIS GIVES THE OPPORTUNITY EVEN THOUGH IT HASN’T DEVELOPED YET. BUT SINCE IT’S SO CLOSE TO LAND AND POTENTIALLY TO MAKING A LANDFALL WITHIN A FEW DAYS THIS GIVES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HURRICANE CENTER TO ISSUE IF THIS NEW PRODUCT. ALLOWS EMERGENCY MANAGERS TO START THEIR PROCESSES OF GETTING THE SUPPLIES THEY NEED AND ALL THE PROCEDURES THEY NEED. ALLOWS THE STATE TO DO MORE STUFF. WE CAN ALLOW TO GET THE NATIONAL GUARD AND OTHERS THAT NEED TO BE HELPING OUT WITH ANY KIND OF TROPICAL SYSTEM TO START BEING ACTIVATED. MORE THINGS GET ACTIVATED ONCE THIS HAPPENS. USED TO HAVE TO WAIT TILL IT WAS A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE. NOW THIS GIVES US A JUMP START ON IT. WE’RE GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES, WHICH IS A GOOD THING FOR ONCE. SO HERE’S THE SYSTEM. NOT MUCH REALLY TO IT. POORLY ORGANIZED NOW. HURRICANE HUNTERS WILL FLY INTO IT LATER TODAY TO GET MORE INFORMATION. THE RAIN WE HAD FROM IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RAIN WE HAD ALL MORNING. IT’S JUST PART OF AN UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM. BIG CIRCULATION WITH THIS. WHAT WE’LL BE SEEING IS THIS AS IT CONTINUES TO WORK INTO SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA WE DO EXPECT THIS TO WORK ITS WAY OFF TO THE SOUTHWEST, BECOMING TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY. TOMORROW BECOMING TROPICAL STORM BARRY. IT’LL QUICKLY STRENGTHEN FROM 45 TO 60 MILES PER HOUR AS WE GO INTO FRIDAY MORNING. BECOMING A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE ON SATURDAY MORNING. JUST SOUTH OF THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA COASTLINE. LIKELY COULD BECOME A HIGH END CATEGORY 1, LOW END CATEGORY 2. THIS WOULD LIKELY BE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THIS IS 1:00 WHERE I STOPPED IT. WE COULD BE DEALING WITH MAYBE A CATEGORY 2 TO THE WEST OF US. CONTINUING UP TOWARDS SHREVEPORT AND BEYOND AT THAT POINT. IT’S NOT COMING TO OUR AREA. THAT’S FANTASTIC NEWS. HOWEVER, NOTICE THE CONE. IT DOES STRETCH FROM NEW ORLEANS ALL THE WAY TO BEYOND HOUSTON. ABOUT COLUMBUS, TEXAS THERE. IN THAT CASE WE ARE LOOKING AT STILL A LARGE AREA OF AIR WHERE THIS COULD GO IF. IF IT COULD TURN SOONER OR LATER. THE REASON WHY IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE LATER IS WE HAVE AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER PART OF TEXAS. A STRONGER STORM WOULD HAVE HIGHER CLOUD TOPS. THESE CLOUD TOPS WOULD BE IMPACTED BY THE UPPER LEVEL WIND SHEAR. WHAT THAT’S GOING TO TRY TO DO IS KEEP THE STORM DOWN IN THE GULF LONG PER. THE LONGER IT STAYS IN THE GULF THE FARTHER WEST IT WILL TRACK BEFORE IT TURNS POT NORTH. THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR US, WHICH IS GREAT. WE WANT TO HEAR THAT. FOR SOME REASON THE STORM STAYED WEAKER IT WOULD NEVER BE IMPACTED BY THE STRONG WIND SHEAR ALOFT, JUST THE LOW LEVEL FLOW WHICH IS OUT OF THE SOUTH AND WOULD HELP TO PUSH THIS INWARD QUICKER. RIGHT NOW AS IT CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN, ALL THE STRENGTH MODELS ARE SHOWING THIS. WE COULD HAVE AT LEAST A HIGH END CATEGORY 1, CATEGORY 2 LAND FALL NEAR THE LAKE CHARLES AREA HEADING INTO SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WE’LL BE ON THE WET SIDE OR DIRTY SIDE IF YOU WILL OF IT. WE’LL BE DEALING WITH HEAVY RAIN. TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA COASTLINE. ALL THE WAY THROUGH TARRIBOT PARISH. STORM SURGE WATCHES ARE THROUGH THROUGH THE METRO AREA. HEADING BACK OVER TOWARD MORGAN CITY. THE STORM SURGE WATCH, KEEPING AN EYE. WE COULD SEE SURGE LEVELS 2, 3, 4, 5 FEET OUT THERE. 4 FEET EXPECTED TO COME UP THE RIVER HERE AND THROUGH THE METRO AREA AS WELL AND THAT’S WHY WE HAVE THAT FLOOD WARNING IN AND LEVIES, RIVER LEVEL EXPECTED TO GET TO 20 FEET. BASICALLY THE TOP OF THE LEVY IN NEW ORLEANS. BE WATCHING THIS ONE CLOSELY. TODAY’S RAIN, NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. 5.4 PINCHES OF RAIN AT THE WORLD WAR II MUSEUM. HEAVIEST RAINS HAVE CLEARED OUR AREA. STILL CONTINUE ALONG THE COASTLINE AS YOU ALL ARE DEALING WITH HEAVY RAIN HERE. LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS IN THE METRO AREA. THE ROADS ARE SLOWLY DRYING UP. PUMPS ARE KICKING IN. GETTING SOME OF THAT WATER OUT AS WELL. HEAVIER RAIN ENDING ACROSS INTO ST. JOHN PARISH. WE HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WASHING UNTIL 11:45. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY THERE. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY ORLEANS PARISH. THAT FLOODING IS GOING TO CONTINUE A LITTLE LONGER NOW. ORIGINALLY IT WAS ENDING AT 10:45. THEY’VE EXTENDED TO 1:45 THIS AFTERNOON. LIGHT RAIN THERE CARROLLTON, BRIDGE CITY. DRYING OUT IN THE CITY. BACK TO BUCK TOWN. BRIDGE CITY. NOT LOOKING AT ANY LIGHTNING OUT THERE. HEAVY RAIN COMING IN. HEAVY RAIN TOWARDS THE COASTLINE. MORE HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES ACROSS THOSE AREAS AS WELL. PORT SULFUR AREA. OUR SYSTEM HERE, LARGE CIRCULATION WITH IT YOU CAN SEE THROUGH HERE LOOKING AT THE VISIBLE SATELLITE. LITTLE MORE OF A SPIN. WE’RE TRYING TO SEE THAT LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION GETTING BETTER ORGANIZED. THAT WILL BE OUR TROPICAL DEPRESSION. YOU CAN SEE THAT DEVELOPING RIGHT IN THROUGH THERE. THE LOCATION OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING THERE IS WHERE THAT IS GOING TO BE. OF COURSE WE STILL HAVE A MARGINAL RISK FOR STORMS TO PRODUCE TORNADOES TODAY AND THE TORNADO THREAT WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THERE AGAIN IS WHERE NO LONGER INVEST, POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE 2. TRYING TO GET BETTER ORGANIZED. THAT TREND WILL HAPPEN AS WE GO FORWARD HERE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WANT TO GO BACK OUT AND SHOW YOU WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT ON THE STREETS. MEGAN IS NOW IN ST. BERNARD. MEGAN. >>Reporter: HEY, GOOD MORNING. YEAH, THERE’S STILL A LOT OF FLOODING IN THIS AREA AS YOU CAN SEE. IT’S DEFINITELY SUBSIDED SINCE FROM WHAT WE SAW A LITTLE BIT EARLIER TODAY. YOU CAN SEE THE SIDES ARE STILL FLOODED. IF WE TAKE A FARTHER LOOK BACK, BACK THERE IT’S A LOT WORSE. THAT’S OVER BY THE CIRCLE FOODS STORE AND AS YOU CAN TELL THERE’S SOME CARS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY’RE STALLED IN THAT WATER. ONE LADY JUST DROVE UP AND SAID HER CAR NOW HAS WATER IN IT WHAT SHOULD I DO, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO. WHEN YOU SEE WATER LIKE THAT, YOU SHOULDN’T BE DRIVING THROUGH IT AT ALL. WE HAVE SEEN SOME BIGGER TRUCKS, SOME OF THESE BIGGER TRUCKS, THESE SEMIS THAT HAVE BEEN ROLLING THROUGH THERE PUSHING WATER INTO NEIGHBORING HOUSES AND OTHER BUSINESSES. SO THAT’S SOMETHING YOU ALSO DON’T WANT TO DO. I’M JOINED BY MARCUS RIGHT HERE. HE HAS BEEN TELLING PEOPLE TO TURN AROUND, GO THE OTHER WAY, DON’T DRIVE THROUGH IT, WARNING CARS AND OTHER VEHICLES NOT TO DRIVE THROUGH THIS BECAUSE THEY CAN GET STALLED AND THAT WATER CAN GET INTO THEIR CARS AND MARCUS, TALK TO ME ABOUT WHY YOU WANTED TO HELP. >>I STAYED DOWN THE STREET. I’VE BEEN RENOVATING A HOUSE FOR THE LAST TEN MONTHS AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE SEEN FLOODING LIKE THIS IN THIS AREA. I WALKED DOWN TO THE CIRCLE FOOD STORE BECAUSE I KNOW IT TO BE AN AREA THAT’S KNOWN FOR FLOODING. IT WAS UP PAST MY KNEES. I JUST WANTED TO STOP CARS FROM GOING. ESPECIALLY THE CARS. THE TRUCKS MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE IT.>>I TRIED TO STOP HER. SHE DIDN’T LISTEN. I THINK SHE WAS A LITTLE BIT OLDER SO SHE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN WHAT WAS GOING ON. YEAH, HER CAR GOT WATER IN IT NOW AND, YOU KNOW, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE CITY’S KNOWN FOR. HEARD THEY TURNED THE PUMPS OFF. THEY GOT TO TURN THE PUMPS ON AND WE NEED SYDNEY TORRES HERE AT THE CIRCLE FOOD STORE GETTING THE FLOODING UNDER CONTROL. THE COMMUNITY’S REALLY KIND OF SUFFERING FROM THIS FLOODING. IT’S NO GOOD. >>AND WE DO BELIEVE THE PUMPS HAVE BEEN TURNED ON, KIND OF RECEDING, THE RECESSION THAT WE’RE SEEING. >>IT’S DEFINITELY GOING DOWN. >>WHERE YOU LIVE, HOW BAD WAS IT OVER THERE BE. >>NOT TOO BAD. WE HAD ABOUT SIX INCHES OF WATER IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE ON THE STOOP. AND THEN EVERYONE MOVED THEIR CARS KIND OF HIGHER GROUND. BUT YOU KNOW, I THINK MAYBE AT ITS HIGHEST OVER BY WHERE IT TYPICALLY DRAINS DOWN AT, ABOUT A FOOT. ABOUT A FOOT OF WATER. >>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARCH US ARE. I’M SURE DRIVERS DO APPRECIATE YOU WARNING THEM. >>GO BACK. >>TO TURN BACK AROUND. AS I SAID YOU CAN TELL THERE IS STILL SOME FLOODING. LOOKS LIKE IT’S WORSE FARTHER BACK. IT’S JUST A GOOD IDEA IF YOU SEE WATER LIKE THIS, JUST DON’T DRIVE THROUGH IT. TURN AROUND, TRY TO FIND A DIFFERENT WAY TO GET AROUND. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT IN THIS TODAY, DON’T GO OUT IN HAD IT. REPORTING LIVE, MEGAN KEY, EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE WATER’S GONE DOWN MUCH AT ALL. >>THERE’S STILL A LOT OF WATER IN SEVERAL AREAS. WE’RE GETTING REPORTS OF FLOODING. IF YOU’RE IN THAT AREA, AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS IT’S ANOTHER AREA YOU WANT TO AVOID. WE’VE GOTTEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF FLOODING. >>I DO THINK WE HAVE VIDEO OF IT. REMEMBER F YOU DO HAVE ANY VIDEO YOU WANT TO SHARE, TWEET IT. >>THIS IS VIDEO WE WERE REFERRING TO. ANOTHER AREA WHERE WE’RE SEEING HIGH WATER. BACK IN ORLEANS PARISH IF YOU’RE DRIVING THROUGH AN AREA THAT’S FLOODED, THE MAYOR SAYS IF YOU GO MORE THAN 5 MILES PER HOUR YOU WILL BE TICKETED. >>UNDERPASSES ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. MORE SO THAN ANY OTHER PLACE ON THE ROAD. DO NOT THINK YOU CAN GET THROUGH THOSE. THAT’S WHERE TRAGIC ACCIDENTS HAPPEN WHERE PEOPLE CAN’T GET OUT OF THEIR CAR AND DROWN. >>WE’VE SEEN ONE CAR STALLED UNDER AN UNDERPASS THIS MORNING. IT’S ONE OF THOSE AREAS YOU DON’T REALIZE HOW DEEP IT IS IF YOU’RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA. AVOID THOSE. >>SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT IN THIS, DON’T. THE NEWS MUST GO ON. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAD TO ABANDON THEIR CARS MILES FROM HERE AND WALK THE REST OF THE WAY TO WORK. PLEASE IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE OUT IN THIS, DON’T. IF YOU HAVE A DOCTORS APPOINTMENT, ANYTHING LIKE THAT, THOSE CAN ALWAYS BE RESCHEDULED. IT’S NOT WORTH YOUR SAFETY OR ANYBODY ELSE’S FOR THAT FACT. >>THE FLOODING WE’VE SEEN, EVERYONE HAS BEEN ASKING ABOUT THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD. WE SPOKE WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GHASSAN KORBAN. THERE WERE EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL IN SOME SPOTS IN THE CITY IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS. IT’S ALMOST THE EQUIVALENT OF A 100 YEAR STORM. THAT’S WHY WE’RE SEEING SO MUCH FLOODING THIS MORNING, WHICH I STILL THINK IS DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO DIGEST. WE SAW HISTORIC FLOODING IN SOME OF THESE AREAS IN AUGUST OF 2017 AND WE’VE SEEN IS SEVERAL TIMES SINCE THEN. >>HE DID SAY THEY’RE AT A LEVEL ONE. HOW DO YOU REGROUP AND GET READY FOR ALL THE RAIN WE’RE EXPECTING THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. BASICALLY SAID THERE IS NO REGROUPING, IT’S JUST ROLLING THROUGH. IT’S LEVEL ONE, ALL THE PEOPLE, ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE THERE AND THEY’LL BE ON CALL. >>HE DID CONFIRM THE 118 OUT OF 120 PUMPS ARE UP AND WORKING. EVEN THOUGH HE EXPLAINED IT’S A COMPLEX SYSTEM. EVEN THOUGH 118 OF THOSE PUMPS ARE WORKING. >>AVAILABLE. >>THEY’RE NOT ALL BEING AVAILABLE. HE WAS TRYING TO EXPLAIN THAT SYSTEM. >>FIVE OUT OF SIX WORK AT THIS PLANT. >>THERE ISN’T AN EXACT NUMBER HE CAN GIVE US TO SAY THIS IS HOW MANY PUMPS ARE OPERATING AT THIS MOMENT. >>THAT WAS HIS REASONING FOR SOME OF THE FLOODING EVEN IN PLACES THAT WE DON’T HISTORICALLY SEE FLOODING THAT IT WAS JUST SUCH A HISTORIC RAIN EVENT. LET’S GET BACK OVER TO APRIL. SHE’S GOT MORE RAMP CLOSURES SHE WANTS TO PASS ALONG. >>THANKS SO MUCH, GUYS. THE RAMP CLOSURES ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS THEY WERE DURING MY LAST REPORT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE RAIN IS LOOKING A LOT BETTER AND VISIBILITY IS HIGHER ON THE ROADS. YOU CAN SEE HERE THIS IS A LIVE SHOT AT THE HIGH-RISE IN NEW ORLEANS EAST, I-10. GREAT FLOW IN IT BOTH DIRECTIONS. YOU CAN SEE THE ROAD IS STILL SLICK. A LOT DRIER AND VISIBILITY LOOKS BETTER THAN IT DID. EVEN 15, 20 MINUTES AGO. I’LL GO OVER THOSE RAMP CLOSURES AGAIN. I-10 EASTBOUND. I-610, EAST AND WESTBOUND AT FRANKLIN. MAGAZINE STREET, IF IT YOU’RE TRAVELING THERE, WESTBOUND ALONG THE ENTRANCE RAMP TO U.S. BUSINESS 90. THAT AREA IS ALSO REMAINS CLOSED. THAT’S PARTICULARLY DUE TO FLOODING. YOU’LL SEE ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90, SOUTH PETERS EXIT. THAT REMAINS CLOSED BOTH EAST AND WESTBOUND AS WELL AS THE SUPER DOME. I-10 EASTBOUND ALONG CAMP STREET AS WELL AS EARHART BOULEVARD. EASTBOUND AND THE WESTBOUND ONRAMP TO THE SUPER DOME IN SOUTH LEE BORN DO REMAIN CLOSED. LOOKING AT THE MAP, YOU CAN SEE IT IS STILL PRETTY HEAVILY CONGESTED. I’LL CHANGE OUR CAMERA SHOT. LET’S MOVE IT BACK SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE. THIS IS A LIVE SHOT I-10. PRETTY MUCH THE SAME TRAFFIC IS VERY HEAVILY CONGESTED. ALMOST AT A COMPLETE STANDSTILL. THOSE CARS ARE MOVING VERY, VERY SLOWLY. IF YOU HAVE TO BE ON THE ROADS AGAIN AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, RAIN LOOK AS LOT BETTER. VISIBILITY REMAIN AS LITTLE BIT HIGHER. BUT CONGESTION IS JUST AT A COMPLETE STANDSTILL IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA. IF YOU’RE TRAVELING IN NEW ORLEANS EAST, AFTER YOU CROSS OVER THE HIGH-RISE. THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL SEE THE MAJORITY OF THAT CONGESTION. WILL LOOK THE SAME AS I-10 ALONGLY BORN. DELAYS ARE LOOKING BETTER. LET’S PULL UP THE MAP SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE. OVERALL IN THE METRO AREA, LEAVING FROM LA PLAZ SHOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM FOR YOU. CONGESTION LOOKS WONDERFUL UNTIL YOU REACH THE CAUSEWAY EXIT. SHORTLY AFTER ABOUT A HALF MILE AFTER YOU’LL SEE THAT CONGESTION. ONCE YOU CROSS INTO ORLEANS PARISH. DOWNTOWN NEAR THE 1090 SPLIT. AS WELL AS NEW ORLEANS EAST. WE SAW THAT LIVE SHOT OF THE HIGH-RISE, IT LOOKS FABULOUS. SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING THE 610 MERGE. IF YOU STAY ON I-10, THAT CONGESTION IS STARTING RIGHT AFTER THE 610 MERGE AND IT’S SOLID UNTIL YOU REACH DOWNTOWN. NEAR THE FLYOVER RAMP OR IF YOU CHOOSE TO HOP ON 610 YOU’LL SEE THAT CONGESTION THE ENTIRE LENGTH AS YOU APPROACH THE EXIT INTO JEFFERSON PARISH. YOU’LL SEE THAT TRAFFIC START TO CLEAR OUT AND TRAVELING WESTBOUND SHOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM FOR YOU. IF YOU’RE TRAVELING TOWARDS THE BATON ROUGE AREA, GOOD TO GO THERE. AIRLINE, USUALLY SEEING DELAYS DURING THIS TIME. HEAVIER DUE TO THE WEATHER. THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL SEE THE MAJORITY OF THAT TRAFFIC INTO ORLEANS PARISH, YOU’LL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT CONGESTION. AT LEAST IT’S IMPROVED. EVEN ABOUT 20 MINUTES AGO IT WAS BACKED UP TO THE 310 MERGE AND SO TRAFFIC DOES LOOK BETTER IN THAT AREA. QUIET WITH ACCIDENTS AND STALLS. HEAVY DELAYS. YOU’LL SEE THAT DELAY START RIGHT AT GENERAL DE GALLE AND IT IS SOLID. USUALLY IT’S CLEAR DURING THIS TIME. YOU WILL SEE THAT DELAY. IF YOU CHOOSE TO CONTINUE ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90 AND GET ON WAR OFF ONE OF THOSE AMP OFF RAMPS IN THE DOWN POWN AREA THAT I SHARED THAT ISN’T CLOSED. THE ELEVATED AND LOWER LEVELS OF THE EXPRESSWAY ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90 LOOK WONDERFUL UNTIL YOU REACH RIGHT NEAR MERRERO. YOU’LL START TO SEE THOSE RED LINES INDICATING HEAVY DELAYS. THAT’S IF YOU’RE TRAVELING NEAR AVONDALE, WESTWEGO, MARRERO. GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME IF YOU’RE TRAVELING ALONG U.S. BUSINESS OUT. THE FERRIES, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING. BELL CHASE FERRY DO REMAIN IN SERVICE. THE REST OF THEM ARE OUT OF SERVICE UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS. CANAL, ALGIERS AS WELL AS CHALMAT. BELL CHASE, POINT LA HATCH FERRIES REMAIN IN SERVICE. QUIET WITH ACCIDENTS AND STALLS, ACTUALLY. I’M SURPRISED. THAT MEANS PEOPLE ARE TAKING HEED TO THIS WARNING AND DRIVING SAFELY. CONGESTION IS VERY HEAVY IN THE METRO AREA. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ON THE STREETS, DEFINITELY MAKE SURE THAT YOU STAY HOME. SURFACE STREETS, FLOODING IS STILL PRETTY DRASTIC. SO GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME THERE TRAVEL SLOWLY IF POSSIBLE OR AVOID THAT AREAL TOGETHER. >>SO MANY AREAS TO AVOID. >>WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THEY ARE UP AND FUNCTIONAL. >>THEY ARE STILL RUNNING IF YOU DO HAVE AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU HAVE A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT THAT CAN BE RESCHEDULED, TRY TO STAY OFF THE ROADS. >>WE JUST SAW MEGAN TALKING TO THAT GOOD SAMARITAN WHO WAS TRYING TO TALK TO PEOPLE THE STREET LOOKS GOOD FROM THIS END. ONCE YOU GET DOWN TO THE CIRCLE FOOD GROCERY THAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT. SO JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND. TURN DOWN A STREET AND THINK OH, JUST GET OFF THE ROAD. YOU’RE GOING TO GET STUCK. >>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT VIEWER PICTURES WE’RE GETTING IN RIGHT NOW. SOMEONE TWEETED OUT RIGHT NOW IN NEW ORLEANS THEY’RE TRYING TO RIDE A BIKE DOWN THE STREET, WHICH IS JUST REALLY TOUGH. THAT WATER’S REALLY HIGH. >>HAPPY HOUR STARTING EARLY TODAY. SOMEBODY MAKING LIGHT OF THE SITUATION. ONCE AGAIN LOOKS LIKE THAT BUSINESS IS GETTING WATER. >>SOMEBODY SAYING NEW ORLEANS FLOOD UPDATE. WE HAVE KAYAKS IN THE STREET AND BABIES IN THE KAYAKS. >>WE HOPE EVERYBODY STAYS SAFE OUT THERE. >>CURRENTLY THE LOBBY OF MY HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS. OH MY GOODNESS. NO MORE RAIN FOR THE MOMENT. PEOPLE FROM NEW ORLEANS, WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS? >>WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT HOTEL THAT IS. WE’LL TRY TO FIGURE THAT OUT FOR YOU GUYS. IT HAS TAKEN ON WATER. >>PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS. A TROPICAL STORM HIT US LAST NIGHT AND THERE’S BAD FLOODING. THE TROPICAL STORM HASN’T EVEN HIT US. RIGHT NOW THERE’S TWO PLUS FEET OF WATER IN THE ROADS. PRAY ESPECIALLY FOR THE HOMELESS THEY ARE SOMEWHERE SAFE TODAY. >>WE SHOULD CLARIFY THAT. THIS IS NOT WHAT IT IS. IT’S A RELATED STORM. IT’S THE SAME SYSTEM AS DAVID’S BEEN EXPLAINING BUT THAT’S WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO CLARIFY. THIS IS NOT THE TROPICAL STORM. >>IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT. >>THIS IS DOWNTOWN. SAYING NEW ORLEANS IS UNDERWATER. LOOK HOW TERRIBLE THAT IS. MUST HAVE BEEN FROM EARLIER. YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN WAS COMING DOWN HARD AT THAT POINT. >>LOOK AT THE WAKES ON THE SIDEWALK. >>AT MOST AREAS RIGHT NOW AT LEAST IT’S NOT RAINING THAT HARD. THIS IS A LADY ON FACEBOOK WHO SAID HER DAUGHTER IS STUCK ON THE RTA. SHE WAS TRYING TO GET TO WORK. LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF WATER ON THE BUS. >>IT’S LIKE UP TO THEIR KNEES. >>WOW. >>THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. >>ONCE AGAIN, YEAH, RTA HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. >>YEAH. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO MOVE. BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE SITTING ON THE BUS IN WATER, THAT IS INSANE. >>THAT’S NOT SAFE OR HEALTHY EITHER. >>LET’S GET BACK OVER TO DAVE. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF RAIN. MAYBE WE SHOULD ADDRESS THAT TWEET. THAT PERSON WAS SAYING TROPICAL STORM HIT NEW ORLEANS LAST NIGHT. THAT’S NOT THE CASE. THIS IS A STORM SYSTEM THAT’S RELATED. THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO MAKE CLEAR. >>THIS SYSTEM HAS YET TO EVEN FORM. SO TROPICAL STORM HAS NOT HIT US YET. THIS IS ACTUALLY PART OF THE UPPER LEVEL PART OF WHAT WILL BECOME EVENTUALLY BARRY. HOWEVER BARRY HASN’T EVEN DEVELOPED YET. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE WAITING FOR HERE. WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE WITH BARRY IS THAT THREAT, WE ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH SOME VERY HEAVY RAIN AGAIN. WE HAD TODAY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SYSTEM NECESSARILY. WE ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH THE DIRECT IMPACTS OF THAT LATER ON THIS WEEK. BUT ONE OF THOSE IMPACTS, WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN NEW ORLEANS, FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY. IT’S AT 16 FEET. EXPECTED TO GET TO 19 FEET. THE NEW UPDATE HAS IT GOING TO 20 FEET. FOLKS, THAT IS THE TOP OF THE LEVIES. WE ARE PROTECTED 20 FEET HERE IN NEW ORLEANS WITH THAT LEVY. SO THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT HERE. IT’S NOT GOING TO LAST VERY LONG WHEN IT GETS THAT HIGH. THE SURGE WILL COME IN, GET TO 20 FEET AND GRADUALLY DROP DOWN. WE ARE PROTECTED TO THAT 20- FOOT LEVEL HERE. BUT FOR SOME REASON IF THIS WOULD GET HIGHER, THAT OBVIOUSLY WOULD CAUSE SOME BIGGER PROBLEMS FOR US HERE IN NEW ORLEANS. NEVER THOUGHT WE’D HEAR OF OVERTOPPING THE LEVIY ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. NOT TO SAY THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT WE’LL BECOME DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO THAT. THIS WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES IN HISTORY WE’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT. THE RIVER TRADITIONALLY IS NOT THIS HIGH IN JULY. IT’S MUCH LOWER. DUE TO THE RECORD FLOODING WE’VE HAD ALL SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER, THE RIVER IS STILL SITTING THERE AT 16 FEET. SO WE’LL BE WATCHING THAT CLOSELY MOVING FORWARD HERE. NOW THE LATEST HERE WITH POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE TOO. POTENTIALLY BECOMING A TROPICAL SYSTEM. CYCLONE MEANS LOW IS THE TECHNICAL TERM FOR IT. WE DO HAVE THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE SPINNING HERE SOUTH OF PANAMA CITY. THAT IS NOT MUCH RAIN WITH IT, BUT TRYING TO GET BETTER ORGANIZED WITH THIS. WE’VE BEEN WATCHING HERE ON SATELLITE. WE’LL SHOW YOU BETTER PERSPECTIVE IN A MINUTE. YOU CAN SEE LARGE CIRCULATION WITH IT. THERE’S THE BIG UPPER LEVEL LOW. TIGHTER, SMALLER SCALE LOW. THAT’S BE THE SURFACE LOW PRESSURE HERE. THE UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM HELPING TO BRING US THE HEAVY RAIN WE HAVE HERE NOW. WINDS ARE CURRENTLY 30 MILES PER HOUR. EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY. THAT’S THE FIRST STEP OF THIS. TOMORROW EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY INTO A TROPICAL STORM, BECOMING BARRY. WHICH WE EXPECTED IT TO DO. I TOLD YOU THIS MORNING MY GUT WAS TELLING ME WE COULD POSSIBLY SEE THIS BECOMING A HURRICANE. THAT’S WHAT THE HURRICANE CENTER IS AGREEING WITH RIGHT NOW. HURRICANE BY 7:00 A.M. SATURDAY. MAKING LANDFALL SATURDAY NIGHT I SENT A CLOCK AND SATURDAY, THEN MAKING LANDFALL SATURDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, STILL ONE BORDERLINE CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE, ACCORDING TO THIS, THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK YOU SEE HERE, YOU CAN FOLLOW THE CENTERLINE, THE CENTER OBVIOUSLY IS OVER THE WESTERN PART OF LOUISIANA. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. HOWEVER, IT STRETCHES JUST PAST TO COLUMBUS AND TEXAS ALL THE WAY TO NEW ORLEANS, EARLIER THE MODEL WE WERE LOOKING AT, THE AMERICAN MODEL, SHOWS IT SOONER IN THE CONE, YOU CANNOT JUST LOOK AT THE CENTERLINE SAYING WE ARE GOOD, I STILL THINK THE LANDFALL ITSELF WILL BE WEST OF US, WE WANTED TO BE FURTHER WEST TO TAKE THE HEAVIEST RAIN WITH THE. AS WE GO INTO SAY SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY, AS THE STORM GETS UP NEAR SHREVEPORT AND THAT POINT, DEADLY SOMETHING TO BE WATCHING HERE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, TROUBLE STORM WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT, THE CLOSELY HERE SOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI, THE STORM SURGE WATCH IN EFFECT, THIS IS FROM COAL RIVER ALL THE WAY TO THE NORTHERN STATE OF LOUISIANA AS WELL. IT DOES INCLUDE THE METRO AREA WITH THIS AS WELL. WE HAD TO CONTEND WITH HENCE THE REASON WHY THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CLIMB AS HIGH AS IT COULD. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL THURSDAY, THOMAS 7:00 TWO OR 4 INCHES OF RAIN POSSIBLE, MANY OF YOU ALREADY PICKED THAT UP THIS ONE, AGAIN, HEAVY RAIN WITH THAT, SO THE IMPACT, WHAT I’VE SEEN, RAIN FOLLOWED BY SIX MONTHS WILL THE STORM CLOSE THE, TUMORS WERE FEET POSSIBLE STORM SURGE THAT WILL CAUSE THAT ISSUE. WINDS ARE 26 MILES PER HOUR, GREATER IN SOME PLACES, MAINLY ON THE COAST, THERE WILL BE THE HIGHER WIND TOTALS, A FEW TORNADOES, WE SAW SOME TODAY, WE WILL SEE A LOT MORE HEADING INTO THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. RAIN TOTALS, OVER 5 INCHES, THE WORLD WAR II MUSEUM OVER 4 INCHES, AND 3 INCHES IN METAIRIE, AGAIN THE HEAVIEST RAIN CLEARING OUT, NOW TO STILL CONFINED IN THE COASTAL AREAS, LATER RAN ACROSS THE METRO AREA HERE, NOT NEAR WITH A FEW MORE STORMS NEAR COMING AND CONTINUE TO WORK THEIR WAY INTO THE METRO REGION, WE STILL HAVE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS EMERGENCES AND EFFECTS, 11:45 FOR JEFFERSON PARISH, 1:45 FOR THE PART OF ORLEANS PARISH, INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, WE STILL HAVE WIDESPREAD STREET GOING OUT. HEAVY RAIN BACK TOWARDS GRAND ISLE, WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE OF TORNADOES, LEVEL ONE MARGINAL RISK FOR TORNADOES WE DO NEED REPAIRED FOR THAT AS THE DAY GOES ON. YOU SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE, I WILL SHOW YOU A DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINT OF THE CLOUDS YOU CAN SEE KIND OF THE CENTERS TRYING TO DEVELOP HERE, THAT A YOUR UPPER LEVEL LOW SWINGING OUT HAVE IT, TWO OF THEM ARE LINED UP. THE UPPER LEVEL LOW IN THE LOWER LEVEL LOW ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, THAT IS WHERE THE STORM STARTED TO GET ITS ACT TOGETHER AND BECOME ORGANIZED. THAT IS GOING TO HAVE LATER TODAY AND INTO TONIGHT. SO, THERE YOU SEE A VANTAGE POINT OF THUNDER STORMS HERE, WHAT THEY’RE KINDA DOING IS PULLING THE LOW BACK DOWN THE SOUTHWEST A LITTLE MORE, FITCH CASOS THIS MORNING, THE STORM IS WORKING ITS WAY AND MAY REDEVELOP FROM THE I-55, WE CAN SEE MORE STORMS, MOVING INTO DURING THE EVENING HOURS AND TOMORROW MORNING, A COUPLE OF SHOWERS AND STORMS, THEN WE START TO SEE SOME OF THE BANDS OF RAIN COMING FROM WOULD BE TROPICAL STORM BARRY WORKING HER WAY UP FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO, HEADING ON INTO THURSDAY, GOING ON INTO FRIDAY MORNING, THEN FRIDAY, WE START SEEING BANDS OF HEAVY RAIN OUT FOR THE NOON HOUR THE WAY THINGS LOOK NOW AS THEY CONTINUE TO WORK THEIR WAY UP AND GIVE US A PRETTY GOOD DOWNPOUR, BUT, THE BULK OF HEAVY RAIN COMES LATER AS WE ARE GOING TO SEE HERE IN A SECOND, THIS IS THE GFS AMERICAN IDOL HERE, BY TOMORROW MORNING, YOU CAN EXPECT THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION BE PRETTY CLOSE TO LANCE, I DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS GOING TO BE VERIFIABLE BECAUSE IS CLOSE TO THE SHORELINE HERE. KIND OF SOUTH OF MARSH ISLAND, IT STARTS TO MEANDER AND TURN NORTH BY SEVEN CLOCKS SPRING HEAVIEST RAIN ACROSS THE AREA, BY SUNDAY MORNING, CONTINUES ON INTO THE SIMMERING TIME, THE EUROPEAN MODEL, A NEW UPDATE AND A LITTLE WHILE, AND A COUPLE HOURS, TAKES US WITH FOG ON THE COASTLINE CONTINUING TO INTENSIFY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING INTO SATURDAY MORNING, THERE’S A HURRICANE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, THEN, WORKS ITS WAY THROUGH PART OF THE PARISH FARTHER WEST AND HEAVIEST RAIN FURTHER WEST SPARES AS OF THE WORST. SO, THE BEST CASE SCENARIO WOULD BE SOMETHING HAPPENED LIKE THAT. FRIENDS AND FAMILY THE WESTERN PARTS THE STATES IN FRONT OF IT, WE WOULD BE SPARED THE WORST OF IT AT THIS POINT. THE REASON WHY, IT IS BECAUSE THE SYSTEM BECOMES A STRONGER SYSTEM, WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO IS GOING TO HAVE BIGGER THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING HIGHER IN THE ATMOSPHERE. THEY WILL INTERACT WITH THE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE OUT AHEAD OF IT. THAT IS PRODUCING WIND SHEAR IN THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE ANSWER, HIGH PRESSURE IS TRYING TO PUSH THE TROPICAL SYSTEM FURTHER DOWN INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. WELL, EVENTUALLY, THE TROPICAL SYSTEM WILL WIN AND WILL STAY SOUTH BEFORE TURNS NORTH, THAT WOULD BE MORE OF A WESTWARD TRACK FOR TURNS OF NORTH. IF THE SYSTEM IS WEAKER, AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT AS HIGH, IS NOT GOING TO FEEL THE IMPACT OF WIND SHEAR AND HIGH PRESSURE, INSTEAD, THE LOW LEVEL OUT OF THE SOUTH WILL HELP TO MAKE IT TURN SOONER, THAT IS KIND OF WHAT THE GFS IS BUYING INTO. WE ARE WATCHING TO SEE HOW THIS EVOLVES IN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS BE PREPARED, HAVING SUPPLIES READY JUST IN CASE, YOU HAVE YOUR HURRICANE KIT READY BECAUSE IT IS HURRICANE SEASON, FLOODING BECOMES AN ISSUE FOR THE AREA, HAVE A PLAN, HAVE A GAME PLAN, GET A GAME PLAN, THAT IS WITH THE STATE ULTIMA 12 THE TIME, STAY WHERE OF COURSE ON CHANNEL 4, SOCIAL MEDIA, PLAY THOSE WHETHER IT IS RIGHT NOW, IT’S TIME TO CALM DOWN, CLOUDS MADE SOME SUNSHINE ON THE NORTH SHORE, HERE 83, FEELS IT DEGREES THERE NORTH LAKE, I’M EXPECTING WERE SCATTERED STORMS YOU PROBABLY THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING, TEACHERS MAY GET BRIEFED ON THE NORTH SHORE VERSUS THE SOUTH SHORE AND YOU WILL SEE TOMORROW, 89, 87 FRIDAY, AND WORST WEEKEND FORECAST AHEAD, 80% CHANCE FOR RAIN AND WIND, LIKELY HUNDRED%, IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHERE THE SYSTEM TRACKS AND WHAT IT DECIDES TO TURN ITSELF TO THE COAST. >>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE ARE BRACE OURSELVES FOR SEVERAL DAYS OF RAIN, YOU HAVE BEEN SENDING PICTURES AND VIDEO ALL MORNING LONG, THANK YOU SO MUCH, WE HAVE MORE FOR YOU NOW, THIS IS NEAR THE CIRCLE, FLOODING THERE AS WELL. IS PRETTY DEEP. THEN THIS IS FLOODING THEM STREET. I’M NOT SURE THIS IS THAT. AS YOU CAN SEE, SOMEBODY IS MAKING LIGHT OF IT. >>I THINK THEY’RE TRYING TO SAY HELLO BUT I CANNOT >>IT’S A BOX. OKAY IT’S A HELLO FRESH BOX . >>70s FOOD IS NOT GOING TO MAKE IT SUMMER . >>THIS IS ELMIRA AND MIDCITY IS YOU CAN SEE THE WATER IS ALMOST UP TO THE PORCH THERE. >>MAN, WELL. >>HERE IS ANOTHER ONE. >>THE ORLEANS METALWORKS ON BROAD STREET, YOU KNOW WHAT? I ACTUALLY HAVE DONE SHOTS IN FRONT OF THEM WITH THE FLOODING THE PAST YEAR OR SO. >>WOW . >>IT NO HAVE GOTTEN WATER BEFORE THERE. >>THAT IS FROM JACK CONKLIN WAS OUT THERE TO THE SUBJECT . >>>ST. MARY WITH 5’5″, THE WATER IS JUST ABOVE MY KNEES AT THE SHORE LITTLE . >>BEEN SO HIGH. >>YEAH, WE ARE SEEING WHAT I WANT THE SUSPECT THE LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT, YOU HAVE SEEN SEVERAL VIDEOS OF OF THE LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT MOVING WITH PRETTY HIGH WATER THERE AS WELL? >>YES, LOOK, I MEAN IT HAS A CURRENT . >>RED. >>ARE. >>TRYING TO MY DOCTORS APPOINTMENT IN OSHAWA AND JEFFERSON HIGHWAY. >>YET, WE HAVE UNTIL YOU GUYS, CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTORS OFFICES, EVEN THEIR OPEN, WE’RE NOT SURE YOU ARE GOING TO BE BECAUSE IT IS SO TOUGH TO DRIVE AROUND, THIS IS MIDCITY AGAIN, WE HAVE SEVERAL VIDEOS OF MIDCITY THIS POINT . >>THIS IS REALLY HIGH WATER. THIS IS THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM YOU REALLY EXPECTING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, IT IS ANYTHING CALM . >>SURE. ST. MARY’S, AND STREET. >>YOU CAN SEE IT LOOKS LIKE THERE IS A BOX FLOATING DOWN THE RIVER. CLINTON STREET THERE AS WELL. >>YES, DEFINITELY LOOKS LIKE A RIVER. AND WE HAVE CHEF ENDOWMENT IN NEW ORLEANS EAST THIS MORNING, THE WATER THERE AS WELL IN THE AREA, PLEASE KEEP PICTURES AND VIDEOS COMING, WE APPRECIATE THEM, BECAUSE YOU GUYS CAN TELL US WHERE TO GET TO AND NOT BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE ARE ALREADY TRYING TO GET TO WORK YOU’RE TRYING TO GIVE YOUR KIDS WHEN YOU DROP THEM UP, SO, JUST KNOW THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS RETRACTED THROUGH . >>WHEN PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET HOME FROM WORK TO . >>SURE. WANT TO GET WITH MEGAN WAS MOVING AROUND THE CITY, CHECKING OUT SOME SPOTS, SHE IS BERNARD ON THE I-10, HELLO . >>Reporter: HEY, GOOD MORNING, YEAH, WE ARE AT ST. BERNARD AVENUE IN NORTH ROBERTSON STREET, YOU ARE BEING A LOT OF THIS MASSIVE FLOODING, DOES NOT LIKE THIS IS GOING TO REALLY GO DOWN ALL. ALTHOUGH THE PUMPS ARE WORKING THAT IS WHEN SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD IN SYNC, I MEAN, THIS WATER IS ALSO TO MY KNEES. IT IS VERY, VERY DEEP. NOW, WE KNOW, WOW. THERE IS A PERSON A KAYAK RIGHT THERE. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, TWO, WOW, OKAY OKAY, KAYAKING IS WE ARE SAYING THE ALL OF THIS CRAZY FLOODING. I JUST, I CAN IMAGINE. SO, AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS A FIRE TRUCK RIGHT HERE, A FIRE TRUCK HERE. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON THE SCENE, BEEN HERE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK FURTHER DOWN ST. BERNARD AVENUE, YOU WILL NOTICE A WHITE SEDAN IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE STALLED OUT IN THIS. DID MEET A MAN EARLIER TODAY, HAD BEEN WARNING MOTORISTS TO THE WAY. AND NOT GO THIS WAY., CAN WE SPEAK WITH YOU REALLY QUICK? >>YES. >>Reporter: KAYAKING? BUT WE WENT UP TO ALMOST ELYSIAN FIELDS DOWN NORTH ROBERTSON TO OUR FRIENDS HOUSE. THAT WE TURNED AROUND AND CAME BACK AND WE ARE TRYING TO THE CORNER STORE. TRUCK YOU ARE TRYING TO PICK UP GROCERIES? >>YES. [ LAUGHTER ]I MEAN, YOU GUYS JUST HAVE IS BECAUSE YOU KNOW HOW BADLY IT FLOODS? YOU JUST HAVE A KAYAK HAND? BUT THEY’RE ACTUALLY HERS AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE GOT THE . >>Reporter: WOW, OKAY, SO, IT WAS GREAT AGE, THE STREETS OF NEW ORLEANS? >>YES, IT’S BEAUTIFUL RIGHT NOW. [ LAUGHTER ]YOU SEE THIS EARLIER, WE WERE PULLING FLURRIES AROUND >>I BET YOU WERE BEING SOME CARS, JUST, YOU KNOW, KAYAKING FROM STREETS. IS THE FIRST THAT WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED VEHICLES. [ LAUGHTER ] ON ST. BERNARD. >>Reporter: THERE ARE NO VEHICLES OR DRIVERS? WHERE EXACTLY HAVE YOU THROUGH THE CITY JUST UP AND DOWN NORTH ROBERTSON. NEAR ELYSIAN FIELDS. >>OKAY, I MEAN, CLEARLY, IS NOT IDEA TO BE DRIVING THIS IS DEEP ENOUGH FOR A KAYAK . >>NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING. [ LAUGHTER ]YOU KNOW . >>Reporter: IT YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO US. >>YES, COMPLETELY. >>Reporter: GUYS, THIS WATER IS DEEPER THAN MY RAIN BOOTS, I JUST TO GET ALL IN MY SHOES. MY GOSH. IS JUST GROSS ON HERE. A BUNCH OF DEBRIS AND TRASH AND EVERYTHING. IS ALL JUST FLOATING. AND, JUST TRASH CANS NOT PEOPLE ARE STILL RUNNING BACK TO THE WATER. IS JUST A GOOD IDEA, YOU SEE THIS DEEP, DEEP, JUST NOT RIGHT FOR YOU GUYS, MOM, DO NOT TRANSFER TO BE INSTALLED, IS NOT SAFE, SO JUST, STAND. DO NOT HAVE TO BE OUT IN THIS TOPIC. STAYED HOME. JUST, TRY TO WORK FROM HOME OR FIGURES IN THE, BUT DO NOT COME THROUGH THESE FLOOD ROADS. I DO WANT TO MENTION THAT YOU SEE THE FIRE TRUCKS BEHIND IT? HEY, HOW ARE YOU DOING? IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN COMING FOR THIS AREA, TRYING TO WORK THIS AREA, AND, I MEAN, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK DOWN THE STREET, YOU CAN’T SEE PEOPLE ARE STRANDED, RIGHT THERE STRANDED AT HIS HOME, BECAUSE I MEAN, THE WATER IS OVERTAKING THIS STREET YOU SEE HER. CHEST, JUST A LOT OF FLOODING THERE AND ST. BERNARD AVENUE. CIRCA WE TALKING? >>YES, GO AHEAD. TRUMP YOU HAD TO MOVE YOUR CAR? WAS IT HIRED? >>HIGHER AND I HAD TO MOVE MY CAR. JUST GOT MY DAY OUT THE DAY BEFORE. MOTHER’S DAY THE WATER WAS LIKE THIS THE SAME WAY. ALL THE WAY IN THE HOUSE. THE WATER CAME ON THE WAY UP YOUR. THIS TIME, IT IS NOT. >>Reporter: REMOTELY TO THIS STEP? BUT YES, JUST WENT OUT, JUST RECEIVED A BACK TO YOU. I LEFT AROUND 6:00 AND THE BRIDGE. >>Reporter: THIS IS STILL REALLY HIGH? BUT I KNOW THAT IS WHAT I AM SAY, GIRL. MISSISSIPPI, THE SECOND TIME IN A MONTH. >>Reporter: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING HERE? >>RIGHT AFTER KATRINA. >>Reporter: RIGHT AFTER KATRINA? WELL, I DON’T FLOOD MOTHER’S DAY, BUT HAS NEVER BEEN LIKE THIS? >>NEVER LIKE THIS, I WOULD SAY 14 OR 25 DURING KATRINA, AFTER KATRINA I MOVED HERE, THE WATER USED TO COME APPEAR BUT NEVER CAME LIKE THIS. I NOTICED IT IS THESE SYSTEMS. >>REPORTER:, A LOT OF YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE IN THE SAME PREDICAMENT AS YOU? THEY ARE STRANDED AT THEIR HOUSE RIGHT NOW? >>YES, MOST OF THEM, MOST OF THEM ARE OLD, SHE GOT STRANDED AND I HAD TO COME GET HER AND I COULD NOT COME GET HER. WE WERE STUCK OUT THERE. >>Reporter: IT SEEMS LIKE YOU GUYS ARE GETTING WAY MORE FLOODING ON THIS SIDE OF ST. BERNARD AVENUE THE OTHER SIDE? BUT YES, THEN THE OTHER SIDE. IT WAS LIKE THIS, GIRL, LET ME TELL YOU, WE STARTED THIS ALL THE OTHER YEARS IT NEVER HAPPENED LIKE THIS. NEVER. EVER. IT NEVER HAPPENED LIKE THIS EVEN WITH KATRINA, THE WATER STOPPED RIGHT THERE. FOR KATRINA. AND WE DO NOT EVEN REALLY HAVE TO LEAVE. TO SLEEP SEPTEMBER 12 WHEN YOU KNOW, THE FLIES AND ALL THE STUFF LIKE THAT, NEVER GOT THIS BED, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND . >>Reporter: YOU ARE SAYING THIS IS WORSE THAN IT WAS FOR KATRINA ON THIS PLOT? >>ON THE SPOT AND THIS IS THE SECOND TIME WITHIN THREE WEEKS. BECAUSE THIS HAPPENED MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND. I HAVE A CAMERA PICTURE I CAN SHOW YOU WORSE THAN THIS ONE. LET ME GET THIS CAMERA. >>Reporter: AS YOU CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, THIS WATER IS JUST, IT IS SO HIGH. IT IS ALMOST UP TO THE — BUT ALL OF MY NEIGHBORS, THEY KNOW WHERE I AM AT. HELLO? >>Reporter: JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE WATER. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN SEE IT IS UP TO PEOPLES DOORS. IT IS ALSO SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND, IF YOU ARE DRIVING THROUGH THIS OR IF YOU LEFT YOUR CAR PARKED OUT IN THIS WATER, A LOT OF TIMES SOME OF THE DEBRIS WILL GET CAUGHT UNDERNEATH YOUR CAR, WE SAW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO, THERE WAS A LOT OF DEBRIS, JUST DRIVING ALONG THE CAR THAT WOULD NOT STARTED WE HAD TO GET OUT OF THE WATER, IT IS JUST A THE TO KEEP IN MIND, YOU KNOW, YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE OUT OF THIS, IT IS NOT, IT IS NOT WORTH IT. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET SOMEWHERE, JUST TURN BACK AROUND IF YOU SEE A FLOODED ROAD LIKE THIS. JUST TRY TO STAY SAFE OUT HERE. BECAUSE IT IS DANGEROUS DRIVING THROUGH THESE A FLOODED ROADS. REPORTING LIVE IN SAINT BERNARD AVENUE, MEGHAN KEE, EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>ALL RIGHT MEGAN, THANK YOU. GOOD MORNING, IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, WE HAVE BEEN CONTINUING COVERAGE HERE REGARDING THE FLOODING. >>YES, WE HAVE A LOT OF RAIN THIS MORNING, WE WERE JUST CHECKING IN WITH DAVE, SEVERAL INCHES, AS MUCH AS 6 INCHES IN LESS THAN THREE HOURS AND SOME PARTS OF THE CITY THIS MORNING, WE ARE REALLY WATCHING FLOODING ALL ACROSS THE AREA . >>IT IS SIMILAR TO THE AUGUST 5 FLOOD WE HAD IN 2017 WHERE WE JUST HAD A SYSTEM SITTING OVER AS. TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF THE VIDEO WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, THIS IS FROM THE FILLMORE AREA NEARBY YOU ST. JOHN. OBVIOUSLY, MANY PEOPLE HERE, I CAME IN LATE TODAY TO WORK, I CAN TELL YOU THAT NEAR THE RIVER ON THE BACKSIDE, WE JUST SAW SAINT BERNARD AVENUE THERE, CLOSER TO THE LAKESIDE, RIVERSIDE IS DRAIN . >>OKAY, GOOD . >>IT IS SAFE AT THIS POINT. IF YOU NEED A DIFFERENT ROUTE, GOING TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GET TODAY, HONESTLY, I THINK THE KEY MESSAGE IS STAY PUT UNTIL EVERYTHING IS DRAIN . >>SURE . >>RIGHT NOW IT IS A MESS. >>THAT IS THE HARD PART, THE HIGH WATER WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING WHERE EVERYBODY IS ON THE I-10 FOR MORE THAN HOUR AT THE BASIN, NEAR CLAIBORNE, SOME AREAS, SOME OF OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE HAD DIFFICULTY TRAVELING EARLIER THIS MORNING. IF YOU MUST GO THE WATER HAS NOT GONE DOWN . >>YES, WE’RE WAITING TO GET MORE CLARITY FROM THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME ISSUES. THERE ARE SOME AREAS OF THE CITY THAT ARE DRAINING, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, WITH LIVE SHOT THAT WE JUST HAD THERE ARE AREAS RIGHT NOW THE WATER IS JUST SITTING. SO, THE PUMPS ARE WORKING, ALL THE PUMPS ARE WORKING, SHOULD BE DRAINING, BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE STILL CERTAIN ISSUES IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE CITY. THERE ARE STILL FLOODING ISSUES . >>IS THE HARD PART, WE SPOKE WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD, IN THE LAST HOUR. HE ASSURED US THAT 118 OF THE 120 PUMPS ARE WORKING AND THOSE ARE A COMPLEX SYSTEM, ALL THE PUMPS ARE OPERATIONAL AT THE SAME TIME, HE JUST SAID THAT WE HAD SO MUCH RAIN THIS MORNING IT WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF A 100 YEAR EVENT AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING THE FLOODING. BUT I DID TELL HIM, VERY FRANKLY, OUR VIEWERS JUST DO NOT BELIEVE THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD ANYMORE. >>THERE IS A TRUST ISSUE RIGHT NOW AND CERTAINLY, WITH THE AMOUNT HER PETITION WE HAVE THESE RAIN EVENTS AND FLOODING EVENTS, IT IS HARD FOR MANY RESIDENTS TO BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING IS WORKING OPERATIONALLY. AND A 100%. >>SURE, AND THAT WE ARE HAVING A 100 YEAR STORM EVERY FIVE MUTTS AT THIS POINT? >>YES . >>IT IS VERY DIFFICULT, WE ARE IN CONTACT WITH THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD AND OTHER CITY OFFICIALS AND ASKING QUESTIONS THAT YOU GUYS ONE ANSWER. RIGHT NOW, WE WANT TO GO LIVE TO DUKE CARTER, HE IS ON AIRLINE DRIVE THIS MORNING, LET’S SEE WHAT HE IS SEEING OVER THERE, HEY, DUKE. >>Reporter: HEY, GOOD MORNING TO YOU, WE ARE HERE ON AIRLINE DRIVE WHERE YOU CAN SEE A BUNCH OF TRAFFIC, A TRAFFIC JAM UP, BACKED UP HERE ON AIRLINE DRIVE. THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE STANDING WATER I SHOULD SAY THAT WE SEE HERE AT AIRLINE DRIVE THAT ELLIE RODEN YOU CAN SEE, YES, YOU HAVE A LOT OF CARS BACKED UP BECAUSE OF THE STANDING WATER. SOME ARE ACTUALLY USING MORE THAN OTHERS, SOME ARE TURNING AROUND AND GOING BACK TO THE DIRECTION AND SOME ARE TAKING THE RISK IN TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE CITY, AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS REALLY HIGH WATER HERE AND SO, THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE CITY, TRYING TO GET TO JEFFERSON HIGHWAY BUT BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE STANDING WATER AND BECAUSE ALL THE BACKUP BECAUSE OF THE AREA WE WENT THROUGH, A LOT OF ROADS ARE BLOCKED OFF, SO, YEAH, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING ON L AND A ROAD AND AIRLINE DRIVE, JUST A LOT OF STANDING WATER, A LOT OF DRIVERS TRYING TO THE DESTINATIONS, GOING INTO THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. SO, AS OF RIGHT NOW, IS WHAT YOU’RE DEALING WITH, JUST, STANDING WATER HERE. SO WE ARE GOING TO SEE IF WE CAN MONITOR THE SITUATION TO SEE IF THE WATER LEVEL RECEIPT, FOR NOW, WE TALKED ABOUT YOU IN THE STUDIO . >>OKAY I THINK YOU VERY MUCH, IF YOU ARE ON AIRLINE DRIVE, GLAD WE ABLE TO SEE THAT, BUT THAT IS NEAR EL AND A ROW THAT WE TAKE TO THE AIRPORT >>YES, IT CERTAINLY IS HAPPENING AND IS SO WIDESPREAD, THE RAIN THIS AFTERNOON. SAID WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE NEW ORLEANS AREA, BECAUSE THAT IS RIGHT HERE. >>SURE . >>JUNCTION PARIS, A LOT OF ROADS ARE CLOSE RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE SOME POWER OUTAGES AS WELL IN ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON PARISH. IT HAS BEEN A MESS FOR A LOT OF FOLKS AS WELL. CERTAINLY BECAUSE OF THE TIMING OF WHEN THIS HAPPENED. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET TO WORK, THERE ARE POWER OUTAGES THIS MORNING IT HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFERENT MORNING FOR A LOT OF FOLKS. NOW, WE ARE DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF PEOPLE NOW TRYING TO GET TO WORK, THERE IS A BOTTLENECK SITUATION WITH CERTAIN AREAS LIKE AIRLINE HIGHWAY, TWO MAIN AVENUE, WE HAVE NOT SEEN AN AREA OF FRANKLIN AVENUE, WHICH ALWAYS FLOODS. >>ALWAYS. YES. >>WILL BE SITUATION WITH THE NEXT FEW HOURS. UNTIL YOU GET THE GOES BACK TO THE CORE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD. AGAIN, THERE ARE CERTAIN PARTS CITY THAT ARE DRAINING, AND THAT WE ARE STILL SEEING OTHER PARTICIPANT >>SURE, I KNOW PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHAT THEY DO WHEN THEY EXPECT TO REALLY BE HERE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS? THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE, A QUESTION TO GET IT FIXED? BUT YES, AS WE ARE WATCHING THE TOPICS TO SEE WITH THIS IS GOING TO DO IN THE GULF, I THINK THIS IS A VERY GOOD EARLY LESSON FOR A LOT OF FOLKS TO GET THROUGH HERE BECAUSE A LOT OF US, LIKE MYSELF THIS MORNING I GOT UP AND RAN OUTSIDE, GOT MY DINGY HATCHBACK OUT, BECAUSE I NEEDED TO GET AROUND, THE WATER WAS COMING UP FAST AND I HAD TO GET MY WIFE’S CAR OUT TOO, TO GET TO HIGHER GROUND. BUT, THIS IS A GOOD KIND OF, SAY, DRY RUN. >>SURE . >>IT’S TIME TO PREPARE FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING, BECAUSE WE DO NOT EXACTLY KNOW HOW MUCH RAIN IS GOING TO COME WITH THIS SYSTEM. OFFICER, OUR LOCAL WEATHER EXPERTS WILL HAVE MORE THAT. >>CERTAINLY, AND SO MANY PEOPLE FOR ALREADY DEALING WITH FLOODING WITH HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND SOME PEOPLES CARS ARE ALREADY RUINED. WE HAVE SEEN LOTS OF THEM UNDERWATER THIS MORNING. >>YES, I THINK WE HAVE VIDEO RIGHT NOW FROM THE CIRCLE FOODS STORE ON SAINT BERNARD AVENUE. NEAR THE AREA WHERE WE WERE JUST TALKING TO MEGHAN KEE . >>THAT’S RIGHT MEGHAN KEE IS FURTHER DOWN THE STREET ON ST. BERNARD, BUT SHE IS AT THE OTHER END, CLOSER TO THE CIRCLE SITTING AT CLAIBORNE. I MEAN, THESE IMAGES ARE HUNTING BECAUSE THEY KIND OF LOOK LIKE THE CIRCLE OF LIFE AFTER KATRINA . >>VERY REMINISCENCE OF BEING ON THE I-10 RAMP LOOKING DOWN RIGHT AT THE CIRCLE FOODS STORE. THAT MONDAY . >>AND SUCH AN ICONIC LANDMARK . >>AGAIN, IT IS, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO BE CAREFUL AND YOU ALSO WANT TO JUST, BE CERTAIN THAT THIS IS NOT A KATRINA EVENT AND THERE’S A BURST OF ADMINISTRATIVE HOURS OF RAIN . >>IT IS SCARY. TO SEE THE HIGH FLOODING IN THAT SHORT A TIME. >>ALL RIGHT, WE APPRECIATE YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SENDING IN YOUR PICTURES, WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF THE LOOK OF THE AREA, THIS IS WESTWEGO, MARY WE’VE NOT SEEN MUCH OF THIS THANK YOU FOR SENDING THIS IN, HIGH WATER THERE, LOOKS LIKE THIS OUT OF THE RIVER. IS ALSO THE WEST BANK WITH MICHELLE, I HOPE I PRONOUNCING THIS RIGHT, THIS IS MARRERO, TAKING A LOOK AT HER VIDEO FROM OUT OF HER WINDOW. CERTAINLY THIS IS WHAT A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING THIS MORNING. A LOT OF PEOPLE INSIDE, JUST KEEPING AN EYE AND A VERY, VERY CAREFUL EYE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THEIR STREET. THAT HAS BEEN THE SITUATION FOR A LOT OF FOLKS IS >>YES, IS UNLIVABLE TO SEE HOW HIGH THE WATER IS IN SOME OF THESE PLACES. ESPECIALLY, WHEN YOU GET A REFERENCE LIKE A TRUCKER A POLE THAT YOU CAN TELL JUST HOW HIGH IT IS. >>YES, IT IS INTERESTING THIS COMMENT ON HERE, IT IS ALWAYS A 100 YEAR STORM IN JEFFERSON. I THINK, YOU KNOW, THE REPETITIVE NATURE OF THIS, CERTAINLY, I THINK THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SINCE THE AUGUST 5 FLOOD, I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE MORE AWARE OF IT? I’M NOT SURE IF WE ARE SEEING MORE RAIN? BUT I THINK PEOPLE ARE MORE COGNIZANT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE DRAINAGE AROUND THE . >>SURE . >>MAYBE THAT IS A FUNCTION OF THEM PAYING MORE ATTENTION, BUT COULD BE A FUNCTION OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THE CITY. AND HONESTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING TO JEFFERSON PARISH AS WELL. >>RIGHT, DOES SEEM LIKE WE ARE SEEING FLOODING MORE OFTEN AND IN AREAS THAT DID NOT FLOOD FOR KATRINA. WE HAVE SOME DAMAGE NOW NEAR THE BAYOU ST. JOHN AREA, LET’S TAKE A LOOK HERE, THIS LOOKS TERRIFIC >>YES, YOU KNOW, I THINK DAVE WILL KIND OF GIVES MORE CLARITY AND A FINER POINT WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHAT HAPPENED BUT, YOU KNOW, WE SAW THE VIDEO OF THE WATER SPOUT EARLIER TODAY. THIS IS IT’S, IT’S HARD TO SAY. IT, THERE IS A LEAST A LOT OF WIND DAMAGE IN THE AREA OF BAYOU ST. JOHN WE ARE LOOKING AT . >>YES, ASSEMBLY, WE DID HAVE CALLERS AND EMAILS ON CHANTILLY AND LAKEVIEW SING ALONG THE SEEING HOW LONG THE DAMAGE IS AROUND THE AREA. WE KNOW THE WATER SPOUT WAS ON THE LAKE. AS FAR AS WE DO WE DO NOT TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA. >>THAT IS COMPOUNDING WHAT WE ARE SEEING ON THE GROUND WITH THE WATER AND FLOODING SITUATION. AND HAVING THIS KIND OF, PERHAPS THE POTENTIAL TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN, CERTAINLY IN THERE, WHETHER IT IS A 20 OR NOT, THERE CERTAINLY IS DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AND PROPERTY AT THIS POINT. HEART CONSULTANT. SONY PEOPLE DEALING WITH HIGH WATER, FLOODING IN CERTAIN AREAS AND DAMAGE. PEOPLE PREPARING FOR ANOTHER STORM JUST A FEW DAYS. BUT I THINK IT IS THING APPROACHES. YOU KNOW, WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT HOW INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HOLD UP YOU KNOW, TO GET PEOPLE PERSPECTIVE. THIS WAS A 2-3 OUR RAIN EVENT. WE GIVE A GOOD DOSE OF RAIN. WE COULD SEE EXTENDED PERIODS OF RAIN. IT SETTLED DOWN RIGHT NOW. SEEING THE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC THERE. IF WE CANNOT HANDLE WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE CANNOT HANDLE OUT TOO MUCH THREE OR >>>THIS, IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE WE ARE ABLE TO HANDLE EXTENDED PERIODS OF RAIN FOR HOURS ON END MAYBE WITH CONSECUTIVE DAYS AS WELL. THAT WILL BE A CHALLENGE, SOMETHING I THINK THE CITY AND PARISH OFFICIALS HAVE TO BE MINDFUL ABOUT AND WE HAVE NOT EVEN TOUCHED ON THE SITUATION WITH THE RIVER BECAUSE IT WAS A LOT OF FLUCTUATION WITH THE RIVER THE GAUGE LEVELS. THAT THEY WERE ALREADY HIGH. SOMETHING WE ARE ALREADY AWARE. LET’S GET DAVE TO WEIGH IN MORE THAT. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW HIGH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVELS WERE BEFORE THE STORM WAS HERE . >>IT IS RIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE POTENTIALLY INTERNING CONCERNING NUMBERS HERE. WITH RESPECT TO THE SEARCH,. WILL TALK TO THEM JUST A SECOND. STARTING AT THE BEGINNING HERE, A POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE, FANCY TERM FOR TROPICAL SYSTEM, HOW ABOUT THAT? THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW, IT IS GOING TO SIT JUST SOUTH OF PANAMA CITY DESTINED FOR FLORIDA, NOT VERY ORGANIZED, LARGE CIRCULATION WITH THIS, A SMALLER CIRCULATION, WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON IS THE UPPER LEVEL LOW HELP AND GIVE US THE RAIN THIS MORNING. HAVE A SURFACE LEVEL TRYING TO FORM WHERE THE LOW CURRENTLY IS LOCATED ONCE THEY BECOME STACKED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER THAT IS WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO BE BETTER ORGANIZED THAT WILL HAPPEN LATER TODAY WITH THE TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMED BY. THE WIND RIGHT NOW, THE WEST SOUTHWEST TODAY EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY TONIGHT, IT WILL STAY TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVERNIGHT INTO TOMORROW CONTINUALLY GETTING BETTER ORGANIZED. NOW, WE DO HAVE I SAW MYSELF CLOCKING INTO, 35 MILE-PER-HOUR WINDS, IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND THURSDAY,, TROPICAL STORM BARRY WHICH WE DID EXPECTED TO DO AS WELL TOO, THAT CONTINUES TO BE STRENGTHENING OVERNIGHT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY MORNING. A STRONG TROPICAL STORM BECOMING A DEGREE ONE HURRICANE SATURDAY. IT SITS JUST OFF OF THE SOUTH LOUISIANA COASTLINE HERE, WINDS AROUND 85 MILES PER HOUR, THAT MOVES ON, LANDFALL LATE SATURDAY INTO THE EVENING HOURS, THIS IS AT 1:30 THE MORNING ON SUNDAY, THAT WILL LIKELY BE A BORDERLINE CATEGORY ONE OR CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE, WORKS ITS WAY TOWARDS JENNINGS OR MORE TOWARDS THE LAKE CHARLES AREA HERE, CONTINUES TO TRACK TOWARD SHREVEPORT AND BEYOND AS WE HEAD INTO SUNDAY AND MONDAY. THAT IS WHERE THE CENTER OF THE CONE IS, WE KNOW BETTER THAN TO FIND THE NORTHERN CENTER IS THE ENTIRE COURT WHICH STRETCHES ALL THE WAY BEYOND HOUSTON NEAR COLUMBUS AND TEXAS ON THE WAY TO HERE IN NEW ORLEANS. SO, THIS DOES NOT COUNT FOR THE FORECAST MODEL, SOME OF THEM ARE TRYING TO TURN IT IN SOONER, OTHERS ARE TRYING TO TURN LATER, THAT IS WHERE YOU GET YOUR CONE FROM THAT LOCATION. I HAVE THE CENTERLINE OF COURSE YOU CANNOT JUST FOLLOW THAT. THIS WOULD BE A WIDESPREAD SYSTEM AS WELL. IS GOING TO ALLOW US TO GET IMPACT NOT JUST FROM THE CENTER BUT NOT COMING OVER TOP OF US BUT IT IS BAD WE ARE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STORM WHICH MEANS ALL THE HEAVY RAIN POTENTIALLY COULD COME HERE DEPENDING EXACTLY WHERE THIS SYSTEM ENDS UP GOING. IF IT IS A MORE EASILY TRACKED, REALLY HEAVY RAIN OVER TOP OF THIS, WESTERLY TRACK, THERE WILL BE THE BULK OF THE HEAVY RAIN FARTHER TO THE WEST. WE STILL GOING TO GET HEAVY RAIN TO THE RAIN TOTALS WILL BE MUCH LESS IF THAT IS THE CASE WITH THE WESTWARD TRACK. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ALL THE WAY TO MORGAN CITY AND WE DO HAVE A STORM SURGE WATCH IN EFFECT HERE, IT DOES INCLUDE THE NORTH SHORE OR THE SOUTH SHORE HERE METRO AREAS ON THE WAY DOWN. BASICALLY, THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER THE MORGAN CITY AS WELL TOO. THIS IS WHEN YOU COULD STILL SEE SOME STORM SURGE OUT THERE. ONE THING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WITH THE SEARCH OF OF THE RIVER, OFFICIALLY DOES THIS AND A LOT OF TIMES THE RIVER IS VERY LOW AND SO WE BARELY NOTICE. RIGHT NOW IS AT 16 FEET HERE, LOOK AT THIS, THE FORECAST SHOW BRIEFLY 20 FEET HERE BY SATURDAY MORNING AROUND 10:00 SANDS DROPPING BACK DOWN HERE WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME A COUPLE HOURS LATER. THAT WOULD BE THE STORM SURGE. THING IS THE LEVY PROTECTS US TO 20 FEET. TICKETS TO THE TEMPLE OF HIS. NEVER HAS A 74. USUALLY IT’S MUCH LOWER SO YOU GET THREE OR FOUR OR FIVE FOOT SURGE. THE RIVER IS SO LOW. AND S. A POTENTIAL WE ARE ADDING TO ABOUT 20 FEET AT THE CARROLLTON GAUGE NEW ORLEANS. SO, I’M NOT SAYING IS GOING OVER THE TOP OF THE LEVIES BUT WE ARE DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO THE LEVEL AT THIS POINT. SO, WE ARE WATCHING THAT, THEY GOT TO THIS NUMBER BY TALKING TO THE HURRICANE CENTER, LOOKING AT STORM SURGE PROTECTION OUT THERE, THE FORECAST OF THE ARMY CORPS ALTOGETHER AND THESE ARE THE NUMBERS THEY GET TOGETHER WITH. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A HURRICANE WORKING ITS WAY JUST SOUTH OF US AND ALL OF THE ONSHORE FLOW THE MOISTURE COMING IN, IS GOING TO HELP GIVE US A STORM SURGE. ONE GOOD THING I GUESS IS IT THE STORM IS PRETTY CLOSE TO THE NORTHERN GULF COAST AREA SO WE DO NOT HAVE IT PUSHING WATER AWAY FROM THE SOUTHERN PART OF NORTHERN GULF ROW BUT STILL, FOUR FEET IS GOING TO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE ON THE RIVER FOR US, WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THIS SPRING, WITH THE RIVER IS NOT DOWN WITH THE HURRICANE WHEN IT COMES? WELL, NOW THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT COMING TO FRUITION, WE DID WATCH THAT, YOU SEE A FLOOD WARNING ON THE RIVER SO WE KEEP WATCH THIS VERY CLOSELY, FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT TILL TOMORROW NIGHT, IS ACTUALLY AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUS FORAGES RAIN POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA, A LOT OF WHICH MANY OF YOU ALREADY GOT, THE IMPACT WE ARE LOOKING AT SIX IT IS 12 INCHES OF RAIN FROM THIS SYSTEM, THERE IS THE FORECAST WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, COASTAL FLOODING STORM SURGE, IS FOUR FEET, AT LEAST AT THIS POINT, THAT MAY CHANGE WITH THE NEW UPDATES COMING LATER ON ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE THE STORM SURGE MODEL RUNNING IN GIVING US UPDATES THERE, AT LEAST 2-4 FEET RIGHT NOW, THE WINDS 26 MILES PER HOUR, 20 INLAND, NOT TOO BAD, WE HAVE GUSTY WENT AND FINISHED THIS MORNING, $60 COASTAL AREA, SO, YOU WILL BE CLOSER TO THE CENTER OF THE CIRCULATION, TORNADOES, YESTERDAY WILL BE POSSIBLE YOU WILL BE IN THE SWEET SPOT AND IS WHERE YOU CAN GET SOME OF THE TORNADOES FORM, NOW, RAIN TOTALS, 5-4, THREE IT IS THERE, WE DO SEE THOUGH SHOWERS KIND OF TAPERING OFF A LITTLE BIT THERE AS WE GO FORWARD AND WE CONTINUE TO SEE RAIN MOVING OUT AND DOWNPOURS COMING FOR YOU, FLASH FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES OUT THERE TO ONE QUARTER 45 1:45, THERE STILL A THREAT FOR A FEW TORNADOES TODAY, LEVEL I, MARGINAL RISK AND PLAY FOR THAT, YOU CAN BE THE CIRCULATION WITH THIS STORM AND EVENTUALLY THE SMALLER CIRCULATION ONCE THIS GETS BETTER ORGANIZED. YOUR FORECAST MODEL BY THE WAY, NEW STORMS ARE DEVELOPING TO THE WEST BY 3:00, THEN TONIGHT, NEWER ONES COME IN FROM THE EAST. SO, WE HAVE TO MAYBE HAVE ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN LATER TONIGHT AND THEN THOSE TAPER OFF OVERNIGHT INTO TOMORROW. THAT WE START SEEING THOSE BANDS OF RAIN AND CLOUDS COMING IN FROM WHAT WILL BE BARRY AS WE HEADED TO THE THURSDAY TIMEFRAME THURSDAY THAT ALL THE WAY TO FRIDAY. SOME OF THOSE DOWNPOURS ARE COMING IN. HEAVIEST RAIN MAY NOT BE COMING IN UNTIL WE GET TO SATURDAY FROM THIS SYSTEM, SO, CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT HERE. WHAT WE KNOW NOW, IN THE NORTHEAST GOLF, THE DEPRESSION BY TOMORROW, WE FIND THE SYSTEM LATER TODAY TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION AND FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND, THAT IS WHEN LANDFALL SHOULD OCCUR OVER THE WEEKEND WITH THE HEAVIEST RAIN FRED WORK ITS WAY TOWARDS US, MOVING OVER VERY WARM WATER AND THAT WILL ALLOW THE SYSTEM TO GET A LITTLE UPDATED, BY THE WAY, HERE’S THE NEWEST GFS MODEL IT KIND OF TAKES A SOUTH OF THE COAST FRIDAY MORNING, THEN IT KIND OF SITS THERE A DAY OR TWO, THEN IT STARTS MOVING NORTH, A LITTLE BIT MORE TOWARDS THE EAST, THEN SOME OF THE OTHER MODELS, HAVE THE HEAVIEST RAIN HERE SUNDAY, OVER TOP OF US THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THAT COULD GET A LITTLE ROUGH VERSUS THE EUROPEAN MODEL LATER TODAY, THAT ONE WILL HELP BRING US WITH HEAVY RAIN BUT NOT UNTIL LATER ON. YOU WILL SEE HER EARLY AROUND, SATURDAY, THEN THIS SYSTEM IS MORE TO THE WEST. THAT IS WHERE KEEP THE BULK OF THE HEAVY RAIN. SO, THAT WILL BE GREAT NEWS FOR US IS HIGH PRESSURE KIND OF MOVES THE STRONGER SYSTEM IN THE GULF LONGER AND THAT IS WHERE THE EUROPEAN MODEL IS GOING AND THAT WILL BE GOOD NEWS FOR US. BASICALLY FOR TODAY, WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NORTH SCATTERED STORM, SAME THING FOR THURSDAY AND FOR THE WEEKEND, YES, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HEAVY RAIN AND THE WIND OUT THERE SO BE READY FOR THOSE CHANGES TO COME AND EVEN PARTICIPATE CHANGES IN THE FORECAST TRACK. >>MUCH FOR THE UPDATE, WE ARE GETTING UPDATE RIGHT NOW FROM CITY OFFICIALS. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT GOING ON THIS MORNING, THEY STRESSED AGAIN THAT WE HAVE ALMOST 8 INCHES OF RAIN IN SOME PLACES IN LESS THAN THREE HOURS. WHICH WILL CAUSE THE SITUATION TO WORSEN THIS MORNING, THEY SENT US AN EMAIL THERE WERE 250 EMERGENCY CALLS . >>A LOT OF CALLS THIS MORNING WITH THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE ROADS. STUCK THEIR HOMES TO GO TRYING TO GET TO WORK. THIS IS THE SITUATION. OBVIOUS THAT IS GOING TO BE ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES AGAIN, WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE COME IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE OUTSIDE OR ON THE ROADS RIGHT NOW, IT IS BEST TO JUST WAIT AND GET THOSE STREETS CLEARED FIRST . >>SURE. >>AND HAVE THE PUMPS CATCH UP. BECAUSE IT IS QUITE A MESS OUT THERE. >>YES, WE HAVE BEEN SHOWING SOME OF THAT, WE STILL HAVE POWER OUTAGES IN MANY AREAS, MORE THAN 10,000 POWER OUTAGES IN NEW ORLEANS, THE LAST CHECK IN JEFFERSON THERE WERE ABOUT 75 POWER OUTAGES THERE, CITY HALL WAS CLOSED THIS MORNING. >>THE LIBRARY. >>THE LIBRARIES, ALL THESE AGENCIES, THERE IS REALLY NOWHERE TO GO. SO, IF YOU CAN STAY HOME, AS HE WAS SAYING, YOU REALLY SHOULD. AND THE CITY DID BRING UP ANOTHER EMAIL THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE TAKING PHOTOS OF ANY DAMAGE, OF COURSE THAT YOU ENCOUNTER SEE YOU CAN HANDLE THAT WITH YOUR INSURANCE, . >>YES. THERE WAS A GOOD AMOUNT OF FLOODED CARS. ON THE WAY IT WORKED IT APPEARED THAT IS GOING TO BE OBVIOUSLY, A CERTAIN LEVEL OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, OBVIOUSLY YOU CANNOT HANDLE OR PLACE ANY BLAME ON THE CITY AT THIS POINT. WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING UNTIL WE GET MORE CLARITY ABOUT WHAT THE SITUATION OF THE INFRASTRUCTURES. IF YOU DO HAVE DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR, YOUR PROPERTY, IT IS BEST TO TAKE ALL OF THOSE DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOS RIGHT NOW AND PICTURE YOU PUT A TIMESTAMP ON THOSE PHOTOS TOO. JUST SO YOUR INSURANCE KNOWS IT IS ACCURATE FOR THE DATA THE TIMING OF THE EVENT . >>THAT IS GREAT ADVICE. SOME PEOPLE ARE SO OVERWHELMED, THEY JUST WAKE UP SHOCKED AND FORGET THEY ACTUALLY WILL HAVE TO DO WITH US FOR A COUPLE DAYS. WE HAVE BEEN SHOWING YOU THE FLOODING AROUND THE AREA, HOPEFULLY ENCOURAGING YOU TO STAY WHEREVER YOU ARE, FOR THOSE OF US IT IS MEASURABLE, LET’S GET BACK TO MEGHAN KEE WHO IS AT ST. BERNARD NEAR THE I-10 NEAR THE CIRCLE FOOD STORE. HELLO. >>Reporter: HEY, GOOD MORNING SHEBA, WE ARE HERE AT ST. BERNARD AVENUE AND CLAIBORNE, YOU KNOW, THERE IS STILL A LOT OF FLOODING HERE AS YOU CAN SEE. WE KNOW THAT THIS FLOODING HAS BEEN WIDESPREAD FROM THIS MORNING’S A THUNDERSTORM, IT SEEMS THIS AREA HAS NOT GONE DOWN AT ALL. NOT WITH ANY FLOODING. WE KNOW 118 OF THE 120 SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD PUMPS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING. THIS AREA HAS NOT SEEN ANY RELIEF. NOW, THIS IS ONE SIDE OF ST. BERNARD AVENUE WHERE WE ARE STILL SEEING A BRUNT OF FLOODING AND EFFECT AS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT THESE CARS, YOU CAN SEE HOW HIGH UP THE WATER IS ON THE TIRES OF THESE CARS. YOU CAN SEE THE SMALL SEDANS, A LOT OF CARS SOLD OUT WHEN THEY TRY TO GO THROUGH THE DEEPWATER, WE ALWAYS TELL YOU NOT TO DRIVE THROUGH DEEP STANDING WATER BECAUSE YOUR CAR CAN STALL OUT, IF IT IS RUSHING WATER, YOU CAN GET DRIFTED OUT, IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. ALSO, PEOPLE THAT ARE DRIVING FAST THROUGH IT LIKE THIS TRUCK AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS PUSHING THE WATER INTO BUSINESSES LIKE THE CIRCLE FOOD STORE RIGHT HERE, THAT WATER IS KIND OF MOVING LIKE A WAVE FORM AND GETTING PUSHED INTO SOME PEOPLES HOMES, I DID SEE A TWEET THE NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE TICKETING PEOPLE THAT DRIVE THROUGH THE STANDING WATER FASTER THAN FIVE MILES AN HOUR BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY AND OTHER PEOPLES HOMES. I AM JOINED BY MICHAEL PALLET AND HE IS COMING FROM NEW ORLEANS EAST THIS MORNING TRYING TO GET TO UPTOWN. HE HAD A U-HAUL AND YOU CANNOT MAKE IT? BUT NO, I DID NOT WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE, THIS IS RIDICULOUS, NO? WE HAVE SO MUCH FEMA MONEY TO FIX THE SEWER SYSTEM. I THINK EIGHT YEARS THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD, I MEAN, TO FIX THE SYSTEM, STILL, HE DID NOT DO THE PROPER THING, MANAGING THE FEMA MONEY, NOW THE NEW MAYOR CANTRELL GOT THIS DUMPED ON HER LAP AND SHE’S TRYING TO FIGHT FOR OUR FAIR SHARE AND SHE MIGHT GET A LUMP SUM OF MONEY WE ARE TRYING TO GET A FAIR SHARE OF THE HOTEL AND MOTEL TAX MONEY SO WE CAN REALLY INVEST IN THE CITY. SOME OF THE MONEY COMES TO NEW ORLEANS AND THROUGH NEW ORLEANS AND THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LEFT WITH, WE LIVE WITH THIS, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THIS IS LIKE VENICE OUT HERE, EVERYBODY NEED A BOATER SOME THIS IS LIKE SAID, REALLY SAD. >>Reporter: YOU ARE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE? BUT BEFORE KATRINA, THIS DID NOT HAVE. AFTER KATRINA, IT FLOODS ON A DRIZZLE. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. WE CANNOT EVEN HAVE HURRICANE SEASON. THE HURRICANE COMES NOW, WAS WHAT HAPPENED? YOU KNOW? SO, — >>Reporter: WE DO HAVE A TROPICAL STORM IN ITS WAY IN JUST A FEW DAYS, THIS IS NOT EVEN THIS. THIS IS JUST HEAVY RAIN FROM HOURS OF HEAVY RAIN TODAY. >>WOW. THIS IS AMAZING. THIS IS NOT NEW ORLEANS, THIS IS NEW NEW ORLEANS FOR REAL. IS NOT THE NEW ORLEANS I GREW UP WITH. >>Reporter: NUMBER OF THE PUMPS ARE WORKING, THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD IS WORKING RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN SEE IT IS NOW IT IS WORKING IN THIS AREA. >>THEY CAN SAY IT IS WORKING BUT THE PROVISIONALLY PUTTING. IS NOT WORKING AT ALL. YOU CAN SEE THE WATER FLOWING ON THE STREETS OF DATABASES. ANY RAIN, ANYTHING HAPPENING, IS JUST RIDICULOUS, YOU HAVE CARS FLOODING, WHERE IT NEVER FLOODED BEFORE. THEY REPAVED STREETS, STILL FLOODING. >>IS WORTH IT BEFORE. IT IS GROSS. >>Reporter: WHAT YOU PLAN ON DOING? YOU’RE TRYING TO MOVE THINGS TODAY, CLEARLY YOU CANNOT GET TO YOUR DESTINATION, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN? >>I’M SITTING IT OUT, THIS AREA, YOU’RE TRYING TO REDEVELOP THIS, TRYING TO FIND SOME THE NEED, NO? I WAS TRY TO GET SOMETHING TO DRINK OR SOMETHING FOR REAL. TRYING TO GET A MARGARITA OR SOMETHING, THAT IS LIKE COULD DO WAS STAND OUT, CHILL OUT, NO? WE JUST CHILL UNTIL WE WRITE IT OUT AND HOPEFULLY IT GETS DONE. TO THANK YOU SO MUCH, MICHAEL. ALSO, I AM JOINED BY OUR ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR MICHAEL BEING HERE WITH WW L. MICHAEL HAD HIS CAR START SMOKING. >>YES, OVERHEATED A LITTLE BIT. ON MY WAY AND. TRAFFIC WAS STOPPED, IT TOOK ME A COUPLE OF HOURS JUST TO GET THIS FAR, CAME FROM THE EAST. ON THE 10. AND PARKED UP HERE WITH A LOT OF FOLKS AND YES, WE OVERHEATED. THERE IS A LOT OF STOP AND GO, A LOT OF WAITING. AND, YOU KNOW, THAT IS HOW IT IS. WHEN THERE IS WATER ON THE ROAD, YOU STOP, YOU TRY TO GET THROUGH IT, IF YOU CAN HELP IT, I GOTTA TELL YOU, WE HAVE BEEN HERE NOW IN THE SPOT OVER AN HOUR, MAYBE AN HOUR AND A HALF? THE WATER IS NOT GOING DOWN HERE. SO, WE ARE STOPPED, WE ARE STUCK, WE ARE KIND OF WAITING IT OUT, MY APOLOGIES TO MY BOSS KEITH . >>, YOU KNOW, CLEARLY THERE IS AN ISSUE RIGHT HERE AT THIS INTERSECTION, WE ARE ALL STUCK, UNLESS YOU HAVE A HIGH CLEARANCE FOR YOU, YOU WERE KNOCKING THROUGH YOUR. PERIOD. >>Reporter: JUST FOR EVERYBODY THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SEEN COME THROUGH HERE, I’M SURE YOU’RE SING A LOT, I HAVEN’T SEEN A LOT OF CARS COME THROUGH THIS AREA THAT CLEARLY ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH THIS LEVEL OF WATER. >>YES, YOU CAN SEE, I THINK SHE WAS SHOWING A COUPLE OF CARS BEHIND YOU, THEY TRIED TO MAKE IT THROUGH AND IT DID NOT. AND, THAT IS WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE WAITING IT OUT, THAT IS WHY I AM WAITING IT OUT, YOU HAVE PICKUP TRUCKS AND LARGER CLEARANCE VEHICLES, HERE IS ONE COMING UP HERE PULLING A CAMPER. YOU KNOW, HE WILL PROBABLY MAKE IT. BUT, SOME OF THESE SMALLER SEDANS, THEY ARE JUST NOT GOING TO. THEY JUST CANNOT. AND, THAT IS WHY WE ARE STOPPING, YOU SEE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR SOME OF THESE FOLKS WHO DID NOT STOP. >>Reporter: NEW ORLEANS POLICE, THEY START TO THE PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THIS, YOU KNOW, THIS DEEP STANDING WATER FASTER THAN FIVE MILES PER HOUR BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE IT CAUSES TO OTHER BUILDINGS PUSHING WATER THE HOUSES AND THINGS LIKE THAT . >>WELL, I CANNOT SPEAK TO THAT. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I HAVE NOT BEEN LOOKING AT THE WAKE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CREATED. I AM MORE WORRIED ABOUT MY OWN MISERY. AND THE FOLKS AROUND US. EVERYBODY HAS GOOD HUMOR, BUT YOU KNOW, HONESTLY? PEOPLE ARE REALLY FED UP, I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO FOLKS TALKING AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY. THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT MAYOR CANTRELL, THE FORMER MAYOR ANDREW, THERE IS TENSION HERE, THEY ARE TAKING WITH A GRAIN OF SALT, BUT BELIEVE ME, THEY WILL REMEMBER THIS, THEY WILL REMEMBER THIS. >>OH YEAH, THANK YOU, MICHAEL. SO, RIGHT NOW, WE ARE JUST CONTINUING TO MONITOR FLOODING HERE IN THE AREA AS WELL AS CITYWIDE. IF YOU HAVE ANY PICTURES OR VIDEO, OF ANY FLOODING YOU SEE IN YOUR AREA, MAKE SURE TO SEND IT TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITE AND TO WWLTV.COM, SOCIAL MEDIA, FACEBOOK, YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL US AS WELL, REPORTING LIVE ON CLAIBORNE, MEGHAN KEE, EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>THANK YOU. A LOT GOING ON THAT PICTURE . >>A LOT GOING ON. I APPRECIATE THAT SHE IS TALKING TO PEOPLE AND CAPTURING FRUSTRATION. PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED >>YOU KNOW, THE MANAGER SPOKE WITH, I THINK HE SAID RIGHT THERE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND HYDROLOGY OR METEOROLOGY OR DRAINAGE. I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE ASSESSING THAT IF YOU CANNOT HANDLE A 2-3 A RAIN EVENTS, IT WILL FLOOD TO A CERTAIN LEVEL. BUT, AGAIN, WE HAVE THIS APPROACHING SYSTEM IN THE GULF AT THIS POINT. IF YOU CANNOT HANDLE 2-3 HOURS MORNING, WHAT CAN YOU DO DURING A TRUE HURRICANE? AND A TRUE, TORNADO EVENT AS WELL? THOSE ARE FACTORS THAT I THINK THE CITY HAS TO CONSIDER AT THIS POINT. NOT JUST THE CITY BUT JEFFERSON PARISH AND ALL OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS. IF YOU CANNOT HANDLE THIS TYPE OF RAIN, ARE YOU GOING TO DO IN A TRUE STORM HITS? >>SURE. WE HEARD FROM SEVERAL LIFELONG RESIDENTS OF PEOPLE HAVE LIVED HERE FOR DECADES, THEY NOTICE THE DIFFERENCES. AS WE SAID, TO BE AN EXPERT, RIGHT? YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOING ON BUT IF YOU LIVE IN AREA HAS NEVER FLOODED AND NOW, THE PAST TWO YEARS AND HAS BEEN THREE TIMES. >>YES, WE JUST SAW OUR NEWS DIRECTOR MICHAEL DEAN WHO IS RELATIVELY NEW IN THE AREA AND HE IS GETTING INDOCTRINATED NOW TOO HOW IMPORTANT DRAINAGE AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS TO THE WHOLE OF THE REGION, NOT JUST NEW ORLEANS. BUT SLIDELL AND HE’S TRYING TO GET TO WORK. NOW YOU HAVE THIS KIND OF WALL OF WATER IN TERMS OF ON THE STREET, JUST THE GRIDLOCK YOU ARE SEEING TOO. AND, AS PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET AROUND, WE SHOULD POINT OUT THAT YOU KNOW, IN THE FLOODED AREAS, RIGHT NOW THEY ARE SUSPENDING SERVICE OF THOSE FLARES. >>WE ACTUALLY SAW WATER ON A BUS. PEOPLE WITH THEIR FEET UP SO THEY DO NOT GET ONE OF THE BUS. >>SO, LET’S GO OUT TO DUKE CARTER ON AIRLINE HIGHWAY, WE HAVE TALKING ABOUT ORLEANS THERE. LET’S CHECK IN WITH DUKE TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN JEFFERSON PARISH THERE. DO? >>Reporter: HELLO, YES, WE ARE HERE ON AIRLINE HIGHWAY ON L AND A ROAD, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH, A RAINSTORM EARLIER AT THIS POINT. TO PAINT A PICTURE WE WERE TRYING TO GET TO JEFFERSON HIGHWAY. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE SEEING HERE. STANDING WATER UNDERNEATH THE UNDERPASS TAKE YOU TO EARHART EXPRESSWAY. YOU CANNOT GET THROUGH BECAUSE OF THE STANDING WATER HERE. AS YOU CAN SEE, DRIVERS ARE FRUSTRATED AND GOING AROUND, OTHERS ARE SPEEDING THROUGH, NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING TO DO, WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER DRIVERS DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, TAKING IT SLOW AND GOING SLOWLY ACROSS COME YOU DO NOT WANT TO PUSH THE WATER ELSEWHERE. WE DID CATCH UP WITH DRIVERS OUT HERE TRYING TO GET TO THE DESTINATION AND THEY SHOWED US VERY BRIEFLY THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. YES, YOU ARE SEEING FLOODING OUT HERE SPECIFICALLY ALONG AIRLINE DRIVE. WHEN THEY’RE OUT HERE, THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BACKED UP THE WAY THEY HAVE SEEN WHAT A PRETTY MUCH FLOODED UNDERNEATH THE UNDERPASS. SO, THEY’RE SHOCKED, WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED HERE? THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING HAPPEN LIKE THIS BEFORE. MANY FOLKS ARE JUST NOW AT THIS POINT EITHER TAKING THE RISK IN GOING TO THE CITY OR OTHERS ARE JUST NOW PLAYING IT SAFE AND TURNING AROUND AND TRYING TO FIND ANOTHER ROUTE TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION. WE WERE TRYING TO GET TO AGAIN, JEFFERSON HIGHWAY FROM I-10, THE I-10 CAUSEWAY AND THE TRAFFIC IS SO BACKED UP WE WERE STUCK AT LEAST 20-30 MINUTE. IF YOU ARE TAKING THE STREETS YOU MIGHT WANT TO GIVE YOURSELF A LOT OF ROOM, TO GET YOUR DESTINATION BECAUSE TRAFFIC OUT HERE, ESPECIALLY ALONG AIRLINE DRIVE IT IS BACK TO YOU. GUYS? >>CERTAINLY, AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS, TO GET PEOPLE PERSPECTIVE, THIS IS MAYBE THEN A 2-3 A RAIN EVENT, BUT, MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STUCK ON INTERSTATES AND THE STREET, AND OSIRIS RIGHT NOW HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS PROBABLY FOR HOURS NOW . >>JUST WAITING IT OUT. >>JUST TEXTING, ANOTHER FRIEND TRYING TO MAKE IT INTO WORK HAD BEEN STRANDED THREE HOURS AS MINE. SO, THAT WAS ON AIRLINE DRIVE NEAR THE L AND A ROAD, JUST ANOTHER AREA TO AVOID, THERE ARE SOME OF US, WANT TO GET OVER TO ABLE TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF THE ROADS. APRIL, GIVE SOME OF THE MAIN CLOSURES . >>Reporter: IT YES, SHEBA. DEFINITELY THINGS ARE IMPROVING AS WELL. SO THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS AS FAR AS RAINFALL, WE ARE NOT SEEING AS MUCH OF IT AND AS A RESULT THE ROADS ARE LOOKING BETTER, DEFINITELY WE ARE STILL SEEING CONGESTION BUT THE INTERSTATE HAS DRASTICALLY IMPROVED. THIS IS LIFE TRACK DOWNTOWN ON U.S. BUSINESS 90 AT THE CLAIBORNE AREA, CONSUMER CONGESTION LEADING TO THE CLAIBORNE AREA BUT ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90, HONESTLY, IT JUST LOOKS LIKE A REGULAR MORNING DRIVE, THE ROADS THAT IS WHAT THIS AREA SO THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS. EVEN ABOUT AN HOUR AGO THIS AREA WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, LET’S LOOK AT THE MAP SO WE CAN SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING, BECAUSE WE DO STILL HAVE SEVERAL RENT CLOSURES WHICH I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, I DO FIRST WANT TO TALK ABOUT DELAYS. A LOT OF THE DAY, EVEN HOUR AGO IS DIFFERENT, IF YOU’RE COMING FROM METAIRIE, SMOOTH SAILING UNTIL RIGHT BEFORE YOU REACH THE A 90 SPLIT DOWNTOWN. THIS CONGESTION WAS BACKED UP FOR MILES, BACK TO THE VETERANS ACCIDENT AND IMPROVED THE CAUSEWAY AND NOW YOU CAN SEE REALLY HONESTLY SMOOTH SAILING UNTIL RIGHT BEFORE YOU REACH THE DOWNTOWN AREA, THAT IS THE 6-10 610, SMOOTH SAILING UNTIL YOU ROUGHLY AROUND THE ST. BERNARD AVENUE EXIT WHERE YOU START TO SEE SOME DELAYS IN THERE, PRETTY SOLID UNTIL YOU REACH DOWNTOWN WITH THE CLAIBORNE RAMP WE SAW THE LIVE SHOT ON U.S. BUSINESS 90 AT THE CLAIBORNE RAMP AND IT DOES LOOK WONDERFUL, TRAVELING ON THE WEST BANK LOOKS A LOT BETTER, STARTING TO IMPROVE, AGAIN, THIS IS ALONG THE INTERSTATE AND U.S. BUSINESS 90, I WILL SHARE SURFACE STREETS, THE BRIDGE CONNECTION LOOKS GOOD, YOU WILL SEE OF COURSE MINOR DELAYS AT THE TOLL PLAZA LEADING TO THE MAIN SPAN OF THE BRIDGE AND THEN SECONDARY TRAFFIC ONCE YOU CROSS THERE HEADING ALONG THE U.S. BUSINESS 90 EVEN HOPPING ON THE I-10 TRAVELING TOWARDS CHANTILLY, NEW ORLEANS EAST, AS WELL AS THE METAIRIE AND KETTERING AREA, NO MAJOR ISSUES ON THE HUGH LONG WHICH LOOKS GOOD THIS MORNING, EVEN THE ELEVATED AND LOWER LIMBS OF THE EXPRESSWAY REALLY QUITE. YOU’RE TAKING FERRIES THIS MORNING, THE REST ARE IN HATCH BARRY TRACKING FOR SERVICE, THE REST OF THEM ARE OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS. SO PLEASE DO KEEP IN MIND AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE WEST BANK IS LOOKING WONDERFUL, BUT, WE ARE STILL SEEING SOME MINOR, MINOR DELAYS AND THE METRO AREA. IN COMPARISON TO OTHERS, WE HAVE SINGLE MORNING, I AM GOING TO STEP OUT OF THE WAY AND SHARE THE RENT CLOSURES, THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM, SO BEAR WITH ME, AS THE MORNING GOES ON, THOUGH SHOULD CLEAR OUT SINCE FLOODING IS GETTING BETTER, IF YOU ARE HOWEVER TRAVELING ON SURFACE STREETS, PLEASE TRY TO AVOID THEM ALTOGETHER AND TAKE THE INTERSTATE, EVEN STAY HOME IF POSSIBLE BUT, AS FAR AS THE INTERSTATE, THEY DO LOOK GOOD, A LOT OF ON RAMPS HAVE ACTUALLY OPENED UP AGAIN, I WILL SHARE THE ONES THAT DO STILL REMAIN CLOSED, THEY WERE TRAVELING WESTBOUND ALONG MAGAZINE STREET, THE ENTRANCE RAMP TO WESTBOUND ON U.S. BUSINESS 90 DOES REMAIN CLOSED, THE AREA STILL FAIRLY FLOODED, SO, PLEASE AVOID THAT ALTOGETHER. EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND ALONG CHOPPER 2 LISTEN SOUTH PETERS, THE EXIT REMAINS CLOSED ALONG U.S. BUSINESS 90, EASTBOUND WESTBOUND AT THE SUPERDOME AS WELL AS SOUTH CLEVELAND EXITS TO REMAIN CLOSE, EASTBOUND AT STREET AS WELL AS EASTBOUND ALONG AIRLINE BOULEVARD. THOSE ARE THE ONLY RENT CLOSURES THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS BECAUSE, AGAIN, EVEN ABOUT AN HOUR AGO, THERE WERE TWICE AS MANY RENT CLOSURES ON THIS LIST. THINGS ARE STARTING TO IMPROVE AS FAR AS THE INTERSTATE, STILL GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME HOWEVER MAKE SURE YOU TRAVEL VERY SAFELY ON SERVICES BECAUSE ONE BUT MAYBE SMOOTH SAILING ANOTHER BLACK IS FLOODING . >>THANK YOU, VERY LONG MORNING FOR YOU AND SHEBA HERE, UNUSUAL MORNING, UNUSUAL FOR YOU AND I . >>YES. AT THIS HOUR, USUALLY WE ARE NOT ON PROGRAMMING AT THIS HOUR . >>SURE. WE ARE COVERING THE WIDESPREAD FLOODING AND THE RIGHT OF IT THAT WE HAD EARLIER THIS MORNING. SO, IT HAS BEEN A LONG MORNING FOREVER BUT HE. NOW, I THINK SOME FOLKS ARE STARTING TO GET TO GO WHERE THEY NEED TO GO BUT STILL, WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE A LOT OF STREETS ARE FLOODED IN THE METRO AREA, WE’RE TALKING NEW ORLEANS PARIS, JEFFERSON PARISH, WE REALLY HAVE NOT EXPANDED OUT FURTHER YEAH. WE’RE GOING TO START SEEING MORE RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. >>SURE, WANT TO GET TO OUR REPORTER WHO IS LIVE IN MIDCITY THIS MORNING. WE HAVE BEEN CHECKING ON SEMINARIES, WE HAVE SEEN SOME BAD VIDEOS OF THE CITY. HE IS AT CANAL AND JUST DAVIS. HIGH, DANNY. >>Reporter: HEY, SHEBA, TO THE POINT YOU ALL ARE MAKING JUST A MINUTE AGO ABOUT SURFACE STREETS BEING FUNNY, TAKE A LOOK AT CANAL STREET RIGHT HERE AT JEFF DAVIS, THAT IS BAD, BUT, LET’S TAKE A LOOK, MY PHOTOGRAPHER CAN SWING AROUND AND LOOK DOWN, JEFF DAVIS GOING TOWARDS UPTOWN, QUIBEC, LOOK AT THE CAR HERE, YOU CAN SEE A CAR JUST HOW HIGH IT IS, THERE IS A CAR THERE JUST FLOODING OUT AND REALLY, JUST AS FAR DOWN AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS WATER, WE ARE LOOKING AT JEFF DAVIS TOWARDS TULANE AVENUE AND YOU CAN SEE SOME CARS DOWN THERE SLOWLY GOING THROUGH, WE WERE ASKED TO TRYING TO GET TO BROADMOOR FOR THE LIVE SHOT, WE ARE FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM STRANDED BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THE STREETS THAT COUNTRYMEN CITY ARE JUST FLOODED. IF BRIAN CAN GO LOOK THE OTHER WAY AS WELL, YOU CAN ALSO SEE THAT SIDE OF JEFF DAVIS GOING TOWARDS BAYOU ST. JOHN, THAT IS ALSO FLOOD COME YOU CAN SEE A COUPLE OF CARS STALLED OUT, THESE ARE HIGHER CARS TO COME SUVS, VANS, YOU CAN SEE AS WELL, AND TRAFFIC IS TIED UP, HERE IS A GOOD SITUATION WE ARE DOING WITH, THE AMBULANCE TRYING TO GET DOWN CANAL STREET RIGHT NOW, REALLY, IT IS KIND OF GRIDLOCK IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WHEN YOU HAVE REDUCED LANES, CANAL REDUCED IN MANY SPOTS, THREE LANES TO ONE LANE AT BEST, YOU HAVE EMERGENCY SERVICES TRYING TO GET THROUGH AND PEOPLE LITERALLY NOT KNOWING WHICH WAY TO TURN, THE GOOD NEWS MIGHT BE THAT THERE ARE SOME EXIT RAMPS AND ON RAMPS CLEARING UP, IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, IT IS STILL QUITE A DIFFERENT STORY RIGHT NOW, AGAIN COME YOU CAN SEE A PICKUP TRUCK DOWN HERE, NOT A SMALL TRUCK BY ANY STRETCH OF IMAGINATION, YOU CAN SEE HOW HIGH THE WATER IS RIGHT NOW NEARLY UP TO THE DOORS HERE IN MIDCITY, AT JEFF DAVIS, AGAIN, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE OUT RIGHT NOW, JUST DON’T GET OUT, IT’S JUST AN AREA YOU WOULD BE IN RIGHT NOW, THIS IS JUST ONE SNAPSHOT OF WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW IN THE CITY, I’M SURE MY NEIGHBORHOODS RUN THE CITY ARE DEALING WITH SIMILAR SITUATIONS, AGAIN, AT CANAL AND JEFF DAVIS AND BRIAN IS LOOKING DOWN JEFF DAVIS TOWARDS CHANTILLY AVENUE. IT IS JUST, IT IS SAFE TO SAY THERE ARE TWO OR THREE FEET OF WATER, A WATER WELL ALL THE WAY UP TO THE BED. WE CANNOT GET TO BROADMOOR. AS BAD AS IT LOOKS RIGHT NOW, BRIAN ACTUALLY HAD TO COME PICK ME UP IN MY HOUSE BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO WORK ALL MORNING AND CANNOT. BECAUSE OF THE WATER IN LAKEVIEW, THE ONE GOOD THING WE NOTICED IN LAKEVIEW, WHERE THE STREETS HAD FOR THIS MORNING, THEY WERE DRY, SO THERE ARE AREAS OF THE CITY WHERE THE WATER IS GOING DOWN, BUT IT IS OBVIOUSLY GOING DOWN SLOW. POSSIBLY NOT ALL WE GOT HERE ABOUT WE CAN LET YOU KNOW ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FOR IS GOING TO APPEAR GOOD NEWS IS THERE ARE SPOTS IN THE CITY AT LEAST AT CANAL AND JEFF DAVIS, CANAL STREET REDUCED TO ONE LANE. THEN, JEFF DAVIS, YOU JUST CANNOT DRIVE ON IT. AT ALL. YOU CANNOT EVEN TRY. >>LEASING RAIN AT ANY POINT? IT STOPPED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO FOR SOME PARTS OF IT. ARE YOU STILL SEEING THAT? >>YOU JINXED US, THE SECOND U.S. WE ARE SEEING RAIN, RAIN STARTED TO FALL. IT CLEARED UP AND IT WAS A WHILE SINCE I SAW RAIN. >>IS STARTING TO COME DOWN A LITTLE BIT, NOT A HEAVY RAIN YET BUT NOT A DRIZZLE EITHER, BUT, THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN, IT IS ABOUT TO RETURN, IT LOOKS LIKE. >>ALL RIGHT, MY APOLOGIES FOR JINXING YOU, DANNY. CERTAINLY, IT IS RAINING OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. CERTAINLY NOT THE SAME CLIP WE SAW EARLIER . >>NO, I MEAN, IT WAS POURING EARLIER THIS MINE WHICH IS HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT, THANK SO MUCH DANNY FOR FILLING US IN ON MIDCITY THIS MIGHT COME ANOTHER AREA WITH JUST A LOT OF HIGH WATER . >>YES, HEAD SCRATCHING MOMENT BECAUSE AGAIN, AS I WAS RINSING EARLIER, IT STOPPED RAINING ABOUT AN HOUR, MAYBE AN HOUR AND HALF AGO THAT THE WATER DOES NOT SEEM TO BE SUBSIDING AT THIS POINT. THERE HAS TO BE AN ISSUE WITH DRAINAGE . >>I JUST DO NOT THINK IT WAS PREPARED FOR THIS, TODAY WAS A DAY TO GET READY FOR A STORM WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS WEEKEND, WE ACTUALLY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE COVERING A PRESS CONFERENCE FROM GOVERNOR EDWARDS EARLIER THIS MORNING WE DENIED AND PUT ON THE AIR BECAUSE YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING >>YES, WE JUST HAD DANNY ON MIDCITY NEAR CANAL AND TO LANE, THAT AREA IN MIDCITY, LET’S GET A A PICTURE AND MORE PICTURES OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE METRO AREA. >>YES, THIS IS FROM VIEWERS, THANK YOU FOR SENDING THESE IN ALL MORNING, YOU HAVE BEEN ON TOP OF IT HELPING US UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION, THIS IS WHERE A CAR DRIFTED INTO A TRUCK ON CANAL STREET, RESIDENCE ARE EXPERIENCING CHALLENGES GETTING TRANSPORTATION AROUND THE CITY, CARRIE McCARTHY SOMETHING, THINK IVERSON A . >>THIS IS ROBBIE OF THE YOUNG HOTEL ON CANAL STREET IN NEW ORLEANS, THIS IS FROM THE OWNER JOEY YEAGER WHO SAID HE IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE FLOODING. EIGHT HAPPY ABOUT THE FLIGHT. >>WOW. WE TWEETED EARLIER THERE WAS NOT A HOTEL GUEST SAY THERE WAS WATER IN HER HOTEL, WE ARE NOT SURE WHICH, BUT NOW WE KNOW . >>I THINK AS WE GET THROUGH THE EXTENDED PART OF THE AFTERNOON HERE, WE ARE APPROACHING NEW NOW, WE ARE GOING TO START SEEING MORE OF THIS, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PHOTO RIGHT HERE . >>THIS IS THE ONE THAT IS BAFFLING, LADY OF FACEBOOK WHO SAYS HER DAUGHTER IS STUCK ON THE RTA, IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, THE WATER IS LITERALLY UP TO PEOPLES LEGS . >>THAT POINT, WHERE YOU GO? >>RIGHT. WHERE YOU GO? BUT YOU’RE ON THE BUS. THERE’S WATER IN THE OUTSIDE. THERE IS NO PLACE TO GO . >>SURE, YOU HAVE TO SIT THERE. WHAT A HORRIFIC SITUATION. >>ON THE TOPIC OF THE RTA, AGAIN, IF YOU ARE IN A FLOODED AREA RIGHT NOW, THE RTA HAS SUSPENDED SERVICE IN THE FLOODED AREA, SO, PUP TRANSPORTATION AND IF YOUR AREA IS FLOODED YOU MAY NOT GET THERE VIA RTA . >>IT IS SO UNFORTUNATE, I DON’T THINK THEY OFFICIALLY SUSPENDED SERVICE, THEY JUST GOT STUCK, RIGHT? ALL THE BUSES AND STREETCARS AT A STANDSTILL AND THEY SAID WE ARE DONE FOR NOW . >>PHOTO EVIDENCE WHICH IS WHY IT IS SUSPENDED. THEY GOT STUCK IN THAT PARTICULAR BUS. >>WE ARE GETTING SO MANY IMAGES, PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING IN, TO THE WEBSITE, EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA, USE THE RIGHT HASHTAG . >>IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING SEVERE WEATHER, FLOODING ACROSS NEW ORLEANS, THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE ABOUT 8:00. THIS HAS BEEN MULTIPLE AREAS, MULTIPLE NEIGHBORHOODS . >>WE HAVE FLOODING ON MAGAZINE STREET, LET’S TAKE A THAT. ANOTHER AREA, WE EXACTLY HAVE NOT GOT THE IMAGE OF IT, THIS IS MAGAZINE STREET THIS MORNING, WE KNOW HOW POPULAR OF AN AREA THAT IS. LOOK AT THE WATER THERE. >>YES, DARK MORNING, SCRIPTED A DARK STORMY MORNING. A LOT OF RAIN AND A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE THIS IDEA OF GETTING TO WORK, BUT, I THINK WITH WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING TODAY, THIS IS A GOOD TIME FOR PEOPLE TO PREPARE THEIR EVACUATION KITS THINGS ARE ABOUT TO DEVELOP IN THE GULF ARE NOW. >>ALL RIGHT, IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING SEVERE WEATHER AND FLOODING ACROSS NEW ORLEANS, SINCE ABOUT 8:00 THIS MORNING, AT THE CIRCLE FOOD STORE IN ST. MARTIN AVENUE IN THE 7th WARD, AGAIN, A POTENTIAL CYCLE MOVING TO THE GULF, YOU STILL HAVE TO BRACE FOR THAT, YOU ARE URGED TO STAY OFF THE ROAD IF YOU CAN’T. >>>WE HAVE PICTURES MINUTES AGO OF BAYOU ST. JOHN, THIS IS NEAR FILLMORE FROM GIGI, IT APPEARS TO SHOW HOMES DAMAGED AND THE ROOF CAVING IN, THAT IS BAYOU ST. JOHN AGAIN, WE ARE SENDING A CREW THE AREA RIGHT NOW SO LOOK FOR LIVE UPDATE AND LATER SHOWS . >>>WE ALSO HAVE UPDATES FROM THE SEWERAGE & WATER BOARD TODAY, OFFICIALS SAY THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WE SAW IN SOME AREAS TODAY IS NEARLY DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF MOTHER’S DAY THIS YEAR. THEY ALSO SAY 118 OF 120 ACTIVE PUMPS ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW, THE BOARD SAYS THE STAFF IS FULLY OPERATIONAL AND THEY ARE PREPARING FOR THE RAIN THAT THEY ARE GETTING THROUGH THE WEEKEND . >>A FEW REMINDERS HERE, THE MAYOR CANTRELL SAID CITY HALL IS CLOSED AS WELL AS NEWARK AT THE LOCAL LIBRARIES AND DRIVERS FASTER THAN FIVE MILES AN HOUR IN FLOODED AREAS WILL GET A TICKET, YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN YOU KNOW THE SAYING, SLOWDOWN DON’T DROWN. SOME FLIGHTS ARE DELAYED AS WELL, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PICTURES OF THE DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME, BUSINESSES, AND CARS. TULANE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED ON TWITTER ALL CAMPUSES ARE CLOSED TODAY, YOU CAN MONITOR THEIR EMERGENCY SYSTEM FOR UPDATES . >>>ALL RIGHT, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS HAS NOT ANNOUNCED ANY CLOSURES BUT WE FIRST SHOWED YOU THE VIDEO A FEW HOURS AGO, FEW WATERSPOUTS WERE SPOTTED NEAR DAVIS, DESPITE CALLS CONCERNS AND THIS VIDEO, IS OFFICIALS SAY THE OFFICIAL DID NOT COME ON CAMPUS. WE CANNOT SAY THE SAME THING FOR THE SCENE IN GENTILLY, JASON CARPENTER SENT US A FEW MORE PHOTOS THIS MORNING, JUST MORE FORMATION OF THE WATER SPOUT WE SAW EARLIER TODAY WHICH WAS SO SCARY, WE WERE GETTING IN DOZENS OF PICTURES AND VIDEO FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT AREAS SO IT WAS KIND OF HARD TO TELL. >>LET’S GET SOME PERSPECTIVE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS MORNING AND WHAT MAY HAPPEN WITH THE APPROACHING SYSTEM, WE WILL GO OVER TO CHRIS. >>Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON, ALONG MORNING AND FAIRLY LONG WEEKEND WITH MORE RAINFALL MOVING IN, AGAIN, KIND OF A BROAD AREA, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY DEVELOP INTO BARRY, SURFACE TROUGH AT THE MOMENT, A LOT OF RAINFALL WITH IT, A LOT OF HEAVY TROPICAL RAINFALL WHICH IS WHY THE STORMS WE HAVE SEEN THIS MORNING DUMP SO MUCH IN THE WAY OF RAINFALL IN THE EACH UNITED RAINFALL HAS BEEN IN SOME RELY SURE PRECISELY WHERE THOSE ARE LOCATED, BUT IN ORLEANS PARISH, IN THE CITY, WE DID HAVE SOME REPORTS. THIS IS FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE IN THEIR OBSERVING STATION. 9.52. 6.79 AND A NUMBER OF SPOTS. YOU GET THAT MUCH RAINFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, EVEN OVER SEVERAL HOURS, THE PUMPS CAN BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE. THEY CANNOT KEEP UP WITH THAT AMOUNT OF RAINFALL AND THAT IS THE RAINFALL THAT WE SAW FROM EARLIER THIS MORNING. WE DO HAVE SOME MOISTURE MOVING INTO THE METRO AREA. WE CAN HEAR THE THUNDER IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. THESE ARE NOT INTENSE AS THE STORMS WE WERE DEALING WITH WITH DAVE ALL MORNING LONG. HEAVY DOWNPOURS DON’T HELP THE SITUATION. THIS WILL EXACERBATE THE PROBLEM AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. >>>EYEWITNESS NEWS BEGINS WITH BREAKING NEWS. >>WE ARE FOLLOWING TWO MAJOR WEATHER EVENTS THIS AFTERNOON. WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING FLOODING FROM A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED IN AROUND RUSH HOUR. >>THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SAYS IT COULD STRENGTHEN TO BECOME HURRICANE BARRY BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA THIS EVENING. >>GOOD AFTERNOON, I AM THANH TRUONG. >>A STORM SURGE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT SOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO MORGAN CITY. >>ON TOP OF THAT, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS REVISED THAT. IT IS EXPECTED TO REACH 20 FEET FROM THAT STORM SURGE. IT IS A LOT TO TAKE IN. LET’S CHECK IN WITH YOUR LOCAL WEATHER EXPERTS WITH THE LATEST ON WHAT IS HAPPENING. >>A BUSY MORNING IN NEW ORLEANS AND THIS IS NOT EVEN THE MAIN SHOW. >>RIGHT. >>WE ARE JUST LOOKING AT AN UPPER-LEVEL SYSTEM TIED IN. >>THIS IS TROPICAL RAINFALL. IF WE ARE WATCHING THE RAINFALL THIS MORNING, IT WASN’T MOVING. IT KEPT BUILDING BACK ON ITSELF, SO WITH THOSE STORMS JUST SPITTING, OVER THE HEART OF THE CITY, IT IS WHY WE SAW SUCH RAINFALL TOTALS AND THE EXPANSIVE FLOODING ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION. >>WE ARE LOOKING AT RAINFALL TOTALS ANYWHERE FROM 1 TO 4 INCHES IN JEFFERSON PARISH AND ORLEANS PARISH. SOME SITES ARE LOOKING AT AS LITTLE AS ONE INCH AND AS MUCH AS 10 INCHES OF RAIN. THE BULK OF THAT FELL IN A TWO HOUR WINDOW. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE STREET FLOODING. SO GEARING UP FOR THAT, LOOKING AT RADAR RIGHT NOW, HEAVY RAIN SEEMS TO BE SOUTH OF US FOR THE COASTAL AREAS, BUT YOU HAVE A THUNDERSTORM POPPING UP IN TOWN. WE STILL HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE METRO AREA UNTIL 1:45, AS WELL AS JEFFERSON PARISH. A FLOOD ADVISORY THERE. STILL WATCHING POTENTIAL FOR MORE RAIN TODAY AND THIS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT WE COULD SEE — >>THAT HAS BEEN THE BIG FRUSTRATION WITH A LOT OF FOLKS. I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS ARE ASKING, WHAT WILL HAPPEN, WHAT WILL HAPPEN? IT IS REALLY AN EVOLVING SITUATION WITH WHAT WILL BECOME BARRY, BUT IS STILL VERY UNORGANIZED. WE ARE SEEING MORE CIRCULATION AT THE SURFACE, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS, IT IS NOW OVER THE GULF WATERS. WE SHOULD SEE MORE DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZATION AND STRENGTHENING WITH THIS SYSTEM. THE GOOD NEWS IS WE SHOULD GET MORE ACCURATE DATE AS WE PROGRESSED THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY AND THE COMING DAYS. JUST NOTE THE MODEL IS PICKING UP ON MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AND AT TIMES, HEAVY DOWNPOURS DEVELOPING THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE AFTERNOON, EVENING, AND CONTINUING UNTIL LATER THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT. IF WE CAN GET A COUPLE BREAKS, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING. CLEARING THE WATER OFF OF THE STREETS. THE ONE POSITIVE IN OUR FAVOR IS WE HAVE BEEN VERY DRY THROUGH THE MONTH OF JUNE AND STARTING OFF IN JULY. THE GROUND IS ABLE TO ABSORB A LOT OF THE RAIN. WHEN YOU GET EIGHT OR NINE INCHES OF RAINFALL, IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW DRY AND HOW GREAT THE PUMPS ARE, IF EVERY STORM DRAIN IS CLEAR, YOU WILL STILL GET STREET FLOODING IN OUR AREA. ON SATELLITE, AGAIN, NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE CIRCULATION WE ARE SEEING DEVELOP AT THE SURFACE. >>>HELLO, DANNY. WE HAVE AREAS THAT STILL DEALING WITH HIGH WATER.>>Reporter: YOU SAID THAT RIGHT. WE ARE ON JEFF DAVIS AT CANAL. IT IS REDUCED? THERE ARE NO LANES OF TRAFFIC. THERE IS TRAFFIC TRYING TO GET BY. YOU CAN SEE HOW DEEP IT IS. I AM ON THE CURB AND IT IS CLOSE TO MY KNEES. ABOUT HALFWAY UP MY SHINS. IT IS LIKE THIS ON PARTS OF CANAL AND ON JEFF DAVIS AND THE OTHER SIDE OF JEFF DAVIS. WE WERE TRYING TO GET TO BROADMOOR WE HEARD REPORTS OF BAD FLOODING AND WE COULD NOT GET THERE. YOU CAN SEE HOW BAD THE WATER HAS GOTTEN. YOU CAN SEE THESE CARS, THEY ARE HUGGING THE CURB WHERE THE GROUND IS HIGHER. IF YOU LOOK DOWN, YOU CAN SEE IT IS ALMOST BUMPER TO BUMPER TRAFFIC HAS PEOPLE CRAWL THROUGH THE AREA. THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GO. THIS PART OF THE CITY, WE HAD TO STOP HERE. ALL OF THE SIDESTREETS ARE IN SIMILAR SHAPE. YOU HAVE CARS THAT HAVE WATERS UP TO THE DOOR. TRASH CANS HAVE FALLEN OVER. AGAIN, WATER, I HAVE NOT SEEN IT GO DOWN. WE HAVE BEEN OUT HERE FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. WE ARE NOT SEEING THIS WATER GO DOWN. WE DID GO FROM LAKEVIEW TO HEAR . THAT AREA WAS FLOODED THIS MORNING. THEY HAD DRAINED. IN THE MID CITY THERE IS A LOT OF STANDING WATER THAT IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. IT IS KNOCKING OVER THIS TRASHCAN. LOOK AT THIS CAR. THE WATER IS UP TO THE DOORS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS PERSON MAY HAVE BEEN IN IT. TRAFFIC IS TRYING TO GET AROUND. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK DOWN TOWARD TULANE AVENUE, IT IS EXTREMELY SLOW GOING. AS OF RIGHT NOW, IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE MOVING A WHOLE LOT. ANOTHER PROBLEM>>THAT LIVE SHOT IS FIRST RESPONDERS. POLICE, FIRE, E.M.S. WITH THE LIGHTS ON. IT IS JUST CRAWLING RIGHT NOW. THERE IS NOWHERE FOR THE TRAFFIC TO GO, EASILY. THAT IS ANOTHER PROBLEM WE ARE DEALING WITH. IF YOU ARE WATCHING THIS AND DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO BE, JUST STAY IN YOUR HOUSE RIGHT NOW. IT IS NOT EASY TO GET AROUND. IT IS NOT A FUN CONDITION OUT HERE. IT IS NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE RIGHT NOW. WE SPOKE A FEW MONTHS AGO TO A FAMILY HEADING OVER HERE. THEY WERE HEADING OFF TO A SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT GOT CANCELED THIS MORNING. THEY WERE TRYING TO GET TO THE WEST BANK SINCE 8:30 THIS MORNING AND THEY CAN’T GET TO THE WEST BANK. THAT IS HOW BAD THINGS ARE OUT HERE IN PARTS OF MIDCITY AND OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, AS WELL. >>ALL RIGHT, DANNY, THANK YOU. GOING INTO THE AFTERNOON NOW. THIS IS AN EVENT WITHOUT WARNING. >>A LOT OF THIS STARTED DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE AND IT IS LUNCH TIME AND PEOPLE ARE STILL DEALING WITH IT. >>AS WE HAVE SEEN WITH PREVIOUS EVENTS, HEAVY RAIN LEFT FLOODING IN THE SEVENTH WARD. >>THAT’S RIGHT, MEGHAN KEY IS LIVE NEAR THE CIRCLE FOOD STORE. WE CAN SEE THE WATER IS HIGH THERE, AS WELL. >>Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON. WE KNOW THIS WATER IS STILL HIGH IN THIS AREA. ALL MORNING LONG WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING AND WE HAVE SEEN WIDESPREAD FLOODING THROUGHOUT THE CITY. HERE YOU CAN SEE THE WATER IS STILL REALLY HIGH. THEY SAY THEY HAVE 118 OF THEIR 120 PUMPS WORKING RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE SEEN THIS WATER GO DOWN A LITTLE BIT. COMPARED TO OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, THIS WATER IS STILL VERY HIGH. AS WE TAKE A LOOK BACK, YOU WILL NOTICE STALLED VEHICLES RIGHT ALONG THIS ROAD, ALONG NORTH CLAYBORN. YOU SEE CARS MANEUVERING THROUGH , SOME OF THESE SMALL CARS IN THESE LANES. WE ALWAYS TELL YOU, DON’T DRIVE THROUGH TALL, STANDING WATER. IT IS EASY TO STALL OUT. WE SAW SO MANY PEOPLE TODAY WHO GOT CAUGHT IN THAT WITH EITHER WATER RUSHING INTO THEIR CARS, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO AFTER THAT HAPPENS, OR ALTOGETHER SHUTTING OFF ON THEM AND BECOMING STRANDED. IN FACT WE JUST SPOKE WITH ONE WOMAN AND HER SIX-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WHO WALKED FROM TULANE, BECAUSE THEY DECIDED THEY COULD NOT GO THROUGH THIS WATER. THEY HAD TO LEAVE THEIR CAR AND TRY TO WALK HOME. I AM JOINED BY DESTINY. DESTINY WAS JUST GETTING OFF WORK ABOUT AN HOUR AGO AND WAS TRYING TO COME GET HER SON AND PICK HIM UP FROM DAYCARE. BUT YOU CAN’T GET THROUGH THIS WATER. >>IT WAS HORRIBLE. MY CAR SHUT DOWN ON ME. I HAD TO RESTART IT. I JUST CAN’T GO THROUGH. >>Reporter: AND TALKING ABOUT YOUR PLANS, YOU SAID YOUR FATHER WILL PICK UP YOUR SON. >>YES, MY FATHER WILL PICK UP MY CHILD NOW. >>Reporter: WHERE WERE YOU COMING FROM AND WHAT CONDITIONS ON THE ROAD HAVE YOU SEEN? >>I WAS COMING DOWN THE ROAD ON CANAL. BASICALLY MY CAR GOT FLOODED WITH WATER. CARS STOPPING. IT WAS HORRIBLE. PEOPLE NEED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CARS TO GET HOME. >>Reporter: AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN UNDER THE BRIDGE? >>FOR ABOUT AN HOUR NOW. AND I HAVE BEEN IN TRAFFIC OFF OF CANAL, FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS. >>Reporter: I AM SO SORRY, DESTINY. I’M GLAD YOUR SON WAS ABLE TO GET PICKED UP. I AM GLAD YOU ARE WAITING UNTIL THIS WATER RECEDES. >>THANK YOU. >>Reporter: THANK YOU. THAT BRINGS ME TO SOMEONE ELSE. CHUCK BROWN, HE HAS HIS OWN COMPANY OUT HERE. HE CAME OUT HERE, BECAUSE YOU SAW ALL THE PEOPLE STRANDED IN THIS AREA. >>YEAH. I SAW A LOT OF PEOPLE AND OUR BUSINESS IS IN NEW ORLEANS EAST. A LOT OF ROADS ARE CLOSED. WE SAID WE WILL COME OUT MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT WHILE THEY ARE OUT HERE. WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW LONG, THE TIMEFRAME, THE TRAJECTORY OF THE TIME THEY WOULD BE OUT HERE. THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH KIDS IN THE CAR. THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE TRYING TO GET BACK TO THESE KIDS, SO WE JUST WANT TO DO OUR PART. >>Reporter: AND I AM SURE PEOPLE ARE REALLY THANKFUL TO HAVE A MEAL AFTER WAITING OUT HERE FOR HOURS, WAITING ON . >>MY FRIEND TOLD ME SHE WAS STUCK FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF AND I WAS LIKE, LISTEN — >>OBVIOUSLY WE ARE HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THAT LIVE SHOT RIGHT THERE. >>BUT HOW SWEET, OUT THERE HELPING PEOPLE STRANDED. WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND VIDEOS COMING INTO THE NEWSROOM. THANK YOU FOR SENDING THESE. >>THIS IS SOMETHING WE ARE SEEING ALL OVER, CERTAINLY THROUGHOUT THE MORNING. A LOT OF VIDEO COMING FROM FOLKS IN THE AREA, OUT THEIR WINDOW. DOWNTOWN ALSO GOT INUNDATED WITH WATER. THIS IS VIDEO FROM JIA THAT SHOWS THE SEVERITY OF THE FLOODING. >>OBVIOUSLY THAT WAS EARLY THIS MORNING WHEN THE RAIN WAS POURING DOWN. >>THEY ARE REPORTING WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. 10,000 CUSTOMERS ARE NOW WITHOUT POWER IN ORLEANS PARISH. 7000 WITHOUT POWER IN JEFFERSON PARISH. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE AND REPORTERS ALL OVER THE PLACE THIS AFTERNOON, COVERING THIS. >>THAT’S RIGHT, DUKE CARTER IS LIVE IN JEFFERSON PARISH. >>Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON. HEREIN JEFFERSON PARISH. WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW THE ROADS ARE LOOKING AND WE WILL HAVE THAT FOR YOU COMING UP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BREAK. >>>>>>ALL RIGHT GUYS, WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING FLOODING ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING. WE WANT TO SHOW YOU VIDEO OUT OF JEFFERSON PARISH. WE SHOWED A LOT OF ORLEANS PARISH WHERE THERE WAS FLOODING THIS MORNING. THIS IS JEFFERSON PARISH. >>OBVIOUSLY THIS IS AN EVENT THAT HIT MULTIPLE AREAS. SOME AREAS GOT MORE THAN SEVEN INCHES OF WATER. THOSE ARE EARLY REPORTS. I THINK SOME OF THE VIDEO WE’VE SEEN FROM VIEWERS AND RESIDENTS AROUND THE AREA, ESPECIALLY JEFFERSON PARISH, I THINK THAT IS VERY ACTIVE. >>YOU ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHY THERE IS SO MUCH WATER FLOODING THERE. PUMPS ARE PUSHING WATER INTO THE PLAYGROUND. THAT IS WHAT IT IS DESIGNED TO DO TO KEEP THINGS DRY. >>WE WILL GET AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE WITH THE WEATHER, THE RAIN, AND THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM, AS WELL. >>I CAN CONFIRM, EARLY THIS MORNING IT WAS TOTALLY SUBMERGED UNDERWATER, SO STILL SOME AREAS IN METAIRIE ARE UNDERWATER. EVEN THOUGH JEFFERSON PARISH DIDN’T SEE THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL. WE WILL TELL YOU THE TOTALS WE’VE SEEN SO FAR. SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE INCHES OF RAIN THIS MORNING. ALL OVER ORLEANS PARISH. A LOT OF HEAVY RAIN NOW SOUTH OF THE CITY. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS STILL IN EFFECT FOR THE METRO AREA UNTIL 1:45. WE COULD SEE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL. YOU NEED TO BE PATIENT. IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME FOR ALL OF THAT WATER TO START CLEARING THE ROADWAYS. AGAIN, ONE THING IN OUR FAVOR IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE BEEN SO DRY RECENTLY THAT THE GROUND IS ABLE TO ABSORB A LOT OF THAT RAINFALL. WHEN YOU GET THAT EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF RAIN, IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW DRY IT IS, HOW CLEAN THE CATCH BASINS ARE, HOW GOOD THE PUMPS ARE WORKING. THAT MUCH RAIN IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO FLOODING, REALLY NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. DESPITE THE FACT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE BEING ON THE POOR SIDE. THE MODELS ARE INDICATING WE ARE LIKELY TO SEE MORE CONVECTION. WE REALLY DON’T HAVE DAYTIME HEATING TO HELP DURING THE DAY TODAY. CLOUDS AND RAINFALL ARE HELPING KEEP US A LITTLE BIT COOLER. EXPECT MORE SCATTERED SHOWERS, THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY DOWNPOURS AT TIMES THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. MAYBE EVEN SOME LINGERING INTO TONIGHT. THE AIR MASS IS VERY TROPICAL IN NATURE AND IS SOMEWHAT ASSOCIATED WITH WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME BARRY. 90 2L, STILL A VERY UNORGANIZED SYSTEM, BUT IN ANTICIPATION, BASED ON THE FORECAST, THE COAST IS UNDER A TROPICAL STORM WATCH. WE COULD SEE TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AND WIND ALONG THE COASTLINE. MAYBE JUST INLAND, WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. A STORM SURGE WATCH ALSO IN EFFECT AS WE HAVE STRONG EASTERLY AND SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY. MAYBE NOT AS MUCH TOMORROW, BUT CERTAINLY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, BECAUSE OF THE POSITION WHERE THE STORM WILL GO. IT WILL KEEP US ON THE MORE ACTIVE SIDE OF THE STORM FOR QUITE A WHILE. WHAT IS INTERESTING RIGHT NOW IS IT IS NOT ALIGNED THAT WAY. HERE IS WHERE THE HURRICANE CENTER IS ANALYZING THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. THE VISIBLE SATELLITE. THERE IS REALLY NOTHING ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THIS STORM, NOR ON THE NORTHERN SIDE. THE CONVECTION IS PRETTY FAR DISPLACED TO THE WEST AND THE SOUTH. WE DON’T SEE, AT LEAST RIGHT NOW, ANY STORMS TRYING TO GET BETTER ORGANIZED AROUND THAT CENTER. THAT WILL LIKELY START HAPPENING, BUT IT IS NOT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. STILL A LACK OF CLOUD COVER ACROSS MUCH OF THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE SYSTEM AND ON THE WESTERN SIDE YOU HAVE ALL OF THE CONVECTION. A LOT OF THE CONVECTION ON THE WESTERN OR SOUTHERN SIDE ARE STILL DUE TO THE SUPPER OR MID- LEVEL SYSTEM. MUCH OF THE RAINFALL IS WELL DISPLACED AWAY. AGAIN, KIND OF LOOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE — IT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS PCT TWO. THE WEATHER CENTER STARTED DOING THIS A COUPLE YEARS AGO, BASED ON THE FACT IT WILL START IMPACTING LAND, BEFORE ACTUALLY REACHING THAT STATUS AS A NAMED SYSTEM. THEY DECIDED TO PREEMPTIVELY START ISSUING WARNINGS. BEING ABLE TO PREEMPTIVELY ISSUE A TRACK, BEFORE IT IS A NAMED STORM. NOW, LOOKING AT THE SATELLITE. I WANT TO JUMP BACK HERE AND GO BACK TO THE VISIBLE SATELLITE. HERE IS WHERE THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS SAYING THE CENTER IS. BUT LOOKING HERE, YOU ALMOST SEE A LITTLE CIRCULATION DOWN SOUTH, AS WELL. SEE THE LOWER CLOUDS, RIGHT THERE? IT IS POSSIBLE THIS COULD BE MORE POSITIONED HERE AND IF THAT IS THE CASE, IF THAT IS MORE OF THE CENTER, THEN AS WE LOOK TO JUMP BACK HERE AND PUT THE FORECAST ON TRACK, THIS LINE MAY COME DOWN A LITTLE BIT. THAT IS NOT TO SAY IT WILL, I’M JUST LOOKING AT OBSERVATIONS AS THEY COME TO US. THE FORECAST IS CALLING FOR THE STORM TO MAINTAIN ITSELF AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND THEN AS A STORM ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON. KEEP IN MIND, THAT IS THE SIDE WHERE YOU’LL GET THE ONSHORE FLOW. YOU WILL SEE COASTAL FLOODING AND WATER LEVELS RISING ALONG THE COASTLINE. MISSISSIPPI AS WELL AS LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. AND THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, YOU START TO SEE SOME OF THAT WATER COMING UP THE RIVER. SOMETHING ELSE TO NOTE WITH THE RIVER FLOODING WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. NOT FLOODING, BUT POTENTIAL FOR RIVER FLOODING, IS YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE CURRENT COMING DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS SOMETHING WE USUALLY DO NOT SEE IN TROPICAL SEASON. SO YOU HAVE THAT WATER PUSHING A VERY FAST MOVING CURRENT IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. IT WILL TAKE A LOT TO OVERCOME THAT CURRENT AND RISE THE WATER LEVELS IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AGAIN, THIS IS JUST MY OBSERVATION AS OF RIGHT NOW. THIS IS BEEN A RAPIDLY EVOLVING SITUATION, AS AGAIN, WE STILL DO NOT HAVE AN ORGANIZED SYSTEM. NOR DO WE HAVE A CLEAR-CUT CENTER THAT THE COMPUTER MODELS ARE ABLE TO GET A HOLD OF. AGAIN, BASED ON THE FORECASTED TRACK, STILL A TROPICAL STORM FRIDAY, BECOMING EARLY SATURDAY MORNING A STRONG CATEGORY ONE, POSSIBLY CATEGORY TWO OR GREATER. REMEMBER, THE HURRICANE CENTER HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE FORECASTED TRACK. THEY DO A POOR JOB WITH THE INTENSITY. THE INTENSITY IS A VERY DIFFICULT FACTOR TO FORECAST. SO THAT ONE COULD EASILY BE A TWO OR A THREE, BEFORE IT MAKES LANDFALL. AT THE MOMENT, LIKELY WEST OF US. BUT EVEN WEST OF US, WE WILL STILL SEE THE WORST PART OF THE STORM. THE WETTEST PART OF THE STORM. THE STRONGEST WIND. ALSO SOME ROTATION AROUND THESE TROPICAL SYSTEMS. YOU HAVE THE RISK OF POOR AND ATTIC ACTIVITY. USUALLY THEY ARE WEAKER AND SHORT-LIVED. SOMETHING WE WILL BE WATCHING FOR FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND EVEN SUNDAY. THE BIG STORY WITH THE RIVER LEVEL, POSSIBLY RISING 20 FEET FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS DURING THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON ON SATURDAY. WE WILL HAVE MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FROM THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS. WE’RE SPEAKING TO THOSE FOLKS. WE WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS. THEY ARE SAYING EVEN AT 20 FEET, EVEN AT THE LEVEL OF REACHING THE TOP OF THE LEVIES, THE CORE HAS OTHER AVENUES TO MAKE SURE THAT WATER DOES NOT OVERCOME THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVELS. RIVER LEVEES, EXCUSE ME. LOOKING AT WATER LEVELS, YOU CAN SEE THAT SPIN. THIS IS MORE OF A MID-LEVEL LOW. YOU ALSO HAVE THE SURFACE FLOW, SO A LOT OF THE ACTIVITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS MID-LEVEL LOW. IT DOESN’T HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR RAPID CIRCULATION, WHICH IS WHY THE HURRICANE CENTER HAS MAINTAINED THAT TODAY. I DIDN’T PUT ANY ICONS HERE, BUT YOU CAN SEE THIS IS WHERE THE STORM CENTER IS. THIS IS IN THE MID TO UPPER LEVEL. THIS IS THE HIGH I WAS TALKING ABOUT. DAVE WAS DETAILING THIS WELL THIS MORNING. IF WE DO SEE A STRONGER STORM, WE ARE LIKELY TO SEE MORE IMPACT FROM THIS UPPER HIGH, WHERE YOU HAVE STRONG NORTHERLY AND NORSE NORTHEASTERLY WINDS KEEPING BARRY, WHAT WILL BECOME BARRY, WE WILL START CALLING IT BARRY AT THIS POINT, KEEPING IT MORE TO THE SOUTH AND TRACKING TO THE WEST. IT IS A WEAKER STORM. WE MAY NOT FEEL THE IMPACT OF THAT HIGH AS MUCH AND WE MAY SEE MORE OF THE CURRENT SOONER AND MORE IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA, AS OPPOSED TO SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. THAT IS WHY ALL OPTIONS ARE STILL ON THE TABLE FROM SOUTH- CENTRAL LOUISIANA ALL THE WAY TO THE TEXAS COAST, FOR POTENTIAL LANDFALL SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. AGAIN, A LOT OF FACTORS WITH THE EVENTUAL EVOLUTION AND EVENTUAL IMPACT AND PATH OF THE STORM. THE CENTER OF IT IS NOW OVER WATER. LOOSELY ASSOCIATED. WE DON’T SEE A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT. BY THURSDAY AT NOON, WE MAY SEE THE CENTER OF THE SOUTH TO OUR COASTLINE. THIS IS THE GFS. IT KEEPS IT TO THE SOUTH DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY, SLOWLY MAKING ITS WAY TO SOUTH AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA ON SATURDAY. THE EURO, BASICALLY THE SAME SPOT ON THURSDAY. THE EURO HAS MORE OF A WESTERLY TREND. IF IT WILL START UPDATING. AGAIN, BECAUSE IT IS GOING WITH A STRONGER STORM. SO THIS IS STARTING TO FEEL MORE OF THE EFFECT OF THAT UPPER HIGH AND GETS PUSHED MORE TO THE WEST. SO THE EURO HAS A STRONGER STORM MOVING FURTHER AWAY FROM US. THE GFS, A WEAKER STORM MOVING CLOSER TO US. SOMETHING ELSE TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE I GO HERE, AS THIS SYSTEM BECOMES BARRY AND START STRENGTHENING, WHAT IT WILL ALSO START DOING IS CONCENTRATING ALL OF THAT RAINFALL NEAR THE CENTER. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CENTER DOES BECOME MORE OF A PLAYER, BECAUSE IT COULD, AS THAT INTENSIFIES, START TAKING ALL OF THE RAINFALL WITH IT AND ALLOWING US TO DRY OUT JUST A BIT. IT IS STILL A POSSIBILITY, ESPECIALLY FOUR-DOOR SOUTH. IF IT INTENSIFIES IT COULD MAYBE CONCENTRATE A LOT OF THAT HEAVY RAINFALL TOWARD THE CENTER OF THE STORM. I KNOW FOLKS ARE WANTING A BIT MORE CERTAINTY WITH WHERE THIS IS GOING TO GO AND WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO. IT IS STILL NOT YET A NAMED STORM, SO WE DON’T KNOW ALL THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT THIS WILL DO EVEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE, AS IT IS NOT QUITE YET ORGANIZED. >>ALL RIGHT, WE’RE STILL WATCHING THE STORM HEADED OUR WAY POSSIBLY. >>A LOT OF JUMBLED TODAY. IT WAS A WINDY MORNING. PARTS OF THE METRO AREA HAD A TORNADO WARNING. >>WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT WATER SPOUT EARLIER ON LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. WE WANT TO GO TO MEG, LIVE NEAR BAYOU SAINT JOHN. YOU ARE AT THE HOUSE WHERE WE SAW SOME DAMAGE FROM THE STORM AND WIND. >>Reporter: INCREDIBLE. IN FACT IT LOOKS LIKE THIS POSSIBLE TORNADO JUST HIT THIS ONE HOUSE. I AM HERE WITH THE HOMEOWNER. HE IS A NEON ARTIST AND A COLLECTOR OF GORGEOUS GLASS ARTWORK. HE IS SOAKING WET, TRYING TO SALVAGE YOUR ART, YOUR CREATIONS. YOUR WIFE, OF COURSE, WITH TEARS IN HER EYES. THIS IS SAD. >>SHE IS NOT DOING REAL WELL RIGHT NOW. SHE WILL. >>Reporter: YOU TOLD ME, THANK GOODNESS, EVERYBODY IS OKAY. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. DID YOU SEE ANYTHING WHAT HAPPENED? >>WE WERE AWAKE. IN BED WE HEARD THE SOUND OF HAIL REAL HARD. THE INDOOR ALARM WENT OFF. SO I WENT DOWN THE HALLWAY TO CHECK THE FRONT DOOR. AS I WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY, I HEARD AN EXPLOSION LIKE SOUND. DIDN’T HEAR THE WIND OR ANYTHING, JUST THIS EXPLOSION. THE HALLWAY, WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR, NO CEILINGS. THEN I WENT BACK TO THE BEDROOM AND THE BEDROOM WAS BLOWN OUT. THEY WERE UNDER THE RUBBLE, BUT THEY WERE FINE. >>Reporter: YOU FOUND YOUR DOG UNDER THE RUBBLE, THEY WERE OKAY. IT WAS PROBABLY JUST SECONDS, BUT FELT LIKE AN ETERNITY? >>THEY WERE SURPRISED. IT WAS INSTANTANEOUS, YOU KNOW. >>Reporter: YOU ARE OKAY, BUT YOU’RE LOOKING AT YOUR LIFE’S COLLECTION, YOUR LIFE’S WORK. I KNOW THE FRENCH QUARTER, THE CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE AND ALL THE GALLERIES, THEY HAVE SEEN YOUR GORGEOUS CREATIONS IN NEON. YOU SAID THIS WAS A WHOLE GLASS GARDEN AND SOME WAS UNTOUCHED AND SOME IS UTTERLY DESTROYED. >>SOME OF IT IS FINE. THEY BLOW IN THE WIND. TO SEE HOW THEY SURVIVE. I WAS FORTUNATE THEY SURVIVED. THIS IS THE MUSEUM GARDEN. I HAVE A BODY OF WORK DIRECTED AT THE GARDEN. I HAVE A GALLERY CALLED THE MUSEUM GARDEN. SO I WILL PROBABLY BE TAKING THIS BACK TO MY GALLERY AND START WORKING ON THEM THERE. >>Reporter: ACTUALLY YOU HAVE ALREADY A WORK CREW HERE, TRYING TO SALVAGE SOME OF THIS PRICELESS ARTWORK FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. YOU SAID THERE WAS THAILAND — >>THESE WERE TWO, CEREMONIAL JACKETS, I GUESS. FROM THE HIGHLANDS IN THAILAND. THEY ARE HANDMADE PAPER AND THE COLORING COMES FROM SQUISHED BUGS. I THINK IT WILL BE OKAY. THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OVER THERE.>>Reporter: ARE YOU FROM NEW ORLEANS? >>NOT ORIGINALLY, BUT I HAVE BEEN HERE 30 YEARS. >>Reporter: THAT’S WHAT COUNTS. I GUESS MY QUESTION AND ASKING YOU THAT, IS WE HAVE A LOT OF TORNADOES, RATHER HURRICANES, OF COURSE, BUT YOU DON’T HEAR OF TORNADOES RIGHT IN THE CITY. HAVE YOU SEEN THE PICTURES OF THE TORNADO, VERY NARROW, RIGHT HERE AND ALL THE HOUSES AROUND YOU ARE UNTOUCHED. >>YEAH, I’LL HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT PICTURE. >>Reporter: YOU ARE ALL LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING SALVAGEABLE OUT OF HERE. I SAW BUILDING INSPECTORS FROM THE CITY ALREADY OUT HERE. SO YOU’RE STARTING TO LOOK TO REBUILD. >>THAT’S RIGHT. WHEN WE BOUGHT THE BUILDING IT WAS A SHELL. IT WAS HURRICANE DAMAGED, SO WE BOUGHT IT. A LITTLE BIT MORE DAMAGE. >>Reporter: THOSE FIRST MOMENTS, I SAW THE TEARS IN YOUR EYES IN THOSE MOMENTS WHEN YOU SAW YOUR WIFE AND YOUR DOG ALIVE, UNDERNEATH THE RUBBLE. YOU REALIZED HOW LUCKY YOU WERE THAT YOU ARE ALL OKAY. TELL ME ABOUT THAT MOMENT. >>IT ALL HAPPENED SO QUICKLY. IT WAS OVER AND DONE. EVERYTHING WAS FINE. >>Reporter: PEOPLE ON ONE SIDE, TAKING PICTURES AND LOOKING. PEOPLE COMING UP LOOKING, VERY CONCERNED. MAKING SURE — >>A REALLY NICE TURNOUT OF PEOPLE WE NEVER MET. >>Reporter: DOING WHAT? COMING IN AND TRYING TO HELP LOAD? >>YEAH, WHATEVER. MOSTLY A CLEAN PATHWAY. >>Reporter: WELL, ERIC AFTER 37 YEARS, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT IS NEW ORLEANS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE WILL WATCH YOUR PROGRESS AS YOU REBUILD. REPORTING LIVE FROM BANCROFT IN LAKEVIEW, MEG FARRIS, EYEWITNESS NEWS. FROM BAYOU SAINT JOHN, BACK TO YOU. >>SO AMAZING. I AM GLAD HE AND HIS WIFE AND DOG ARE OKAY. CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING THROUGH THAT? >>NOT AT ALL. THE FACT HE CAN CRACK A SMILE SAYS A LOT ABOUT HIM. IT HAS BEEN QUITE THE MORNING. WE HAVE A LOT MORE COVERAGE GOING ON. >>THAT’S RIGHT, DAVE AND CHRIS ARE BOTH HERE AND THEY WILL HAVE MORE ON TODAY’S FLOODING EVENT, COMING UP. STRIKE THIS IS CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THIS MORNING’S FLOOD EVENT. THE STORM DROPPED MORE THAN SEVEN INCHES OF RAIN IN SOME PARTS OF THE PARISH. >>DUKE CARTER IS LIVE ALONG AIRLINE DRIVE, WHERE I KNOW YOU ARE SEEING WATER EARLIER. IT LOOKS A LITTLE BIT BETTER NOW. >>Reporter: IT IS A LOT DRIER, BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN CREWS COME OUT AND INSPECT THE ROAD. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW HERE AT AIRLINE DRIVE AND L AND A ROAD. YOU SEE THIS PICKUP TRUCK. THAT IS THE AREA OF CONCERN RIGHT NOW. THE SIGN IS 15 FEET AND THE WATER IS JUST BELOW THAT SIGN. AS YOU SEE RIGHT NOW, THE GOOD NEWS IS THE WATER HAS RECEDED. THAT WASN’T THE CASE AROUND 11:00, 11:15, WHEN WE ARRIVED OUT HERE. THIS ROAD IS BACKED UP WITH WATER, BACKED UP WITH TRAFFIC. AS OF NOW, YOU CAN SEE IT IS SMOOTH SAILING FROM THE CAUSEWAY, COMING DOWN AIRLINE DRIVE AND GOING TOWARD THE CITY. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING OUT HERE, SO THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS. THE UNFORTUNATE PART IS WE HAVE SEEN SOME CARS STALLED. THAT CAR HAS STALLED. WE SAW THE DRIVER OUT HERE. HE AND OTHER DRIVERS OF COURSE WERE UPSET, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN THE WATER GET THIS HIGH BEFORE. BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF RAINFALL IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. AGAIN, AS WE TELL EVERYONE, SLOW DOWN. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. THAT IS THE CASE WE ARE SEEING OUT HERE WITH PEOPLE GETTING TO THEIR DESTINATION. NOW I WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO. >>WE ARE BLESSED THAT THE WATER HAS GONE DOWN SO QUICKLY. >>YES, JUST AN HOUR AGO A LOT OF CARS WERE GOING UP TO GET AROUND THE WATER. NOW TRAFFIC IS ACTUALLY MOVING. I THINK THE TRAFFIC CHALLENGE WILL BE GOING INTO THE CITY, WHAT THE STREETS LOOK LIKE. QUITE A MESS. >>SURE. >>AS WE SAW WITH DANNY EARLIER. >>SOME OF THOSE ON AND OFF RAMPS ARE PROBABLY CLOSED. >>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT VIDEO FROM THE AREA. THIS IS THE CANAL NEAR AIRLINE DRIVE. >>IT REALLY DOES. >>THIS IS A SITUATION THAT MANY OF US HAVE BEEN DREADING. AS WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS RAIN EVENT ALL MORNING, WE ARE ALSO PREPARING FOR WHAT THIS SYSTEM MIGHT DEVELOP INTO IN THE GULF. ROUGHLY 5 OR SIX INCHES OF RAIN IN ORLEANS PARISH. CAN, AND IT IS A BIG QUESTION, CAN OUR DREAM SYSTEM HANDLE A PROLONGED STORM? >>RIGHT. ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE RAIN. WE WILL GET OVER TO DAVE AND CHECK ON THE LATEST. >>YOU WILL SEE AS WE LOOK ACROSS THE AREA, WE DO HAVE A SYSTEMA[ójikmv&w: DIRECTLY TIED INTO. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. IT IS PART OF THE UPPER LEVEL LOW PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN FOR US. WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR IS THIS LOW-LEVEL SYSTEM. YOU WILL NOTICE THERE IS NOT MUCH TO IT RIGHT NOW. WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS ONE. WIND IS AT 30, MOVING SOUTH SOUTHWEST AT EIGHT. IT HAS NOT CHANGED ALL THAT MUCH. IT IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION TONIGHT AND CONTINUE AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING AND THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS. THEN TOMORROW LATER IN THE DAY, AROUND 7:00, FINALLY BECOMING TROPICAL STORM BARRY. INTENSIFYING OVERNIGHT. FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING, AT THAT POINT, IT BECOMES A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE WITH WIND AROUND 85 MILES PER HOUR. IT IS BORDERLINE, CLOSE TO CATEGORY TWO, BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL. SOUTH OF THE JENNINGS AREA OR LAKE TRIALS. EVENTUALLY TO SHREVEPORT AND BEYOND AT THAT POINT. OF COURSE YOU CAN’T FOCUS ON THE MAIN LINE, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ENTIRE CONE. THERE IS STILL A LOT OF SPREAD IN THE MODEL. THEY DO STRETCH AS FAR AWAY EAST AS NEW ORLEANS AND AS FAR WEST AS HOUSTON. THERE IS GOING TO BE A BIG SPREAD, HOWEVER THE TRACK THE HURRICANE CENTER IS TAKING IS BASED OFF OF WHAT IT IS SEEING IN BETWEEN. SO WE DO EXPECT IT TO BECOME A HURRICANE. WE KIND OF TALKED ABOUT THAT EARLY THIS MORNING. EXPECTING TO SEE THAT, TO THE WEST. SO WHILE THERE IS NOT LANDFALL OVER NEW ORLEANS, BRING TO THE WEST OF US IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING, BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HEAVY RAIN COMING UP FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE WILL BE DEALING WITH. STORM SURGE IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT. STORM SURGE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THE CITY ALL THE WAY TO MORGAN CITY. WE ARE INCLUDED IN THIS. WE WILL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON WHAT THAT MAY EVENTUALLY BE. AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, THIS SURGE OF WATER WILL BE COMING UP THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AS IT DOES WITH TROPICAL SYSTEMS. INITIALLY THE RIVER IS PRETTY LOW SO WHEN WE GET A SURGE IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL. IN THIS CASE, THE RIVER IS AT 16 FEET AND IS EXPECTED TO SPIKE UP TO 20 FEET, THEN QUICKLY GO BACK DOWN BEFORE SATURDAY EVENING. AT THE CARROLLTON GAUGE, EXPECTED AT 20 FEET. AS YOU GO DOWN THE RIVER, SOME PLACES ARE HIGHER AND SOME LOWER. THIS BASICALLY WILL TELL US THAT WATER SHOULD GET TO THE TOP OF THE LEVIES FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME, BEFORE IT GOES BACK DOWN. OTHER FACTORS INCLUDE HOW FAST THE RIVER IS MOVING. THE SURGE WILL BE FIGHTING THAT BATTLE GOING UP RIVER. ACCORDING TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE RIVER FORECAST CENTER, THEY’LL BELIEVE AT THIS POINT THAT BASED OFF OF THE CURRENT STORM, IT COULD GET US TO 20 FEET. THAT IS SOMETHING WE COULD BE WATCHING AS WE HEAD FORWARD EITHER FRIDAY NIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING. WE DO HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7:00 P.M. THURSDAY. LIKELY WE WILL SEE THAT EXTENDED LONGER. HOW MUCH RAIN WILL WE GET? 6 TO 12 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE. THE WAY THINGS LOOK RIGHT NOW. THAT WILL LIKELY CHANGE DEPENDING ON WHEN THE WEATHER MOVES IN. A SURGE 2 TO 4 FEET WITH THAT. AGAIN, THAT COULD CHANGE AS WELL. COASTAL AREAS, YOU WILL BE CLOSER TO THE CENTER OF ROTATION. A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE, TOO. THE THURSDAY, FRIDAY TIME FRAME WILL BE IN THE RIGHT ZONE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. NOW THEY WILL BE WORKING THEIR WAY IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND CONTINUING ON THAT TRACK. BASICALLY THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. GETTING A LOT OF DATA FROM THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE, WHICH IS GOOD. A LOT OF UPPER LEVEL DATA, BIG DATA, THAT WILL ALSO BE IN THE MODEL. AS MUCH DATA AS WE CAN, POSSIBLY, THAT MODEL WILL BE FORECASTING HOW STRONG IT WILL BE AND WHERE IT WILL BE GOING. FIVE INCHES OF RAIN HERE. OVER FOUR INCHES IN METAIRIE. THREE INCHES OF RAIN. WE’RE STILL LOOKING AT WHAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH RIGHT NOW. THAT IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INITIAL SYSTEM. THAT IS THE UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM. RIGHT NOW, NOT MUCH RAIN IN THE CITY. RAIN SHOWERS WORKING THEIR WAY DOWN BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER. STILL HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1:45. SOME OF THE STREETS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT HER STILL FLOODING. HEAVY RAIN, COMING TO AN END AND WORKING ITS WAY, FINALLY, AWAY FROM US. THERE IS STILL A RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS THE AREA. A POTENTIAL FOR MAYBE A COUPLE OF TORNADOES. WE STILL NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR THAT AS YOU GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY. HERE IS THE CIRCULATION. IT SWIRLS RIGHT THROUGH HERE. HARD TO SEE ON THE SATELLITE, BUT THERE IS A LITTLE BIT. AND THE BIGGER IS THE UPPER LEVEL. YOU COMBINE THE TWO TOGETHER ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AND THAT IS WHEN THE SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP EVEN MORE. PRECISION CAST, SHOWING THE RAIN COMING TO AN END IN THE CITY. THIS AFTERNOON, DOWN I-55, POSSIBLY REDEVELOPMENT OF STORMS. A FEW MORE COULD FIRE UP THIS EVENING, COMING TO THE MISSISSIPPI COAST AND WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CITY THIS EVENING. THEY ARE MOVING QUICKLY, BUT COULD STILL PRODUCE HEAVY DOWNPOURS. TOMORROW MORNING, QUIET WEATHER OUT THERE AND AGAIN, BANDS OF RAIN COMING UP. THE SYSTEM WILL BE SOUTH AND YOU WILL SEE MORE OF THESE BANDS OF RAIN COMING IN. 7:00 ON FRIDAY MORNING AND DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY, STILL LOOKING AT SCATTERED BANDS OF RAIN. RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVIER LATER ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. AGAIN, FAIRLY SCATTERED. THE BIGGER PERSPECTIVE OF THIS SHOWS THE THUNDERSTORMS DOWN TO THE SOUTHWEST. LOOKING AT WHAT WE KNOW NOW, THERE IS THE DISTURBANCE IN THE GULF. IT COULD BE A DEPRESSION SOON. THIS WEEKEND IS WHEN SOME OF THAT HEAVIEST RAIN WILL WORK ITS WAY INTO THE AREA. THE SYSTEM WILL WORK ITS WAY WHAT RIGHT OVER THE WATER. IT DEFINITELY HAS THE WATER IT NEEDS TO SURVIVE. THE GFS MODEL, THE AMERICAN MODEL, THIS SHOWS US CLOSE TO THE COASTAL AREA TOMORROW MORNING AND THEN DIVING MORE TO THE SOUTH FRIDAY MORNING. SATURDAY MORNING, NOTICE THIS. UP TO THE NORTH A LITTLE BIT MORE. THIS IS THE ONE MODEL WE REALLY DON’T WANT TO COME TO FRUITION. THIS WOULD TAKE IT UP THERE FROM TREND 28 TERREBONNE PARISH. WHAT IS INTERESTING IS MOVING UP FOR JACKSON, MEANS WE STILL HAVE ALL OF THAT FLOW OF MOISTURE. THIS WOULD BE A PROLONGED, HEAVIER RAIN EVENT. THE EUROPEAN MODEL, THE NEWEST DATA THAT CAME IN, STILL HAS IT FURTHER OFF THE GULF OF MEXICO. KEEPING IT FURTHER OFF THE COASTLINE FRIDAY MORNING. SATURDAY, TAKING IT MORE TO THE WEST. THIS WILL BE MORE BENEFICIAL FOR US, BECAUSE HEAVY RAIN WILL BE CONFINED TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE AND THAT IS GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO RAIN TOTALS. THE REASON THAT MIGHT HAPPEN IS AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE HERE THAT PRODUCES WINDSHEAR IN THE UPPER-LEVEL ATMOSPHERE. THESE HURRICANES HAVE HIGHER CLOUD TOPS, SO THEY WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE WINDSHEAR AND IT WILL PUSH THE STORM FURTHER SOUTH. THAT WILL KEEP IT MORE ON A SOUTHERLY TRACK BEFORE IT TURNS. A WEAKER STORM WOULD NOT HAVE AS HIGH OF A CLOUD TOP, SO WHAT HAPPENS IS THE SOUTHERLY FLOW PUSHES IT MORE INLAND TO OUR AREA, SOONER, AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE HEAVY RAIN OVER THE AREA. SO WHAT TO DO TODAY? HAVE YOUR SUPPLIES READY JUST IN CASE. STAY AWARE, KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE FORECAST ON CHANNEL 4, OUR APP AND SOCIAL MEDIA AS WELL. TOMORROW, CLOUDY SKIES. TEMPERATURES PRETTY WARM. 88. 86 IN SLIDELL. LOOKING AHEAD WE KEEP MORE SCATTERED STORMS POPPING UP LATER THROUGH THE DAY. IT IS ABOUT SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS POPPING UP FOR US. 90 TODAY, 89 TOMORROW. WE STAY IN THE 80s. THE CONCERN IS NOT THE TEMPERATURES, IT’S THE RAIN THREAT WE WILL BE WATCHING SATURDAY AND MAYBE SUNDAY. >>THANK YOU. >>>WE WANT TO KEEP YOU UP-TO- DATE WITH THE LATEST THROUGHOUT THE DAY. MAKE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE WWL TV APP FROM YOUR APP STORE. WE WILL HAVE THE LATEST AS NEW REPORTS COME IN UNDER THE HURRICANE CENTER TAB. YOU WILL ALSO FIND AN HOUR BY HOUR FORECAST. THE APP IS FREE. DOWNLOAD IT RIGHT NOW AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT AS THINGS DEVELOP SO YOU HAVE MUCH MORE OF OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE. >>>ALL RIGHT, WELCOME BACK TO OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE AFTER THE FLOODING WE SAW THIS MORNING. WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2:00 P.M. WE WILL CARRY THAT LIFE. SHE HAD OTHER UPDATES THIS MORNING. CITY HALL IS CLOSED, AS WELL AS LIBRARIES. DRIVERS IN THE FLOODED AREAS WILL GET A TICKET. SO, SLOW DOWN, DO NOT DROWN. >>MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PICTURES OF DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME, BUSINESSES AND CARS, FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES. THIS IS AN UNUSUAL DAY AND AFTERNOON BECAUSE OF THE SEVERE WEATHER WE HAVE BEEN COVERING. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS WILL AIR OVERNIGHT AT 2:07 IN THE MORNING. >>AND WE HAVE RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF VIDEOS AND PHOTOS AND POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA REGARDING FLOODING. WE WANT TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THOSE NOW. THIS IS DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS. ONE OF THE MANY AREAS THAT TOOK ON WATER THIS MORNING. >>THE RAIN HAS CERTAINLY TAPERED OFF. THIS OBVIOUSLY WAS FROM EARLIER THIS MORNING. THE LOBBY IN THE HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS, NO MORE RAIN AT THE MOMENT. PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP? THAT IS A QUESTION MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL WILL BE ADDRESSING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE. >>AND SOMEONE TRYING TO BIKE THIS MORNING, OBVIOUSLY THAT DID NOT GO WELL. >>WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF FLOODING. THIS IS FROM JEFFREY HACKETT. ONE OF OUR FOLKS HERE. >>ONE OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS. >>FOLKS HELPING OUT. IT’S SOMETHING WE ALWAYS SEE. IF YOU LIVE HERE LONG ENOUGH, YOU WILL GET FLOODED. FOLKS ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO DO WHAT THEY CAN. >>AND PARTS OF OLD JEFFERSON FLOODED AS WELL, THIS MORNING. >>THAT IS THE TOUGH PART. THERE IS ALWAYS A 100 YEAR STORM IN “NS■çB& A LOT OF FOLKS ARE FEELING FRUSTRATION. >>WE ARE ALSO JUST HEARING THAT THE GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY. WE SAW SO MUCH FLOODING THIS MORNING AND OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. WE ARE PREPARING AND WE JUST DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT. >>WE ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TROPICS AND BEFORE WE GO, LET’S CHECK ONE MORE TIME ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE TROPICS. CHRIS. >>WE ARE FINALLY GETTING A BREAK FROM THE HEAVY RAIN. LOOKING AT GALLIANO AND THE COASTLINE. EVEN GRAND AISLE BEGINNING TO DRY OUT. JUST LIGHT SHOWERS AND A FLASH FLOOD WARNING WILL STAY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1:45, ONLY BECAUSE IT WILL STILL TAKE SOME TIME FOR ALL OF THE STANDING WATER TO CLEAR OFF THE STREETS. COMPUTER MODELS INDICATE WE MAY SEE MORE CONVECTION FIRING UP. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL BE THIS EXTENSIVE, BASED ON THE MODEL. WE ARE UNDER CLOUDY SKIES AND THE TEMPERATURE IS ONLY 80 DEGREES RIGHT NOW. THIS LOOKS MORE LIKE THE DAYTIME HEATING, WHICH WE WILL NOT SEE MUCH OF THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS. I DON’T SEE MUCH, BUT MORE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY. CLOUDY SKIES OUTSIDE AND VISIBLE ON SATELLITE. THIS IS ALL ASSOCIATED, SOMEWHAT LOOSELY, WITH WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME BARRY. FOR NOW IT IS STILL POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER TWO. STILL UNORGANIZED. IT IS TRYING TO GET ORGANIZED AROUND THE CENTER. WHAT YOU DON’T SEE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IS ANY STORMS FIRING UP AROUND THAT CENTER. WE HAVE THE CONVECTION WELL OUT TO THE WEST. AND TO THE SOUTH. NOTHING ON THE EAST OR NORTHERN SIDE. THIS IS TYPICALLY THE SIDE THAT WOULD SEE THE MOST HEAVY RAINFALL AND STRONG WIND. TORNADO POTENTIAL. THERE IS NOTHING ON THAT SIDE RIGHT NOW. I WILL SHOW YOU VISIBLE SATELLITE. IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE SPIN. THERE MAY BE SEVERAL, WEAK CIRCULATIONS AND IT MAY BE THAT ONE OF THOSE BECOMES THE ACTUAL CENTER OF THE STORM. WHY DO I SAY THAT, IS IT IMPORTANT? YES, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN WE FINALLY GET THAT CLOSED CIRCULATION AND CONVECTION DEVELOPING, THE COMPUTER MODELS WILL HAVE A FAR MORE ACCURATE FORECAST OF THE FUTURE INTENSITY OF WHAT BARRY WILL EVENTUALLY DO. RIGHT NOW, A VERY UNORGANIZED SYSTEM. WE HAVE ALSO BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A MID- LEVEL STORM. IT HAS BEEN A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT FOR RAPID INTENSIFICATION, WHICH IS WHY THE FORECAST TODAY AND EVEN TOMORROW MORNING, THE HURRICANE CENTER HAS THIS IS JUST A TROPICAL DEPRESSION. BECOMING A STORM, BARRY, AS WE GET INTO THURSDAY THROUGH THE DAY. SO THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY TODAY, WE MAY ONLY DEAL WITH TROPICAL DEPRESSION TO AND NEVER A STORM. THAT WON’T HAPPEN UNTIL WE GET INTO THE DAY TOMORROW. STILL DOWN TO THE SOUTH. WITH STORM SOUTHEASTERLY AND EASTERLY WIND. THAT WILL BEGIN PILING UP THE WATER ALONG THE EASTERN FACING SHORES, ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI SOUND INTO LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. COASTAL FLOODING WILL BE A CONCERN ONCE WE GET INTO THE DAY TOMORROW. THEN FRIDAY, SATURDAY, THAT IS WHEN WE START TO GET WATERS PILING UP THE RIVER AND POTENTIALLY REACHING THAT FLOODING AT THE CARROLLTON GATE. IF IT DOES, THAT WOULD PUT IT AT THE TOP OF THE RIVER. THERE IS A LOT MORE TO IT THAN JUST 20 FEET OF WATER AT CARROLLTON. WE WILL GET MORE DETAILS ON THE STORM TO THE COURSE OF THE AFTERNOON, SO STAY WITH WWL TV. SATURDAY THIS COULD BE A STRONG STORM OR EVEN TO MAKING LANDFALL. THE FORECAST FROM THE HURRICANE CENTER IS REALLY ANYWHERE FROM NEW ORLEANS, ALONG THE COASTLINE, ALL THE WAY PAST HOUSTON PERIODS THERE IS STILL A HUGE AREA OF UNCERTAINTY OR MARGIN OF ERROR AS TO WHERE THE STORM WILL BE MAKING LANDFALL. THE STORM COULD BE GOING VERY CLOSE TO US OR VERY FAR AWAY FROM US. I HAVEN’T SEEN VERY MUCH IN TEXAS, MORE CENTRAL OR SOUTH- CENTRAL LOUISIANA AS A POTENTIAL LANDFALL. BECAUSE OF THE STORMS LIKELY AFFECTING US, MAYBE BRINGING TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS TOMORROW OR EARLY FRIDAY, A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED. A STORM SURGE WATCH FOR THE SOUTH SHORE AND DOWN TOWARD THE COAST. IN THE UPPER PARTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT BROAD SPIN. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT AT THE SURFACE. THIS IS IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE. AS THIS TRIES TO BECOME MORE ALIGNED WITH THE LOW, WE MAY START TO SEE A BIT MORE INTENSIFICATION. AT LEAST IN THE UPPER PARTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR ANY RAPID STRENGTHENING. SO THAT IS THE NEAR FUTURE. THAT COULD CHANGE AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY, LATE SATURDAY AND BEFORE LANDFALL. BUT AT THE MOMENT IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS NOT A GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR RAPID INTENSIFICATION. A BIG HIGH OVER TEXAS. AGAIN, THE REASON FOR THE DIFFERENCES ON THE COMPUTER MODEL IS THEY ARE TRYING TO DETAIL THIS AND MAKE IT AS EASY TO UNDERSTAND AS YOU CAN. THE EURO HAS A STRONGER STORM DEVELOPING TO OUR SOUTH. IT WOULD BE MORE IMPACTED BY THIS UPPER HI. YOU GET MORE SHEARING, PUSHING IT TO THE SOUTH AND MAKING IT TRACK MORE TOWARD A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION OR EVEN TEXAS. WHEREAS THE GFS HAS A WEAKER STORM WHERE YOU WOULD NOT FEEL THE EFFECTS OF THIS. AGAIN, THERE IS AN UPPER TROUGH THAT WE WILL SEE ERODING AWAY. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS WILL MOVE IN RESPONSE TO THAT. IF THAT TROUGH MAKES IT FAR ENOUGH SOUTH. IF IT STAYS TO THE NORTH, WE MAY SEE THIS TRAVELING MUCH FURTHER WEST BEFORE EVER TURNING INLAND INTO SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA OR EVEN TEXAS. AGAIN, I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS ARE WATCHING, WANTING TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN. WE JUST DON’T KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE WE STILL DO NOT HAVE AN ORGANIZED STORM. WHAT WE HAVE TODAY IN TERMS OF THE FLOODING RAIN, IT WAS KIND OF A FLUKE. IT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UPPER DISTURBANCE AND NOT THE SURFACE BASED LOW. THIS WAS TROPICAL MOISTURE. WE SAW THE STORMS NOT REALLY MOVE IT ALL THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE MORNING. AN EXCESS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES OF RAIN IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO GET FLOODING. CIRCULATION DOWN TO THE SOUTH. PANAMA CITY. AND THE BEACHES. THE COMPUTER MODELS. THIS IS STARTING AT NOON TOMORROW. THIS IS THE GFS. IT IS A WEAKER STORM. IT STARTS MAKING A TURN MUCH SOONER IT GETS MUCH CLOSER TO SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA, MAYBE MORGAN CITY OR NEW IBERIA. THE EURO HAS A STRONGER STORM FEELING MORE OF THE IMPACT OF THAT HIGH OVER TEXAS. IT TRAVELS MORE WEST BEFORE MAKING THE TURN TO THE NORTH. THE TURN TO THE NORTH IS IN RESPONSE TO ONE, A DEEPENING TROUGH, AND TWO, A HIGH BUILDING AND FROM THE BERMUDA HIGH EAST OF US. IF BOTH OF THOSE FACTORS DON’T COME INTO PLAY, THIS MAY CONTINUE MOVING NORTH AND STAY VERY FAR AWAY FROM US. ONE OTHER THING I WANT TO KNOW BEFORE WE GO HERE, IS THAT AS THIS SYSTEM, BARRY, GETS BETTER ORGANIZED, IT STARTS DRAWING THE WIDESPREAD RAINFALL ACROSS THE GOLF, TOWARD THE CENTER. SO WE SEE THIS BECOMING MORE COMPACT AND TAKING A LOT OF THE RAINFALL. THAT IS WHAT THE PRECISION CAST MODEL IS INDICATING. IF THIS GETS TO THE SOUTH END INTENSIFIES, AND MAY TAKE A LOT OF THE RAINFALL DOWN SOUTH. YOU GET BANDS MOVING THROUGH HERE AND THERE, BUT NOTHING LIKE THE INTENSITY OF THE STORMS WE HAD THIS MORNING. IF THERE IS ANY POSITIVE, IT IS THAT WE ARE LOOKING BETTER, AT LEAST IN THE NEAR FUTURE, FOR ANYMORE EXCESSIVE RAIN. WE WILL START TO SEE HEAVY RAIN AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY AND CONTINUING INTO SATURDAY. THAT IS THE LATEST ON THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. STILL NOT A NAMED STORM. AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY TODAY AND TOMORROW, AS IT DOES GET BETTER ORGANIZED, COMPUTER MODELS SHOULD BECOME IN BETTER AGREEMENT AND MORE CERTAINTY WITH THE FUTURE TRACK AND INTENSITY OF THE STORM. >>>WELCOME BACK TO OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE FLOOD EVENT WE HAVE SEEN THIS MORNING. OF COURSE, I AM THANH TRUONG. WHILE IT HAS BEEN HOURS SINCE THE HEAVY RAIN STOPPED, SOME AREAS ARE STILL SEEING FLOODING. >>LET’S CHECK IN WITH JACQUELINE QUYNH. I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN ALL AROUND TOWN THIS MORNING. >>Reporter: THIS IS NEAR ROBERTSON, NEAR THE CLAYBORN BRIDGE. FOLKS HAVE BEEN ASKING US, WHEN WILL THIS WATER GO DOWN AND RECEDE? IT HAS BEEN LIKE THIS FOR AN HOUR. WE HAVE BEEN HERE TALKING TO FOLKS AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE. LET ME SHOW YOU. YOU SEE A CAR THAT STALLED THERE AND IT IS HARD FOR SOME PEOPLE TO MAKE ACROSS THE BRIDGE. HEADING TO THE EAST. THEY ARE TAKING IT SLOW FOR SOME CARS, BUT REALLY A LOT OF LOW PROFILE CARS HAVING A HARD TIME. ALL AROUND THIS AREA WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF CONGESTION. AS WE TURN AROUND, THAT IS ROBINSON. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE DECIDING, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT MIGHT BE TOO MUCH WATER, THEN THEY HAVE TO TURN AROUND. SO THAT CAUSES MORE CONGESTION. WE TURNED DOWN HERE FROM INITIALLY THE SAINT CLAUDE AREA. WE WERE ON SAINT CLAUDE. THIS IS A TROUBLE SPOT. SOME OF THE AREAS, THE WATER STICKING AROUND. IT HAS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR SOME TIME. THOSE CARS HAVE BEEN THERE. THE ONE YOU SEE STALLED IN THE ONE FURTHER DOWN, HAS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR SOME TIME. BUT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET AROUND AT THIS TIME. AGAIN, YOU SAID THAT THE RAIN IS ENDING. IT SUBSIDED SOME TIME AGO, BUT WE ARE STILL SEEING THE EFFECT HERE. ESPECIALLY IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. WE WERE DOWN EARLIER ON FRANKLIN. FOLKS THERE WERE WAITING UNTIL ABOUT 11:00. THE WATERS CAME DOWN THERE. BUT BEHIND THIS IS A LOT OF WATER STILL LEFT IN THOSE BUSINESSES. WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW I HAVE BEEN CHECKING IN WITH FOLKS TELLING ME THAT THE WATER DIDN’T REALLY GET INTO THEIR HOMES ANYWHERE, BUT YOU CAN SEE, AGAIN, BECAUSE OF WHERE THE WATER IS IT IS CAUSING THAT CONGESTION. HERE IS A GOOD LOOK AT THAT. THERE IS ONE CAR THAT STALLED. SOME CARS DON’T KNOW THAT. THEY MAY HAVE TO GET AROUND. THEN THERE ARE CARS JUST MAKING IT OVER THERE ON THE OTHER LANE. BUT IT WAS UP HERE FOR SOME TIME. WHERE I AM WALKING RIGHT NOW IN THIS INTERSECTION, IT IS REALLY KNEE-HIGH. WE ARE TRYING TO SEE THE SIDEWALK. I CAN STILL SEE IT HERE, AND I CAN GO DOWN, BUT THAT IS WHERE IT IS. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR THESE CARS TO GO THROUGH AND MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WALKING IN THIS AREA. THERE IS A CERTAIN PORTION THERE. AS WE HAVE LEARNED TALKING TO PEOPLE AROUND HERE, THEY TELL US THEY HAVEN’T SEEN ANY WATER GO INTO THOSE HOMES. BUT IT IS IN THEIR LAWNS AND MAYBE THEIR BACKYARD. A LOT OF THE PROBLEM IS REALLY JUST TRYING TO GET AROUND THIS AREA. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE AROUND HERE, TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE AREA, YOU WANT TO BE AWARE. I DO WANT TO LET YOU LISTEN INTO A WOMAN WHO WAS STUCK. SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO WORK. WORKING E.M.S. HER NAME IS AMY. HER CAR WAS STUCK HERE AT THIS GAS STATION. >>I WAS COMING DOWN CLAIBORNE BRIDGE AND THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD MAKE IT. I TRIED TO HEAD BACK. MY CAR STALLED. I HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE 7:50. >>Reporter: WOW. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WATCHING THE WATER RISE AND GOING THROUGH THE WATER? >>JUST STUCK. I’VE BEEN THROUGH IT BEFORE AND I LOST THE VEHICLE, SO I ALREADY KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. YEP. >>Reporter: YOU ARE DEALING WITH IT RIGHT NOW — >>I JUST WANT TO GET HOME AND GET MY CAR TOWED, BUT THEY SAY THEY CAN’T TOW IT WITH ALL THE WATER. SO. >>Reporter: HER CAR IS STILL THERE. HER CAR IS ACTUALLY STILL THERE IN THAT PARKING LOT. HER SON DID COME TO GET HER AND DESCRIBE THE HARROWING EXPERIENCE TRYING TO GET AROUND THE CONGESTED AREAS TO GET HER, BUT YOU HEARD HER TALK ABOUT, OKAY, NOW THAT SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO MOVE HER CAR UP TO THAT GAS STATION LOT, SHE IS STILL HAVING TO WAIT FOR A TOW TRUCK TO GET AROUND. YOU KNOW WHAT SOME OF THE AREAS AFFECTED LIKE THIS, I AM SURE THEY ARE BUSY AT THIS TIME, IT IS GOING TO BE A WHILE. SHE IS CONCERNED AND WORRIED ABOUT THAT. MEANWHILE AROUND HERE WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF WATER MAKING IT HARD FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND. FOR NOW, WE WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. WE DO HAVE CREWS ALL OVER THE CITY. >>I THINK WHAT JACQUELINE IS SEEING ON THE OTHER SIDE, MY NEIGHBORHOOD, ON THE RIVERSIDE, IT IS DRY. ANYONE WHO NEEDS TO GET PARALLEL TO PARTS OF THAT AREA, GOING TO AND FROM THE FRENCH QUARTER, THAT IS DRY. IT DID SEE FLOODING EARLIER TODAY, BUT AS YOU GET CLOSER TO THE LAKE AND HEAD TOWARD THE LAKE, AS YOU CROSS OVER, YOU SEE WHAT JACQUELINE IS SEEING RIGHT NOW WITH THE FLOODING. AT THIS POINT YOU HAVE TO PICK AND CHOOSE CAREFULLY WHERE YOU ARE GOING. ANYTHING HEADING TOWARD THE LAKE, CLAIBORNE NEAR THE OVERPASS, IT IS FLOODED. >>SOMETIMES EVEN FEET. WHEN I CAME IN FROM LAKEVIEW, IT WAS TOTALLY FINE. THE STREET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BARRICADE, FLOODED. WE DO HAVE CREWS EVERYWHERE CHECKING OUT THE STREETS FOR YOU. STAY PUT, STAY SAFE. LET’S CHECK IN NOW WITH DANNY MONTEVERDI, WHO IS LIVE IN MIDCITY. >>Reporter: IT HAS GONE DOWN A LITTLE BIT. WE ARE AT CANAL AND JEFF DAVIS. WHEN WE FIRST DID A LIVE SHOT A LITTLE BEFORE NOON, THIS AREA WAS ENTIRELY FLOODED. YOU CAN GET THROUGH NOW. PEOPLE ARE TESTING THE WATERS, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. IT HAS GONE DOWN SOME. THE EARLIER LIVE SHOT, YOU SAW THIS CAR WITH WATER UP TO ITS DOORS. WE FOUND ITS OWNER. WE MET LIAM A SHORT TIME AGO. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU CAME ALONG WAY AND YOU ARE DEALING WITH THIS. WHERE YOU FROM? >>I’M FROM AUSTRALIA. AND FROM BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVER. I CAME DOWN TO NEW ORLEANS. BUT I WILL BE CATCHING A FLIGHT BACK TO AUSTRALIA NOW. >>Reporter: WHEN YOU GOT UP THIS MORNING AND SAW THIS, WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND? >>I THOUGHT OH, IT IS GOING TO BE A BAD DAY. BUT IT’S ALL RIGHT. THERE WERE SOME BAD WEATHER REPORTS COMING IN. SO I AM HAPPY WE ARE SAFE. >>Reporter: CLEARLY YOU GOT YOUR STUFF IN THE CAR. >>YEAH, IT IS WET. I AM TRYING TO SALVAGE WHAT I CAN. THANKFULLY I’VE GOT MY CLOTHES BACK IN THE HOTEL. SO YEAH, TRYING TO GET IN THERE. >>Reporter: BRIAN, OUR CAMERA PERSON, TRYING TO TAKE A LOOK INSIDE THE CAR. >>I TRIED TO GET WHAT I CAN AND TAKE IT BACK INSIDE. AND GET OUT OF HERE ALIVE. >>Reporter: AGAIN, WHEN YOU CAME OUT AND SAW IT WAS THIS HIGH, IN THE CAR AND EVERYTHING, NOT ANYTHING YOU WERE EXPECTING. >>KNOW. WHEN I WENT TO SLEEP LAST NIGHT IT WAS SUNNY AND BRIGHT AND I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND IT STORMED A LITTLE BIT OVERNIGHT, BUT NOT THIS MUCH. IT IS LIKE KNEE-HIGH WATER FOR A COUPLE HOURS. CRAZY, RIGHT? >>Reporter: YOU GET SOME BAD STORMS, BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS. >>I HAD NO CHANCE TO MOVE THIS. >>Reporter: YOU ARE SURPRISINGLY HAPPY, EVERYTHING CONSIDERED. >>YEAH, WELL, I DON’T KNOW. I GUESS SO. FEELING ALIVE. I CAN’T COMPLAIN TOO MUCH. WORSE THINGS WILL HAPPEN, SO IT IS ALL RIGHT. >>Reporter: LIAM, THANKS. >>THANKS, I APPRECIATE IT. >>Reporter: AGAIN, YOU’RE SEEING HOW BAD THIS IS GOTTEN OUT HERE. YOU HEARD, IT IS ALMOST KNEE- HIGH FOR ME. BUT AGAIN, THIS HAS IMPROVED FROM WHERE WE WERE EARLIER. OUT HERE AT THE INTERSECTION BEFORE. BASICALLY ONE WAY ON CANAL. IT IS GETTING CLOSE TO THREE LANES AGAIN. IF BRIAN CAN TURN AROUND AND LOOK AT JEFF DAVIS, CLOSER TO BAYOU SAINT JOHN, YOU CAN SEE TRAFFIC MOVING THROUGH A LITTLE BIT EASIER. THAT WATER HAS RECEDED A BIT AND YOU ALSO SEE THE GREEN LINE ALONG CANAL STREET, AS WELL. UNFORTUNATELY THE STORY TODAY IS A LOT OF DAMAGE HERE. LIAM, ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA, DEALING WITH A FLOODED CAR AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT PLANS ARE FROM HERE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE IS NOT ALONE TODAY. COUNTLESS PEOPLE RIGHT NOW ARE DEALING WITH SIMILAR SITUATIONS AND WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT DAYS, AS WELL. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>AND I HOPE YOU TOLD LIAM, HE DOESN’T HAVE TO GO BACK TO AUSTRALIA TO FIND DRY GROUND. >>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S RIGHT, THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF DRY GROUND IN THE CITY. I MENTIONED EARLIER WHEN BRIAN LUCAS AND I WERE HEADING OUT FROM THE CITY, THERE WERE PARTS OF LAKEVIEW THAT DRIED UP THIS MORNING. SO THERE ARE PARTS WHERE THE PUMP WAS WORKING. AGAIN, A LOT OF THE CITY TODAY. YOU SEE THIS PERSON CARRYING A CHILD AND YOU SEE HOW DEEP THAT WATER IS, RIGHT THERE. THAT IS HOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING AROUND TODAY, ON FOOT. SEVERAL PEOPLE ALONG JEFF DAVIS. REALLY, CARS IN ALMOST EVERY SQUARE INCH, FROM CANAL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO TULANE AVENUE. THE GOOD NEWS IS, THE WATER LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE RECEDING IN SOME SPOTS. IT IS JUST VERY SLOW RIGHT NOW AND WILL TAKE A LITTLE WHILE BEFORE IT IS ALL GONE. >>IT IS A STUNNING BACKDROP BEHIND YOU, LOOKING AT ALL THAT WATER. THIS WAS A STORM. YOU KNOW, IT DOESN’T HAVE A NAME. LET ME ASK YOU THIS. THEY TWEET EARLIER BASICALLY SAID AUTHORITIES SAY THIS IS A 100 YEAR STORM. I MUST BE 500 YEARS OLD. YOU GREW UP, BORN AND RAISED HERE. PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE. IT DOES SEEM LIKE WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THESE STORMS HAVE A LOT OF STREET FLOODING IN THE PAST THREE YEARS. >>Reporter: RIGHT. I REMEMBER THE FLOOD OF 95. I REMEMBER WADING THROUGH PROBABLY THIGH DEEP WATER AT THAT POINT, BEING A CHILD. THESE FLOODS HAPPEN. THERE WAS A FLOOD YEARS AGO. I THINK IT WAS THE 1978 FLOOD. IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS GROWING UP HERE. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU DO COME TO EXPECT THESE FLOODS AT TIMES. IT DOESN’T MAKE IT ANY EASIER, THOUGH. I THINK RIGHT NOW, I DON’T WANT TO PUT WORDS IN PEOPLE’S MOUTHS, BUT IT MAY BE WORRY SOME CONSIDERING WHAT MAY BE COMING IN THE COMING DAYS. WE SPOKE TO MANY PEOPLE, LIFETIME ORLEANIANS TODAY, THEY SAID IT IS WHAT IT IS, BUT CONSIDERING WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT WITH THE TROPICAL SYSTEM THE NEXT FEW DAYS, I THINK IT MAKES EVERYONE A LITTLE MORE UNEASY. AGAIN, FLOODS LIKE THESE HAPPEN EVERY FEW YEARS AND I THINK GROWING UP HERE YOU LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT, LEARN TO DEAL WITH IT. THOSE RAISED BASEMENT HOUSES AND HOUSES OFF THE GROUND. BUT YEAH, I THINK THIS ONE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. CONSIDERING THE FLOODS IN 2017. AND AGAIN, WITH WHAT WE MIGHT BE SEEING IN TWO DAYS. >>BEFORE WE LET YOU GO, WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE OUT THERE? I KNOW YOU LOST YOUR RAIN JACKET. PAST THE NOON HOUR, 1:20 AT THIS POINT. I THINK IT PROBABLY IS GETTING VERY UNCOMFORTABLE OUT THERE. >>Reporter: IT IS. BRIAN AND I ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO RUN TO THE NEWS TRUCK EVERY NOW AND THEN. FOR THE AC. IT IS STARTING TO BE JUST ANOTHER MUGGY NEW ORLEANS SUMMER AFTERNOON. ACTUALLY COOLING ME OFF, THE WATER HAS GOTTEN INTO MY BOOTS AND IS COOLING ME OFF. I WAS TOO COLD, THEN TOO HOT. IF YOU COULD SEE BRIAN, THE MAN IS SOAKED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. NOT FROM RAIN, JUST FROM SWEAT BECAUSE IT IS STARTING TO GET HOT OUT HERE. THE RAIN COOLED IT OFF A LITTLE BIT THIS MORNING, BUT AT THIS POINT IT IS BECOMING ANOTHER MUGGY NEW ORLEANS SUMMER AFTERNOON. THE OFF AND ON RAIN WE’VE HAD TODAY HASN’T HELPED AT ALL. >>ALL RIGHT, DAN. >>A LOT OF PEOPLE DRYING OFF. SOME PEOPLE HAVING TO CLEAN UP. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEM. LET’S CHECK IN WITH MEG FARRIS IN BAYOU SAINT JOHN, WHERE A TORNADO STRUCK EARLIER TODAY. >>Reporter: TO GIVE EVERYONE AT HOME PERSPECTIVE. HERE ON BANCROFT DRIVE. ON THE SIDE OF ME THERE ARE HOMES THAT BUTT UP AGAINST BAYOU SAINT JOHN AND ACROSS THE STREET ARE THE OTHER HOMES THAT BACK ONTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. AS YOU CAN SEE ON THIS SIDE, NOT THE BAYOU SAINT JOHN SIDE, THESE HOMES ARE PERFECTLY FINE. YES THEY’RE HAVING TO CLEAN UP TREE DEBRIS AND A FEW HAD BROKEN WINDOWS. THEY ARE OUT HERE WORKING, SWEEPING UP EVERYTHING. BUT WHEN YOU COME BACK OVER TO ERIC ELLENBERGER’S HOUSE. THIS IS THE NEON ARTIST WE TALKED TO A WHILE AGO. HIS HOUSE WAS GROUND ZERO. WHAT IS AMAZING IS IT WAS SURGICALLY TAKEN OUT ALMOST WITH SCALPEL PRECISION, WITH THE HOUSES NEXT-DOOR DOING JUST FINE. I WANT YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE VIDEO THAT WE SHOT EARLIER FROM ACROSS THE BAYOU AND HERE ON BANCROFT. THIS ONE HOUSE, PEOPLE MAY REMEMBER, TEDDY AND DORIS SOLOMON WERE THE OWNERS, MANY YEARS AGO. THE LATE TEDDY AND LATE DORIS SOLOMON OWNED THIS HOUSE AND IT WAS BOUGHT BY ERIC ELLENBERGER. A GORGEOUS ART COLLECTION INSIDE. A LOT OF GLASS. HE IS THE ONE WHEN YOU SEE THOSE C METALS OR JELLYFISH NEON SCULPTURES. HE IS AN ARTIST WHO HAS BEEN HERE FOR 37 YEARS, THAT MAKES THOSE. HE AND HIS WIFE WERE AT HOME WHEN THE TORNADO HIT. HE SAID IT WAS SO FAST, ALL OF A SUDDEN HIS WIFE AND BULLDOG. WIFE MacKENZIE AND ZEUS IS THE NAME. ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WERE UNDER DEBRIS. YOU CAN SEE THE HOUSE IS UNFORTUNATELY DESTROYED AND EVERYTHING IN IT. THEY HAVE WORK CREWS IN HERE, TRYING TO GET THE VALUABLE ARTWORK OUT AND GETTING POSSESSIONS OUT, SO THEY CAN SALVAGE SOME OF THE ART COLLECTION FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THEY ARE SO THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE. THIS WHOLE STREET, MAJOR TREES DOWN. HUGE, OLD-GROWTH OAK TREES WITH HUGE CHUNKS, JUST SNAPPED AT THE BOTTOM. OF COURSE WE HAVEN’T GOT AN OFFICIAL REPORT YET OF WAS IT A TORNADO OR WHAT THAT WAS, BUT I AM SURE WE WILL LATER. A LOT OF VIEWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SENT PICTURES OF DIFFERENT WATERSPOUTS AND TORNADOES AND WE ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING TO SEE. BUT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT IS INTERESTING IS WHEN THE PHOTOGRAPHER JOSH AND I WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF BAYOU SAINT JOHN, HOME DEBRIS WAS FLOATING. A LOT OF PEOPLE IT STOPPED AND TAKEN PICTURES. THERE WERE BIG CHUNKS OF THIS HOME IN THE WATER. A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE WERE COMMENTING THAT THERE IS A STRONG, PUNGENT ODOR IN THE AIR. WE COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT IT WAS. IT’S NOT LIKE AFTER KATRINA WHERE THERE WAS A POWERFUL MOLD SMELL. IT HAS ONLY BEEN A FEW HOURS AND A LOT OF THIS HOUSE WAS MADE WITH OLD-GROWTH CYPRESSWOOD. THE CYPRESSWOOD IS EVERYWHERE AND IT IS WET. CYPRESS GROWS IN WATER. YOU CAN REALLY TELL, THIS ODOR, FROM THIS HOUSE BEING RIPPED APART. THE OTHER INTERESTING THING IS NEIGHBORS AND PERFECT STRANGERS WHO DON’T EVEN LIVE ON THE STREET HAVE DROPPED OFF THEIR CARD AND HONESTLY OFFERED TO HELP HIM DISMANTLE WHAT IS LEFT IN HIS HOME, TO HELP SALVAGE SOME OF THE PRICELESS ITEMS THAT HE HAS. I SPOKE WITH HIS WIFE OFF- CAMERA. ç■çTOO qzAt:RSTANDABLY U DISTRAUGHT TO GO ON CAMERA, BUT SHE SAID IT WAS AMAZING HOW MUCH NEW ORLEANIANS WERE COMING TO HELP. JOSH, WE CAN STEP THIS WAY JUST A LITTLE BIT. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE HOUSE RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE ELLENBERGER’S WAS PERFECTLY FINE. OF COURSE YOU SEE A LOT OF LEAF DEBRIS. YOU SEE THE HOMEOWNER TRYING TO CLEAN UP. A LOT OF DEBRIS. THEN THERE ARE CREWS HERE, LOADING UP THINGS THAT ARE DESTROYED, FROM TREE LIMBS. IT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF OUTSIDE TYPE OF FURNITURE IN THAT TYPE OF THING. BUT SOME PEOPLE HAVE DRIVEN BY AND SAID WHAT HAPPENED? ONE LADY SAID OH MY GOSH, I LIVE RIGHT NEAR HERE. I LEFT MY HOUSE AND EVERYONE TOLD HER, YOU ARE PROBABLY OKAY , BECAUSE IT WAS JUST A PRECISION, SCALPEL-LIKE TAKING OUT OF THIS RANCH, SPRAWLING, ONE-STORY HOUSE. HOW ARE YOU DOING? SO, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE IN THE AREA LIKE THAT, JUST LOOKING AND SEEING IF THEY CAN HELP. WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN A BUILDING PERMIT INSPECTOR TYPE WORKER FROM THE CITY OUT HERE. AND A LOT OF LIKE LOU’S COMING BY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. THIS IS SO SCARY, BECAUSE YOU DON’T SEE TORNADOES IN THE POPULATED AREA OF NEW ORLEANS THAT OFTEN. REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO NEW ORLEANS EAST, I KNOW THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE. RESIDENTS OUT THERE STILL REBUILDING. IT TAKES LONG TO GET INSURANCE AND EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER, BUT YOU DON’T SEE THIS HAPPEN THAT OFTEN. A LOT OF PEOPLE FEELING THANKFUL, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY COMING UP AND LETTING THIS FAMILY KNOW HOW THEY FEEL. ONE PERSON SAID WHEN THE TREE FELL, THERE WAS A POOL IN THE AREA AND IT RIPPED UP THE WATER LINES AND WATER WAS SHOOTING UP IN THE AIR. SHE HAD TO TURN THE WATER OFF FROM HER HOME. SO PRETTY MUCH, JUST THIS ONE HOUSE ON THE STREET THAT IS DAMAGED. THAT’S HERE IN BANCROFT. THE 6600 BLOCK, BY THE WAY, IS EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE. CLOSE TO FILLMORE. YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BIO. REPORTING LIVE FROM BANCROFT, MEG FARRIS, EYEWITNESS NEWS. BACK TO YOU. >>OUR HEARTS REALLY GO OUT TO THAT FAMILY. REALLY, IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE. YOU CRACKED A SMILE AT ONE POINT DURING THE INITIAL INTERVIEW, REALLY WELCOMING THE IDEA OF HELPING EACH OTHER. I THINK HE GOT THE HELP AT THIS POINT, BUT IT IS A SEVERE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED SO QUICKLY. >>AND I KNOW IT HASN’T BEEN CONFIRMED, BUT IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE. WE’VE HAD A LOT OF REPORTS AND WE THINK ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SENT US VIDEOS AND PICTURES. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE. JUST DO IT QUICKLY. LOOK AT THAT SHOT ON LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. >>OUR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER CAUGHT A WATER SPOUT EARLIER. BEFORE THAT, JEFF, A REPORTER FOR THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE. I THINK IT CUT A LOT OF PEOPLE BY SURPRISE. >>ABSOLUTELY. HOW COULD IT NOT? WE WERE UNDER THAT WARNING FOR QUITE A WHILE IN THE LAKEVIEW AREA. MOST PEOPLE TO A KEYED AND LISTENED TO THE METEOROLOGISTS AND SOUGHT COVER. THE FAMILY WAS SAFE AS A RESULT OF THAT. I DID PEEK OUT. I KNOW I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO, BUT I PEEKED OUT MY OWN WINDOW AND SAW PEOPLE WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK. I THOUGHT, NO NO, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE INDOORS. >>IT IS POSSIBLE THAT IT WAS A TORNADO. FOR THE ELLENBERGER FAMILY, IT IS REALLY ACADEMIC WHETHER IT WAS A TORNADO OR NOT. THEY HAVE THIS SEVERE DAMAGE IN THEIR HOME. A BEAUTIFUL HOME, TOO. AT THIS POINT WE HAVEN’T HAD CONFIRMED REPORTS OF A TORNADO. BUT FOR THE FAMILY, IT IS TOUGH TODAY. >>CHANCES ARE THEY SUFFERED LOSSES IN PRIOR STORMS. LET’S TURN IT OVER TO ALEXANDER SANFORD. AGAIN, RIGHT NOW, NO CONFIRMATION THAT A STORM HIT. >>Reporter: I WANT TO TOUCH ON WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW WITH WEATHER. WE KNOW ABOUT THE TROPICAL SYSTEM DEVELOPING. WE KNOW WE EXPECT HEAVY RAIN THROUGH THE WEEKEND, BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY? YOU MIGHT BE MAKING PLANS FOR THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. I WILL COVER THAT QUICKLY AND LATER IN THE BROADCAST WE WILL GET INTO MORE SPECIFICS OF THE STORM. RIGHT NOW, OBVIOUSLY LOOKING CLOUDY IN NEW ORLEANS. TEMPERATURES IN THE 80s TO ABOUT 90. HIGHS TODAY, TOWARD 90 IN SOME SPOTS. SLIDELL AT 89. NEW ORLEANS STILL IN THE 80s WITH CLOUD COVER. AND AT HOUMA, 75 AND RAINING. HERE IS WHERE WE HAD ALL OF THE FLOODING ISSUES AND ARE STILL DEALING WITH THOSE. ACTUAL REAL-TIME RAIN TOTALS STACKING UP WITH THE HEAVY DOWNPOUR OVER THE METRO AREA. UP TO FOUR OR FIVE INCHES OF RAIN. AS WE LOOK AHEAD AT THE REST OF THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HERE IS THE PLANNER FOR NEW ORLEANS. THE RAIN CHANCES NOT HIGH, BUT STILL 40 TO 50%. WE ARE FINISHED WITH THE WORST OF IT. IF YOU ARE WONDERING IF I HAD OUT, WILL I RUN INTO ANOTHER EXTREMELY HEAVY DOWNPOUR? IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT TODAY. WE COULD STILL HAVE DOWNPOURS, SCATTERED RAIN AND TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TO MID 80s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’T HAVE WEATHER IS ACTIVE. AS WE GET INTO FRIDAY MORNING, WE MAY START WITH JUST A BIT OF SHOWER OR STORM ACTIVITY AND IT WILL DEPEND ON THE TIMING OF SOME OF THESE BANDS FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, JUST PREPARE AS WE HEAD INTO THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND ESPECIALLY BY THIS WEEKEND FOR SOME OF THESE HEAVY RAIN BANDS. AGAIN, THIS MODEL, NOT PERFECT. STARTING THE DAY VERY EARLY YOU COULD SEE THERE COULD STILL BE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA. SATURDAY MAY BE THE RAINIEST DAY WITH THE MOST IMPACT. AS WE LOOK AT POSSIBLE IMPACT, HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. UP TO EIGHT, 10, MAYBE 12 INCHES. MODELS HAVE BEEN GOING UP AND DOWN, BUT IT DOES LOOK LIKE HEAVY RAIN WILL BE THE BIGGEST CONCERN, ESPECIALLY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND EVEN SUNDAY. KIND OF AFTER THE SYSTEM MIGHT BE OVERLAND, BUT STILL DRIVING RAIN NEAR US. COASTAL FLOODING, WE ARE EXPECTING THAT WITH THE STORM SURGE NOW IN EFFECT. SO 2 TO 5 FEET, PUSHED UP HIGHER THAN NORMAL ALONG THE COASTLINE. WIND OF COURSE, IF YOU HAVE A TROPICAL STORM SOUTH OF THE COASTLINE AND WHAT MIA MAY BE A HURRICANE WEST OF US. I GUESS IT’S POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST AND INLAND AS WELL. DAMAGE AS POSSIBLE. THAT IS SOMETHING YOU SEE NOT ONLY AS THE SYSTEM COMES ONSHORE AND MAKES LANDFALL, BUT ALSO WITH THE INDIVIDUAL RAIN BAND IF THE SYSTEM STAYS SOUTH. SO WE ARE EXPECTING WHAT IS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE 2 TO BECOME A DEPRESSION LATER TODAY . THAT MEANS IT WILL SOON DEVELOP INTO A DEPRESSION AND EVENTUALLY TROPICAL STORM BARRY. PERHAPS EVEN HURRICANE BARRY. THE SEVEN-DAY FORECAST, AGAIN, IF YOU’RE MAKING PLANS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE OR A SPECIFIC DAY. AGAIN, THURSDAY WE HAVE A SIMILAR CHANCE. NOT EVERYBODY GETS A HUGE DOWNPOUR LIKE TODAY, BUT WE COULD SEE TEMPERATURES SIMILAR IN THE 80s. BREEZY CONDITIONS TOMORROW. RAIN CHANCE ABOUT 60%. THEN FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY TIMEFRAME, THAT IS THE TIME WE WILL BE DEALING WITH MORE DIRECT IMPACT IN THE FORM OF HEAVY DOWNPOURS POSSIBLE. PERIODS OF RAIN THROUGHOUT THE DAY, MAYBE NOT CONFINED TO ONE SPOT IN THE DAY, LIKE TODAY, THIS MORNING. MONDAY WE CONTINUE WITH THE RAIN CHANCE ABOUT 60% AND TUESDAY, A 40% CHANCE FOR RAIN. WE HAVE OF COURSE BEEN DEALING WITH UPPER 90s FOR TEMPERATURES. TODAY IS MUCH IMPROVED. THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE WILL NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT. OBVIOUSLY WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. ALSO, TEMPERATURES MAY EVENTUALLY GET INTO THE AV DEGREE RANGE. BACK INTO THE MIDDLE 80s FOR THE AFTERNOON. AGAIN BY THIS WEEKEND, A LOT WILL DEPEND ON THE EXACT TRACK OF THAT FORECAST FOR THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. SO WE HAVE A MUCH CLOSER LOOK AT THAT COMING UP IN JUST A BIT. WE WILL DO A KIND OF TROPICAL ANALYSIS, BUT FOR NOW I WANTED TO SHOW YOU THE RAIN CHANCES THROUGH THE REST OF TODAY SO YOU CAN MAKE PLANS. IF YOU ARE HEADING OUT, THERE ARE HUGE TRAVEL ISSUES AND WATER IS STILL HIGH IN AREAS, SO THAT WOULD BE A CONCERN. KEEP THE UMBRELLAS AROUND. BE PREPARED FOR POSSIBLY A FEW MORE DOWNPOURS HERE AND THERE DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS AND INTO TONIGHT. AS I SHOWED YOU, THE RAIN CHANCE, NOT AS HIGH ANY LONGER. IT LOOKS LIKE WE MAY BE FINISHED WITH THE WORSE OVER FOR US AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME TODAY. LOOKING AT YOUR PLANNER HOUR-BY- HOUR, THE RAIN CHANCE STAYS ABOUT 40 TO 50% OR SO. WE WILL BE WATCHING ON RADAR FOR ANYTHING TO POP UP OVER OUR AREA, BUT AT THE MOMENT THERE IS NOT MUCH COMING IMMINENTLY TO NEW ORLEANS OR THE NORTH SHORE AT THIS POINT. WE MAKE IT A DECENT BREAK OF EVEN A FEW HOURS IF NOT LONGER. WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE TROPICS COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. >>THANK YOU, ALEXANDRA. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, IT IS NOW 1:37. IM THANH TRUONG. WITH KAREN SWENSEN. AN UNUSUAL DAY. >>WE ARE IN A LOWELL AT THIS POINT IN THE WORST IS LIKELY PAST, SO WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DRY OUT. WE ARE GETTING REPORTS THAT THE WATER IS RECEDING THROUGHOUT THE AREA. LET’S CHECK IN WITH JACQUELINE QUYNH NEAR THE CLAIBORNE BRIDGE. AS A GUN DOWN THERE OR IS IT HARD TO TELL? >>Reporter: SINCE THE LAST TIME WE TALKED, 20 OR 30 MINUTES AGO, WE HAD WATER UP TO OUR KNEES. I AM STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK, SO IT SHOULDN’T BE THAT HIGH. IT HAS GONE DOWN NOW CLOSER TO MY ANKLES. IN THIS AREA, YOU CAN SEE A STALLED OUT CAR. STILL STUCK. AS FOR OTHER PEOPLE MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH, THEY ARE ABLE TO DO THAT AT A SLIGHTLY FASTER RATE THAN BEFORE. EARLIER WE SAW A TON OF CONGESTION. WITH THAT SAID, THIS AREA IS STILL HAVING A LOT OF THAT WATER LINGER AT THIS INTERSECTION. THAT IS NOT TO MENTION WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. THIS CAR, CLOSER TO THE BRIDGE. WE REALLY HAVEN’T SEEN PEOPLE TURN DOWN THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE THERE IS STILL QUITE A BIT OF WATER. AROUND THIS AREA, A LOT OF WATER, NOT ONLY IN THIS INTERSECTION. EVERYONE TAKING THEIR TIME, VERY SLOWLY. FOLLOWING THE CARS, YOU CAN SEE PAST THAT SILVER CAR, WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER. THERE ISN’T A LOT OF MOVEMENT IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. STILL A LOT OF WATER THERE. I KNOW PEOPLE WERE FRUSTRATED EARLIER, ASKING WHAT IS GOING ON? WHEN WILL THE PUMP WORK IN THIS AREA? THAT IS UNCLEAR, BUT I KNOW THE WATER HAS BEEN HERE FOR SOME TIME. WE CAME HERE PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT AROUND 11:30 AND THERE WAS SO MUCH WATER. SOME CARS WERE STILL GETTING STUCK. IT WAS CAUSING SOME CONGESTION. LET ME GIVE YOU A BETTER LOOK AT THIS INTERSECTION NOW, SINCE WE HAVE BEEN COVERING IT. AGAIN, ROBERTSON AND POLAND. YOU STILL HAVE A LOT OF CARS IN THIS AREA. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME WE ARE HEARING THE AMBULANCE. THEY HAVE HAD A HARD TIME COMING THROUGH HERE. EVEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT COMING THROUGH, BUT THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. CARS TAKING IT SLOW. THAT CAR STALLED AND IS CAUSING SOME PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS ABOUT TO MOVE AND IT HAPPENS TO BE STALLED. THEY ARE WAITING ON A TOW TRUCK. I SAW A TOW TRUCK SHOW UP AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE WORKING ON REMOVING SOME CARS THAT WERE STUCK. WE TALKED WITH ONE WOMAN WHO IS AT A GAS STATION HERE WHO SAYS SHE WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT TO WORK AND FOR WHATEVER REASON HER CAR STOPPED WORKING. THE CAR IS STILL THERE. STILL WAITING FOR A TOW TRUCK. WE WERE, EARLIER, AT RAMPART AND FRANKLIN. WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE OUR WAY HERE. THERE WAS A LOT OF WATER AROUND. THERE WAS A BUSINESS OWNER TELLING ME WHAT WAS GOING ON THERE. HOW MUCH WATER SHE SAW. LET’S LISTEN IN ON THE SOUND FROM EARLIER. >>WE WALKED INTO THE STORE. >>Reporter: WHAT TIME WAS THAT? >>WE GOT HERE AROUND 9:30. IT WAS PRETTY BAD. IF YOU LOOK OVER HERE YOU CAN SEE THE WATERMARK. AT THE BOTTOM. BY THE TIME WE GOT HERE. YOU SEE THE WATERMARK. THAT IS ALMOST KNEE-HIGH THAT WAS IN HERE EARLIER. WE HAD CARS PUSHING WATER IN AND PUSHING WATER IN. WE FINALLY CALLED THE POLICE AND SAID THAT IS NOT THEIR ISSUE, THAT WE NEED TO CALL THE WATER DEPARTMENT. SO WE SAID, OKAY. WE WILL BLOCK OFF THE STREET. WE BLOCKED OFF THE STREET AND WITHIN 30 MINUTES THE WATER GOT OUT OF THE SHOP. YOU SEE RIGHT HERE, THE STORM DRAIN. AND THE WATER SUBSIDED. >>Reporter: AS WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING AROUND, WE HAVE BEEN CHECKING TO MAKE SURE WEATHER HASN’T MADE ITS WAY AND DO HOMES. A LOT OF THE HOMES AROUND HERE ARE RAISED. THEY ARE TELLING ME THEY DID NOT GET ANY WATER. BUT AGAIN, THERE ARE PROBABLY PARTS AROUND THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THAT. I JUST KNOW WHERE WE WERE STANDING AND NOW, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TELLING ME THAT. AGAIN, SOME OF THE WATER IS LINGERING AROUND HERE BY THE INTERSECTION OF ROBERTSON AND POLAND. CAUSING ISSUES FOR PEOPLE AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY AROUND HERE, ESPECIALLY FOR FOLKS TAKING THE BRIDGE HERE. AGAIN IF YOU ARE HEADED OUT TOWARD THIS AREA, TAKE IT EASY. BE VERY CAREFUL. YOU REALLY CAN’T SEE SOME OF THE STREETS IN THIS AREA. FOR NOW, I WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>THANK YOU. JUST TO GIVE AN INDICATION OF WHERE THIS IS GOING TO GO, AROUND 2:00 THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS HAS A PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED AND I THINK THE BIG QUESTION FOR A LOT OF FOLKS RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE FRUSTRATED WITH WATER NEAR THEIR CARS AND HOMES THIS MORNING, IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PUMPS? >>WE HEARD FROM THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD EARLIER SING 118 OF 120 OF THEM ARE WORKING. BUT THERE ARE TRUST ISSUES WITH THE WATER BOARD, SO WE WILL BE LISTENING 17 MINUTES FROM NOW. IN THE MEANTIME, LET’S TURN IT OVER TO CHRIS FRANKLIN. I UNDERSTAND THE HURRICANE HUNTERS ARE NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TROPICAL DISTURBANCE. >>YES, THEY ARE CURRENTLY FLYING INTO WHAT IS DESIGNATED AS THE CENTER OF THE STORM AND THEY ARE COLLECTING DATA. THEY ARE DROPPING INFORMATION SO THEY WE CAN GET DATA. THEY WILL SAMPLE SOME OF THE NEARBY STORMS. RIGHT NOW ON SATELLITE, IT IS NOT LOOKING WELL ORGANIZED AT ALL. THE HURRICANE HUNTERS WILL CONFIRM THIS OR NOT. AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS THE CIRCULATION AT THE SURFACE. IF THERE IS, THEY WILL LIKELY DESIGNATE THIS AS TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER TWO. RIGHT NOW IT IS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER TWO. IN OTHER WORDS IT IS NOT YET A NAMED STORM. BUT WITH THAT CLASSIFICATION, THEY CAN START ISSUING OFFICIAL FORECASTS AND KNOW THAT IT WILL START IMPACTING LAND DURING THE NEXT 36 TO 48 HOURS. LOOKING AT SATELLITE RIGHT NOW. THAT LOW CENTER IS WHERE THE HURRICANE CENTER IS SAYING THERE MAY BE THAT CENTER OF ROTATION. IT REALLY GIVES YOU A CLEAR PICTURE. THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE CLOUDS AT THE SURFACE AND NEAR THE SURFACE. YOU CAN REALLY SEE ALL OF THESE FEATURES. THERE HAS BEEN AND STILL LOOKS LIKE SOME KIND OF WEEK SPIN, SOUTH OF WHERE THEY ARE INITIALIZING THE CENTER OF THE STORM TO BE. IT IS POSSIBLE. SOMETIMES WITH THESE UNORGANIZED SYSTEMS YOU SEE CONVECTION ALL OVER THE PLACE. IN OTHER WORDS, THUNDERSTORMS. NOTHING GETTING WELL-DEVELOPED AROUND THAT CENTER. ALSO YOU DON’T SEE VERY MANY STORMS ON THE EASTERN OR NORTHERN SIDE, WHERE YOU NORMALLY SEE THE CONVECTION. THIS IS STILL A VERY, VERY UNORGANIZED SYSTEM. JUST LOOKING AT SATELLITE, AGAIN, THERE IS MUCH MORE DATA I CANNOT SEE, I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF THEY UPGRADE THIS. MAYBE THEY FIND A CLOSE CIRCULATION. I WOULD BE SURPRISED AS IT DOESN’T LOOK WELL ORGANIZED AND WE ARE NOT SEEING THE STRUCTURE AT THE MOMENT. BUT WE HAVE ALL THESE AREAS OF CONVECTION AND SOMETIMES YOU MIGHT GET SEVERAL SPINS HERE AND THERE. SOMETIMES AS THIS TRIES TO GET BETTER ORGANIZED, IT MAY CHOOSE ONE OF THOSE CENTERS TO BECOME THE NEW AND MORE BETTER DEVELOPED CENTER OF CIRCULATION. SO THIS MAY NOT BE THE PRECISE CENTER OF THE STORM, WHEN IT IS UPGRADED. YOU MIGHT EVEN SEE ON THE FORECAST OR PAST TRACKS OF STORMS THAT IT MAKES A RAPID JUMP. A LOT OF TIMES IT IS REDEVELOPING A CENTER OF CIRCULATION. IT MAY BE TRYING TO DEVELOP FURTHER SOUTH AND IF THAT IS THE CASE AND IT TAKES MORE OF A SOUTHERLY PATH, THAT DOES KEEP IT FURTHER AWAY FROM SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. RIGHT NOW THE MOTION IS VERY SLOW. WEST SOUTHWEST AT AROUND EIGHT MILES PER HOUR. YOU DO SEE SOME TO THE SOUTH OF WHERE THE CENTER IS INDICATED RIGHT NOW, BUT AGAIN, IT IS STILL TRYING TO GET ORGANIZED. VERY FRUSTRATING, I KNOW, FOR FOLKS AT HOME AND METEOROLOGIST TO TRY TO FORECAST THIS. WE TRY TO FORECAST THIS AND GIVE YOU THE TRACK. WE TRY TO GIVE YOU THE INTENSITY. UNTIL IT BECOMES BETTER ORGANIZED, THAT IS DIFFICULT TO DO. AGAIN, THE FORECAST IS MAINTAINING THAT WEST AND SOUTHWEST TREND, BEFORE MAKING A TURN ALMOST DUE WEST. WHEN IT DOES THAT WILL BE KEY. IF IT STARTS TO MAKE ANY KIND OF A TURN BACK TO THE NORTH, WE WOULD LIKE IT TO BE AS FAR AWAY FROM US AS POSSIBLE. NOT WISHING THE STORMS ON ANYONE. AFTER THE FLOODING JUST THIS MORNING, WE DON’T NEED TO DEAL WITH ANY ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS WITH THIS. AS IT CONTINUES TO OUR SOUTHWEST ON THURSDAY AT SOME POINT, IT IS FORECAST TO BECOME TROPICAL STORM BARRY. NOTICED HER THE REST OF THE DAY TODAY AND TOMORROW MORNING, IT IS JUST A DEPRESSION. THE HURRICANE CENTER IS NOT LOOKING AT THIS AS A RAPIDLY INTENSIFYING STORM IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. AFTER THAT, WHO KNOWS. IT MAY BECOME MORE CONDUCIVE FOR FURTHER STRENGTHENING. THE FORECAST TRACK FROM THE HURRICANE CENTER IS VERY GOOD. THE FORECAST INTENSITY IS NOT. AS YOU SEE IT MAKING LANDFALL SOMETIME SATURDAY IN SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA, VERMILLION OR CAMERON PARISH, IT COULD EASILY BE A TWO OR THREE. WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL STORMS LAST SEASON WHERE THE FORECAST INTENSITY IS NOT VERY ACCURATE. THE TRACK IS. JUST FOLLOW THE CENTERLINE. I LIKE THE CENTERLINE, BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF MODEL RUN TO MODEL RUN AND FORECAST A FORECAST WHETHER THEY THINK IT IS MORE EASTERLY OR WESTERLY, THE TREND. BUT FOCUS ON THE CONE. IT COULD BE TO HOUSTON BY SATURDAY OR SOONER IF IT MAKES A RAPID TURN TO THE NORTH. BECAUSE OF THE PROXIMITY TO THE COAST, WE ARE UNDER TROPICAL STORM WATCHES. WE COULD SEE, WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS, TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ALONG THE COASTLINE. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEY MAKE IT AS FAR AS NEW ORLEANS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. STORM WATCHES ARE ALSO UP AS WE BEGIN TO SEE, MORE LIKELY TOMORROW AND FRIDAY, STRONG EASTERLY WIND ALONG ALL OF THE EASTERN FACING SHORELINES, AS WELL AS THE MISSISSIPPI COAST. AT THE MOMENT, NO STORM SURGE WATCHES FOR MISSISSIPPI. EVERYTHING IS FOR LOUISIANA. THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE, THIS IS THE SPIN I WAS TALKING ABOUT. WRITE ABOUT HERE IS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NUMBER TWO. THIS IS A MID-LEVEL LOW, CREATING CONVECTION AROUND THE NORTHEASTERN GULF COAST AND GULF OF MEXICO. THAT IS WHAT TRIGGERED OUR STORMS TODAY. NOT REALLY ASSOCIATING WITH WHAT WILL BECOME BARRY, BUT MORE OF THIS UPPER-LEVEL CYCLONE. A MID-LEVEL CYCLONE BY THE SURFACE LOW IS A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT. THAT IS WHY I WAS TELLING YOU THE HURRICANE CENTER IS NOT ANTICIPATING RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF THIS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW. IT SHOULD BE A WEEKEND FAIRLY UNORGANIZED STORM, ESPECIALLY WITH THAT LOW. WE SAW A HIGH SITTING OVER, WHERE THE STORM HAS AMPLE ROOM TO GROW AND BLOSSOM. THAT WOULD BE BAD. YOU REALLY DON’T SEE THAT. THE REASON FOR THE DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE IN THE FORECAST, BASED ON THE GFS AND EURO MODEL, IS THE INTENSITY OF THE STORM. THE BIG PLAYER IN THIS WILL BE THIS HIGH OVER TEXAS AND THE MOUNTAIN WEST, AND THE BERMUDA HIGH FROM THE EAST. IF IT IS A STRONGER STORM, WHICH THE EURO IS INDICATING, IT WILL HAVE STRONGER AND TALLER CLOUD TOPS. THEY WILL BE INFLUENCED BY THIS HIGH A BIT MORE, SHE WILL SEE MORE OF THAT PUSH, KEEPING THAT STORM ON THAT WESTERLY PATH LONGER. IF IT IS A WEAKER STORM AND NOT AS HIGH IN THE ATMOSPHERE, THIS UPPER HIGH IS ALMOST GOING TO MISS THOSE AND WE COULD SEE THAT SOONER. I WAS REFERENCING THAT BERMUDA HIGH TO THE EAST. THAT STARTS BUILDING IN. IT WILL FORCE THE STORM TO TURN. ALSO IN RESPONSE TO A TROUGH TO OUR NORTH. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THAT TROUGH DOESN’T PICK UP ON THIS AND THIS STORM WILL JUST KEEP MOVING TO THE WEST. IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR US. NO IMPACT OR A LIMITED IMPACT. THAT IS STILL VERY MUCH A POSSIBILITY AND WE STILL HAVE A VERY UNORGANIZED SYSTEM. ALL OF THE RAIN THIS MORNING, MOVING OUT. COMPUTER MODELS HAVE INDICATED WE COULD SEE MORE CONVECTION DURING THE DAY TODAY. WE CERTAINLY HAVE SOME IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI. NOT NEARLY THE INTENSITY WE HAD TO DEAL WITH EARLY IN THE DAY. THERE IS CERTAINLY A BROAD CIRCULATION. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. WHETHER OR NOT IT IS A CLOSE CIRCULATION AT THE SURFACE IS STILL ANYONE’S GUESS. THESE ARE SOME OF THE COMPUTER MODELS STARTING AT NOON ON THURSDAY. THIS IS THE GFS. IT IS A WEAKER STORM, THUS IT MOVES INLAND SOONER. AROUND THE MORGAN CITY AREA. SO THESE COULD HAVE MORE OF AN IMPACT. NOTICE WITH THE WIND. EVEN IF THE STORM CENTER IS MOREOVER SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA, WE STILL HAVE THIS EASTERLY WIND. THAT IS GOING TO BE PILING UP WATER TOWARD THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER. WE JUST SPOKE WITH PAUL MURPHY WHO WAS TALKING WITH FOLKS AT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THEIR FORECAST, REACHING THE CARROLLTON GAUGE. IT WOULDN’T BE FROM ACTUAL SALTWATER MOVING INTO THE RIVER. IT WOULD BE BECAUSE OF THAT STRONG, SOUTHEASTERLY PUSH OF WATER. IT WOULD ESSENTIALLY PUT A BLOCK ON THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER AND BACKUP THE WATER, SO WHAT WE WOULD SEE AS THE WATERS START RISING, BECAUSE IT HAS NOWHERE TO GO. THAT WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT EARLIER, THAT IT WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING AND STRANGE TO SEE THE WATER FIGHTING THE CURRENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. BUT IT WOULDN’T BE. THE WATER WOULD BLOCK THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER AND YOU WOULD SEE THE FLOODING. FAST-MOVING WATER, WITH NOWHERE TO GO. WE WILL DETAIL IT MORE, BUT WE COULD START TO SEE SOME OF THE LEVELS NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER START TO REACH THEIR BANKS AND MAYBE OVER TOP. IT IS A POSSIBILITY. THAT IS ALL BASED ON THE FORECAST NOW, WHICH COULD EASILY CHANGE. A QUICK LOOK AT THE EUROPEAN MODEL. THIS IS FORECASTING A STRONGER STORM. WE WILL MAINTAIN THAT NORTHWESTERLY TRACK, BEFORE MAKING A TURN TO SOUTH-CENTRAL LOUISIANA. AGAIN, THERE IS STILL A GREAT DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY WITH THE FORECAST OF WHAT WILL BECOME BARRY OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. WE PROBABLY WON’T KNOW A GREAT DEAL MORE TODAY. IT IS STILL FAIRLY UNORGANIZED. DEFINITELY TOMORROW AND CERTAINLY BY FRIDAY, AS WE GET TO SEE MORE OF A BETTER DEVELOPED STORM. MORE ORGANIZATION AROUND THAT CENTER. THE COMPUTER MODELS WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO GRAB HOLD OF AND WE WILL HAVE A MORE DETAILED AND ACCURATE FORECAST AT THAT TIME. >>ALL RIGHT, CHRIS. THANK YOU. LOOKING AT THE MODELS RIGHT NOW, WHATEVER IT DEVELOPS INTO. WE COULD BE ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF WHATEVER DEVELOPS AND WE KNOW THAT IS THE WET SIDE. AFTER THIS MORNING WE DON’T NEED MORE RAIN, FOR SURE. >>WE NEED SOME TIME TO DRY OUT. WE WILL BE WATCHING THE MODELS AND IT WILL BE TOMORROW BEFORE WE HAVE ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MATTER AT HAND. A LOT OF STREET FLOODING AROUND NEW ORLEANS. FORTUNATELY, A LOT OF WATER RECEDING. DANNY IS LIVE IN MIDCITY. I WASN’T GOING OUT THERE? >>Reporter: THE BEST ANALOGY I CAN GET RIGHT NOW IS SOMEONE JUST PULLED THE PLUG IN THE BATHTUB. YOU CAN SEE THIS DRAIN. TO GIVE YOU A POINT OF REFERENCE, WE ARE ON LOUISIANA AVENUE PARKWAY. JUST IN THE PAST 15 MINUTES, THIS HAS BEGUN TO DRAIN RAPIDLY. AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE THIS DRAIN HERE CLOGGING UP A LITTLE BIT WITH SOME DEBRIS. THE BEST ANALOGY I CAN SAY IS LIKE SOMEONE PULLED THE STOPPER ON THE BATHTUB. WITHIN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE HEARD A SUCTION SOUND. TAKE A LISTEN. THERE IS NO QUESTION, THAT WATER IS DRAINING RIGHT NOW. AGAIN, IT HAPPENED PRETTY QUICKLY. YOU ARE LOOKING AT LOUISIANA PARKWAY IN THE DIRECTION OF CLAIBORNE. LOOK BEHIND US. WE WERE DRIVING UP TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THIS WAS ALL UNDERWATER, 15 OR 20 MINUTES AGO. YOU CAN SEE IT IS CLEAR RIGHT NOW AND ACTUALLY WE WILL WALK OVER HERE AND LOOK. YOU CAN SEE FOR REFERENCE OF WHERE THE WATER WAS A SHORT TIME AGO. HERE YOU CAN SEE A DEBRIS LINE THAT WAS ABOUT FOUR STEPS UP. YOU CAN SEE HOW HIGH THE DEBRIS GOT. AGAIN, RIGHT NOW, THERE IS NO QUESTION. YOU CAN SEE ANOTHER ONE HERE. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS LOCKED WITH A LOT OF DEBRIS. THAT IS THE PROBLEM A LOT OF TIMES WITH THESE SITUATIONS. THEY BEGIN TO SUCK IN THE GARBAGE AND TRASH FROM NEIGHBORHOODS, WHICH CAN BE A HINDRANCE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD DRAINING. THAT IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE, BUT AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR, THERE IS NO QUESTION. THESE STRAINS HERE ARE BEGINNING TO HELP THESE STREETS DRY. WE ACTUALLY STOPPED BY THE DRAINAGE PUMP STATION ON THE WAY OVER HERE AND NOW IT IS ABOUT AS HIGH AS IT CAN BE. WATER KIND OF RUSHING OUT. THE GOOD NEWS IS, WE CAN SEE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, JUST TAKE A LISTEN. THAT IS THAT WATER ON LOUISIANA AVENUE PARKWAY, JUST GETTING PULLED OUT AS WE SPEAK. >>IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS IMPROVING FOR SURE. >>ONLY IN NEW ORLEANS CAN WE CELEBRATE THE SOUND OF >>ONLY IN NEW ORLEANS DO WE CELEBRATE THE SOUND OF DRAINS WORKING. IT IS ALSO A GOOD LESSON. IT IS SOMETHING I DID THIS MORNING. AROUND 6:30 I STARTED HEARING THE RAIN AND I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW. I REALIZED THIS WASN’T GOING TO STOP, SO I RAN OUT, PUT ON RUBBER GLOVES SO I COULD GO RIGHT TO MY CATCH BASIN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE AND JUST CLEARED IT OUT. IT DOES HELP. BE COGNIZANT OF CLEANING OUT THOSE CATCH BASINS. >>I KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THAT. ALL RIGHT, LET’S CHECK IN ON SOME OF THE POST YOU HAVE BEEN SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. >>Reporter: SO MUCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY. PEOPLE HAVE DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB DOCUMENTING WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND THE AREA. IT IS LIKE WHAT DANNY JUST SHOWED US WHERE HE HAS. SHOWING US RINGS ARE FINALLY STARTING TO DRAIN. IT IS REALLY GOOD NEWS. LET’S GO ON TO THE NEXT PICTURE. THIS IS INSIDE THE HOME. WE KNOW A LOT OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES GOT WATER. THIS WATER TOOK ON, VERY SAD FOR THAT FAMILY. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT. AND WE HAVE A FEW MORE? >>Reporter: YES WE DO. OF SWIMMING ON CANAL STREET THIS MORNING. >>A VERY LONG WARNING. >>TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE HERE.>>ESPECIALLY FOR THE GUY DOING LAPS ON CANAL STREET. >>HE TOOK MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS. HE WANTED TO FIX THINGS UP. HE IS MOPPING UP THE WATER. >>KEEP IT CLEAN. THAT IS HILARIOUS. THESE ARE GREAT. WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, AS SOON AS THE MAYOR STARTS HER PRESS CONFERENCE, WE WILL GO TO CITY HALL LIFE. >>SEEN SO MANY PICTURES COME IN, IT IS DRAMATIC, BUT FOR THE FOLKS WHO HAVE HAD WATER IN THEIR HOMES SINCE KATRINA, YOU KNOW, AN INCH, TWO INCHES OF WATER, IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT OF WATER. >>AFTER KATRINA IT IS HARD TO MEASURE THE ANXIETY THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT. THERE IS AN ANXIETY THAT GOES ALONG. >>YOU GET THAT SENSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. PEOPLE SEE THE FOOD STORE FLOODED AND SAY IT LOOKS JUST LIKE KATRINA. THEY SEE THE TRAFFIC AND SAY IT IS JUST LIKE KATRINA. >>AND WE KNOW MORE IS ON THE WAY. >>THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT BRING PEOPLE BACK TO A PARALLEL TIME. >>RIGHT. >>WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT EARLIER. SEEING THE FOOD STORE. THE WATER LEVEL WAS PRETTY MUCH RIGHT THERE ON THE MONDAY AFTER THE STORM. >>AND THERE IS NO COMPARISON. BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION. I THINK ALL OF US SHARE THAT LEVEL OF ANXIETY. >>THE QUESTION FOR US, TOO, TAKING A LOOK AT WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING. ARE WE GETTING MORE FLOODING EVENTS OR ARE WE MORE COGNIZANT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING? INCREASING. I THINK THAT IS A QUESTION A LOT OF FOLKS MIGHT BE BRINGING UP WITH THE MAYOR. >>CERTAINLY A RISING LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION, THAT’S FOR SURE. LET’S CHECK IN AGAIN ON DANNY AS WE WAIT FOR THE MAYOR TO BEGIN THE PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE IN MIDCITY. >>Reporter: WE ARE AT BROADMOOR, BUT AGAIN, WHEN WE CAN DEAL A FEW MINUTES AGO, ALL OF THE PARKWAY WAS UNDERWATER. LOOK AT IT NOW, MAYBE FIVE MINUTES LATER, IT IS CLEAR. WE WERE TALKING TO ALL A FEW MINUTES AGO AND I SAID THE ANALOGY WAS LIKE SOMEONE PULLED THE PLUG IN THE BATHTUB. THAT DRAINED QUICKLY. YOU CAN SEE HOW QUICKLY THE WATER IS GOING IN. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF DEBRIS IN THESE CATCH BASINS. SO CONSIDERING WHAT MAY BE HAPPENING IN THE COMING DAYS, IF YOU’RE SEEING THIS RIGHT NOW. TRASH ON THE STREET. A GARBAGE CAN LID TRIED TO GET SUCKED DOWN THE DRAIN A SHORT TIME AGO. THAT WILL HINDER THE WATER DRAINING. AGAIN, THIS IS THE DRAIN WE SHOWED YOU A FEW MINUTES AGO, ALL UNDERWATER. YOU LOOK AT IT NOW, WATER IS RUSHING IN. THERE IS A LOT OF DEBRIS THERE. THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, STILL HAD SEVERAL FEET OF WATER IN IT AND IS DRY. YOU CAN SEE UP-AND-DOWN LOUISIANA AVENUE PARKWAY RIGHT NOW. IT IS DRY. SO THE PUMPS HERE, YOU CAN SEE THE WATER DRAINING, THE PUMPS SUCKING UP THE WATER. THE GOOD NEWS IS, THIS PART OF BROADMOOR, WE ARE AT LOUISIANA AVENUE AND BROADWAY. WASHINGTON AND ABROAD, WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE A LOT OF HOMES IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD THAT TOOK ON WATER IN THEIR LOWER LEVELS. PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH THAT RIGHT NOW, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, YOU CAN SEE FROM THE TIME WE LEFT YOU A FEW MINUTES AGO UNTIL NOW, JUST A NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. THESE PUMPS, THEY GET THE WATER FLOWING. YOU HEARD AND SAW THE CATCH BASINS SUCKING THE WATER DOWN. YOU CAN SEE IT IS NOW ABOUT AS CLEAR AS CAN BE. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>HOPEFULLY YOUR BOOTS ARE DRYING OUT. YOU’VE BEEN STANDING IN WATER ALL DAY — >>LET’S TURN IT OVER TO CHRIS FRANKLIN FOR AN UPDATE. IT LOOKS LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DRY OUT. >>THAT’S WHAT WE NEEDED, A BREAK IN THE RAIN. THAT’S WHAT WE GOT. FOR THE NORMAL DANE — MORE RA. WE’RE ANTICIPATING THAT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS:FOR NOW IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE STORMS ARE PUSHING DOWN TO THE SOUTH AND STILL LACKING THUNDERSTORMS THERE. THAT’S ALL MOVING AWAY FROM US. NOTHING HERE IN THE CITY AT THE MOMENT. WE STILL HAVE THE ARIEL FLOOD ADVISORY IN AFFECT NOW, AND NO LONGER A FLASH FLOOD WARNING. THERE’S A FLOOD ADVISORY AND ONLY BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING TO RUN IN TO THE STANDING WATER AND THEN USE THE CAUTION ON THE ROADWAYS. THERE’S A LOT OF PLACES LIKE WHAT YOU SAW, IT SHOULD BE CLEARING OUT AND A LOT OF THEM ALREADY SHOULD BE GONE. YOU’RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE A NUMB I OF AREAS AND THERE’S A LOW LINING AREA, AND THEY’RE GOING TO FLOOD IN THE NORMAL DOWNPOUR. THEY MAY HAVE THE STANDING WATER, AND THAT MAY TAKE SOME TIME FOR THE AREAS TO CLEAR OUT. THE COMPUTER MODEL IN TERMS OF THE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE AFTERNOON HAS NOT BEEN INITIALIZING REALLY WELL AT ALL. WE HAVE THE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY NORTH OF HERE. YOU KIND OF TAKE THAT WITH THE GRAIN OF SALT. YES, I THINK THAT WE COULD SEE MORE BUBBLING UP AGAIN IN THE DAY. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE NEARLY THIS INTENSE THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON. THIS IS THE PRECISION CAST, AND THIS IS THE RPM MODELS. THIS IS ONE OF THE COMPUTER MODELS THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO. WE DON’T HAVE ANY STORMS OVER THE NORTH SHORE AND THE LAKE FRONT ON THE NORTH SHORE, AND THEN IT’S NOT PICKING UP ON THE DEVELOPMENT DOWN TO THE COAST. PICKING UP ON SOME CONVENTION AND THUNDERSTORM POTENTIAL, AND CERTAINLY IT’S NOT NEARLY AS EXPANSIVE AS WHAT THE COMPUTER MODELS ARE CALLING FOR. WE MAY NOT SEE THE CLEARING AND THEN THAT’S THE PARTS OF THE AREA, AND FINALLY A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE. WE HAVE BEEN BEGGING FOR THE RAINFALL. WE GOT IT, BUT WE GOT TOO MUCH OF IT THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE MORNING. WE HAVE SOME STORMS IN SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI, AND THOSE MAY CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. NOT THE INTENSITY THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH ALL MORNING LONG. NOTICE THE COMPUTER KEEPING THE TEMPERATURE IN THE 80s. THERE’S A POSITIVE WITH THE CLOUD COVER, AND THAT’S GOINGO KEEP US COOLER AND NEAR RECORD HEAT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, AND THE HIGHS ARE STAY NOTHING THE 80s FOR THE FUTURE. ALL EYES ARE ON WHAT IS LIKELY GOING TO BE VERY LIKELY BECOMING BARRY. HURRICANE HUNTERS ARE IN THE STORM CENTER AND STILL A BLOOD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE. NOTHING WELL ORGANIZED. IT GOES TO THE CENTER AND STARTS TO SAMPLE IT, AND THEN IT CONTINUES AND CUTS BACK AND FORTH THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE STORM, AND TRY TO GET AS MUCH DETAILED INFORMATION AS THEY CAN. THAT’S GOING TO INDICATE THE DEPRESSION. AND A LOT DEPENDS ON THE FORECAST ON THE STORM. AND THEN IF THAT CONTINUES ON TO THE PAST AND THAT DOES NOT LOOK TO BE ANY MOTION RIGHT THERE NOW, I HAVE BEEN POINTING OUT ALL MORNING LONG, AND THAT MAYBE A SECONDARY CENTER TRYING TO FORM. I DON’T KNOW. IT MAYBE THAT IT’S WHERE THE CENTER IS. THERE LOOKS TO BE A BROAD CENTER HERE. OVERALL, THERE’S A HUGE AREA. THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT A BROAD CARE OF CIRCULATION. IT’S NOT A VERY TIGHTLY COMPACTED STORM BY ANY MEANS. WE’RE STARTING TO SEE AROUND THIS CENTER, AND WE’RE START TO GO SEE THIS ON THE EASTERN SIDE WE’RE STARTING TO SEE THIS ON THE EASTERN SIDE, AND THAT’S ALL MORNING LONG. THE DRY SIDE OF THE STORM, AND THAT’S IN REVERSE ON WHAT WE TYPICALLY SEE. THAT’S NOT BEEN THE CASE SO FAR, AND IT’S AN EVOLVING SYSTEM, AND THEN A DEVELOPING SYSTEM. IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A TROPICAL SYSTEM JUST YET. AND NOT ONLY SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND THAT’S ALL ACROSS THE NORTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO, AND THAT’S AN UNORGANIZED SYSTEM. THERE’S A LOT OF RAINFALL ALL OVER THE PLACE. SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND, AS THIS GETS BETTER ORGANIZED, IT STARTS TO CONCENTRATE AL OF THE RAINFALL TOWARDS ST. CENTER AND TOWARDS THE EASTERN SIDE. AS TO WHERE WE HAVE THE RAIN SPREAD OUT AND BASICALLY ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST, WE’RE GOING SEE THE RAIN AND BECOMING MORE CENTERED NEAR THE CIRCULATION POINT AND NEAR THE CENTER OF THE STORM. IF IT DOES STAY TO THE FAR END, WE MAY SEE THE RAINFALL TO THE SOUTH AS WELL. CERTAINLY THE STRONGEST WINDS MAYBE ALONG THE COAST OR FURTHER OFFSHORE. THAT’S GREAT. NOTICE THAT THE HURRICANE CENTER IS KEEPING IT AS A DEPRESSION EVEN THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING. THEY’RE NOT ANTICIPATING ANY RAPID STRENGTHENING. YOU CAN GO TO BED EASY KNOWING THAT IT’S NOT GOING TO STRENGTHEN OVERNIGHT. NOW, WE’RE LIKELY GOING TO SEE TROPICAL STORM BARRY AND THEN NOTICE THAT IT STARTS TO INCREASE IN THE STRENGTH. BY FRIDAY MORNING, WE HAVE 60-MILE AN HOUR WIND AND THEN AS IT GOES TO SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA OR EASTERN TEXAS TO HOUSTON, WE MAYBE LOOKING AT A HURRICANE OR POSSIBLY A ONE OR MAYBE A TWO DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH TIME IT’S ABLE TO STAY ON THE WARM WATERS AND THE GULF OF MEXICO BEFORE MAKING LAND FALL. AGAIN, WE’RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS BY ANY MEANS AS THIS STORM IS CONTINUING TO ORGANIZE. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS MAYBE MORE OF A SOUTHERLY PUSH TO THE TRACK. THAT’S GOING KEEAN IT WELL AWAY AND FURTHER DOWN TO THE SOUTH AND HOPEFULLY WE START TO SEE A TREND WHERE THIS DOES NOT MAKE A TURN VERY SOON.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, CHRIS.>>YEAH, ESPECIALLY AFTER TODAY AND THERE’S WIDESPREAD FLOODING. WE SAW EARLIER SOME OF THE HOTELS TOOK ON THE WATER. JOINING US NOW ON SET IS ERICA, AND YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM LOOKING AT THE HOTELS THAT TOOK ON THE WATER.>>YEAH, I STARTED AT THE ROOSEVELT, AND LUCKILY THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY DAMAGE. THEY JUST GOT THE WATER, AND GOT IT OUT QUICKLY. IT WAS ALL DRY. I WENT TO THE HOTEL ON CANAL, AND THEY WERE STILL TRYING TO GET THE WATER OUT. I TALKED TO SOME GUESTS THERE, AND THEY SAID THAT THE WATER WAS ACTUALLY LIKE UP TO THEIR KNEES. THIS IS SOME VIDEO THAT ONE OF THE GUESTS SENT ME. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE IN TOWN FOR THE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, AND THEY TOOK THIS VIDEO. THEY SAID THAT THE HOTEL WAS ACCOMMODATING. THE ELEVATORS WERE OUT, SO THEY HAD TO CLIMB DOWN A WHOLE BUNCH OF STAIRS TO GET OUT OF THERE. YOU CAN SEE A STAFF MEMBER DUMPING OUT ALL OF THE WATER THAT THEY’RE COLLECTING FROM INSIDE OF THE HOTEL. LOOKS LIKE THEY WERE MOVING QUICKLY TO TRY TO GET THE WATER OUT OF THERE. THEY HAD THE SANDBAGS OUT AS YOU CAN SEE. HERE YOU CAN SEE THEM SWEEPING. I THINK THAT THEY’RE TRYING TO GET THE DEBRIS OUT OF THE DRAINS, AND THAT WATER CAN FLUSH OUT THERE. I WANT TO AND THEN THAT’S THE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.>>WE WERE HERE CELEBRATING THE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, BUT WE GOT MORE THAN WHAT WE BARGAINED FOR. AND THEY REALLY TRIED TO ATOMIC DATE AND DO THE BEST AND MAKE THE BEST OF A SITUATION.>>SO THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO STAY A LITTLE BIT LONGER. THEY WERE SUPPOSE TODAY STAY A LITTLE BIT LONGER, AND THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE TODAY JUST BECAUSE OF THIS WEATHER AND THE WEATHER COMING IN. THEY SAID THAT THEY WERE VERY THANKFUL FOR THE TIME IN NEW ORLEANS AND HAD FUN. LAST NIGHT THEY WENT OUT, AND NOW THEY’RE DRIVING BACK TO NORTH CAROLINA. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE CLEANING UP QUICKLY. ALL OF THE GUESTS SOUNDED IMPRESSED HOW THEY HANDLED IT AND EVERYTHING. IT’S LIKE THEY WERE NOT EXPECTING WATER TO JUST RISE SO QUICKLY AND JUST LIKE, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL FEET OF WATER SOUNDS LIKE.>>THEY WON’T FORGET THIS ANNIVERSARY AND THIS IS A MOMENT TO PAUSE AND TAKE ASSESSMENT AND IF IN FACT THIS DEVELOPS IN TO SOMETHING MAJOR FOR US. IT’S GOOD TO SEE THIS AS — IT’S A POOR TERMINOLOGY RIGHTS NOW, BUT IT’S A DRY WORD FOR SOMETHING WORSE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD A LOT OF DAMAGE THIS MORNING ESPECIALLY THE NEAR HOME BY ST. JOHN. THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO ACCESS THE PREPARATIONS AND EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS.>>YEAH, IN TERMS OF ST. JOHN, ONCE THEY GOT THE WATER OUT U WAS IT MINIMAL?>>I DON’T KNOW THERE WAS DAMAGE. I DID NOT GET TO SPEAK TO ANYONE ON THE STAFF THERE IN MANAGEMENT. AS FAR AS WHAT THE GUESTS TOLD ME, IT WAS A LOT OF WATER, AND THEN IT CAME DOWN. THE KITCHEN HAD TO CLOSE AND THEY HAD TO KEEP AS MUCH WATER OUT AS POSSIBLE. FROM WHAT THEY SAID, THERE WAS NOT MUCH DAMAGE. JUST A LOT OF WATER.>>HOW WERE THE STREETS WHEN YOU WERE DRIVING BACK AND FORTH?>>SO RIGHT THERE ON CANAL, THERE WAS NO WATER. ON THE SIDE STREETS, THERE WAS STILL WATER PILED UP. THERE WERE A FEW STALLED CARS. WE SAW THEM ACTUALLY TOWING AWAY A CAR THAT WAS THERE ALL MORNING. THERE WAS STILL WATER ON THOSE STREETS, BUT THERE WERE CARS STILL DRIVING THROUGH, AND GOING DOWN A LOT. IT’S STILL SIT NOTHING THE AREAS.>>YEAH, AND THAT’S A COMBINATION. WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN A FULL ACCOUNT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING. . IF THESE ARE NOT CLEAR, AND THAT’S A MAJOR FACTOR IN WHAT AREAS CAN BE DRAIN AND WHAT AREAS ARE GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME TO DRAIN. IT’S A GOOD LESSON FOR ALL OF US RIGHT NOW. IF YOU HAVE THEM NEAR THE HOUSE, IF YOU VALUE THE HOUSE OR THE CAR, GET THEM CLEAR.>>YEAH, CLEAN THEM UP.>>WE’RE AWAITING THE PRESS CONFERENCE. WE’RE GOING TO GO LIVE WHEN IT STARTS. IN THE MEANTIME, SOME MORE PICTURES FOR YOU. WE THANK YOU FOR SHARING THEM WITH US. SEVERAL CARS BLOCKING THE LINE, AND I GUESS WE’RE TRYING TO GET TO HIGHER GROUND, AND WE WANT TO IN FACT GO TO TRANSIT.>>YEAH, DON’T PARK NEAR THE STREETCAR. THIS IS FROM TYLER BRIDGE’S. HE IS STAYING IN — NEAR THE HOTEL WHEN ALL OF THE RAIN WAS COMING DOWN. WE SAW THE MESS THERE.>>MY DAUGHTER GOT STUCK ON THE RTA. THAT’S NO FUN. SHE IS TRYING TO GET TO WORK. I MET A GENTLEMEN TODAY SAYING THAT HE WAS TRYING TO GET TO WORK, AND KNEW THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO GET DOWN TO THE OFF RAMP.>>YEAH, WE HAVE A LITTLE TONGUE AND CHEEK HERE, AND I THINK SOME PEOPLE AFTER THIS MORNING THAT THEY HAD, AND CERTAINLY DRINK RESPONSIBLY. I THINK SOME ARE ENJOYING A COLD ONE LATER ON THIS EVENING WHEN THIS STUFF SETTLES. I THINK THAT WE’RE START TO GO SEE SOME OF THE AREAS THAT ARE DRAINING AT THIS POINT. DANNY WAS CERTAINLY EVIDENCE OF SHOWING US THAT. QUIET A MORNING FOR EVERYBODY HERE.>>YEAH, IT’S A GOOD TIME TO GET THE PAPERS IN ORDER AND I WAS THINKING OF THAT IN THE LAKE FRONT AND THOSE THAT HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DAMAGE IN WHAT WAS A TORNADO THAT STRUCK DOWN. YOU NEVER KNOW. IT COULD BE SOMETHING THAT COMES THROUGH. IT’S A GOOD TIME NOW , AND JUST GO AROUND THE HOUSE AND TAKE PICTURES AND GET THE PAPERS IN ORDER JUST IN CASE.>>YEAH, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE DAMAGE. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE DOCUMENTATION. AGAIN, WE’RE STILL WAITING RIGHT NOW FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE. THE MAYOR IS GOING ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT NEW ORLEANS HAS BEEN SEEING SINCE THE RAINFALL THIS MORNING. WE’RE TRYING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. THIS IS CLOSER TO US, AND WE WILL CHECK IN WITH THAT WITH THE LOCAL WEATHER EXPERT.>>YEAH, LOOKING OUTSIDE AND VERY DIFFERENT SCENE FROM EARLIER THIS MORNING. WE HAD A HUGE HEAVY DOWNPOUR, AND MOST OF THAT IS COMING TO AN END. THE MOST OF IT IS OVER FOR TODAY. LOOK AT THE TEMPERATURES, AND THEY MADE IT TO 90s OR 80s AND UPPER 70s. THE FEEL LIKE TEMPERATURES, OH MY. YOU’RE STILL FEELING LIKE 90s EVEN THOUGH THAT WE HAVE THE CLOUD COVER, WE HAVE THE RAIN THIS MORNING AND THE TEMPERATURES ARE NOT THAT BAD. IT’S FEELING LIKE MIDDLE TO UPPER 90s WHEN YOU FACTOR IN THE MUGGY SURFACE. WE’RE A LOT COOLER THIS TIME COMPARED TO THIS POINT IN THE DAY. THE WINDS NOW FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST AT FIVE MILES AN HOUR. LOOK AT THE DEW POINT TEMPERATURES. I WANTED TO POINT THIS OUT. AS THE WATER IS RECEDING IN MANY OF THE AREAS THAT WE HAVE THE STREET FLOODING AND WHERE WE HAD IT EARLIER, IT’S FEELING MUGGY. YOU CAN SEE SOMETHING IS HAPPENING IN THE TOPICS. IT’S NOT A STORM YET, AND IT’S WHAT IS POTENTIAL CYCLONE NUMBER TWO. IT’S SHOWING THAT IT’S IMPROVED A LOT BESIDES OF THE THUNDERSTORM THAT’S GOING TO THE SEETHED. I HAVE A 4% CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND STORMS, AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT NOT MUCH IS COMING AT THE MOMENT FOR NEW ORLEANS. THERE’S A NICE BIG BREAK AND ALLOWING US TO DRY OUT AND THE STREET FLOODING SILTATIONS TO KIND OF IMPROVE GRADUALLY. TEMPERATURES HOV NER THE 80s FOR TODAY. AS YOU SAW, MUCH WARMER AT THE LAKE. MOVING IN TODAY AND THEN THERE’S A 40 AND 50% CHANCE. MANY OF US WILL NOT SEE THE RAIN LATER ON TODAY. WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING WAS AN UNUSUAL THING TO HAPPEN AND DUMP THE RAIN WITH A HUGE DOWNPOUR AND CAUSE ALL OF THE STREET FLOODINGS IN NEW ORLEANS. WE’RE NOT GOING SEE THAT CONTINUING TONIGHT AND TOMORROW. WE COULD HAVE THE TROPICAL DOWNPOURS, BUT FOR THE SHORT TERM, WE’RE SEEING THAT AS THE WORST HAPPENING. OVERNIGHT I KEPT A NEAR 40% CHANCE AND THEN MORE RAIN POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT. THE MODEL SHOWING THINGS MUCH IMPROVED COMPARE TODAY THIS MORNING AND IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA. LOOKING AT TOMORROW AFTERNOON, WE MAY START TO SEE THE SHOWERS AND STORMS ASSOCIATED WITH WHATEVER IS HAPPEN TO GO THE SOUTH AND WRAPPING IN TO THE AREA. THIS COULD BE 3:00 P.M., AND TOMORROW WE HAVE A GOOD 70% CHANCE OF RAIN. SOME OF THAT MAY COME TO END TOMORROW NIGHT. WE WILL SEE AND THIS DEPENDS ON WHAT IS GOING ON TO THE SOUTH. FRIDAY, WE MAY START THE DAY WITH A LITTLE LESS RAIN, AND LOOK AT THIS STARTING TO SPREAD IN. THIS MODEL DOES NOT HAVE THINGS SUPER HEAVY JUST YET ON THE A FRIDAY. WE COULD SEE SOME OF THOSE HEAVIER BANDS. THIS ONE BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON KEEPS SOME OF THE REALLY HEAVY STUFF OVER TOWARDS THE CENTER OF WHAT MAYBE BY THAT POINT TROPICAL STORM BARRY OR HURRICANE BARRY OFF TO THE WEST OF US. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENT MODELS AND TAKING THEM WITH A GRAIN OF SALT AND REALIZING THAT THEY’RE GOING CHANGE, AND THAT PARTICULAR MODEL THAT I SHOWED YOU DID HAVE SOME OF THE HEAVY RAIN ON SATURDAY DISPLACED TO THE LEFT. THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING TO KEEP THE REALLY HEAVY STUFF AWAY FROM US. HERE IS WHERE THE DISTURBANCE IS RIGHT NOW. NOTICE WHERE THIS LOCATION IS AND THAT’S 155 MILTS SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THEN SOUTH OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND THEN ALABAMA AREAS. THE PRESSURE IS 1 THOUSAND AND THEN MOVING AT THIS POINT AND WEST SOUTHWEST AT 8 MILES AN HOUR. NOT GOING VERY FAST. AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT, WE’RE HEADING OUT TO THE WEST AND THEN A BIG SPREAD THAT’S HAPPENING. I HEAR THAT THE MAYOR IS SPEAKING, SO WE WILL GO STRAIGHT TO THAT.>>>GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND BEING ON THE FRONTLINE AND COMMUNICATE TO GO THE RESIDENCE AND VISITOR TOSS THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. NOW IS ABSOLUTELY THE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION. HEED EVERY SINGLE WARNING THAT COMES FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND AS YOU LISTEN TO MEDIA OUTLETS. PAY ATTENTION TO ALL TORNADO AS WELL AS FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. BE PREPARED FOR THE IMPACTS. WE KNOW THAT WE TOOK ON A LOT OF WATER THIS MORNING. UP TO 8 INCHES WITHIN THREE HOURS IN SOME AREAS LIKE BRODMOR TOOK ON 7.5. PLEASE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE PRECAUTION. WE ASK THAT YOU BEGIN TO CLEAN UP POST FLOOD FRAYING THIS MORNING IF POSSIBLE WITH MORE RAIN IN STORE FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. THIS IS THE TIME TO HELP US CLEAR DEBRIS IN FRONT OF THE CATCH BASINS. IN SOME AREAS WE KNEW THAT THEY WERE PREPARED FOR THE TRASH PICK UP THIS MORNING FOR EXAMPLE THAT DID NOT GET PICKED UP. HOWEVER, IT ENDED UP IN DRAINS AS WELL. WE’RE ASKING THE RESIDENCE AT THIS TIME TO HELP US REMOVE THAT DEBRIS. WE’RE MONITORING LEVELS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. WE’RE MONITORING THE POTENTIAL THREAT OF A TROPICAL CYCLONE 2. IT’S TOO SOON TO TELL WHAT TIM PACT WILL BE. WE BELIEVE THAT THERE’S AN IMPACT. YOU WILL HEAR FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT’S GOING GIVE US MORE DETAILS INFORMATION. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO PREPARE. GATHER SUPPLIES, PROTECT AND CLEAN THE PROPERTY AS WELL AS YOUR STREET AND WORKING WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. STAY CONNECTED TO NOLA READY AND CITY UPDATES. READNNOLA.GOV. AS YOU HEAR FROM THE AGENCIES AFTER ME, WE WILL KEEP RESIDENCE UPDATED WITH ALERT FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. I HAVE FORMALLY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AS IT RELATE TOSS THE STORMONT. IT’S BEEN SIGN AND FILED WITH THE COURTS THIS AFTERNOON. WHILE IT’S UNCERTAIN WHAT THE IMPACT WILL BE, WE WILL BE AFFECTED AND WE MUST BE PREPARED, AND WE ARE TO RESPOND AFFECTIVELY. AS WE SAW THIS MORNING, WATER CAN RISE. BE CAREFUL AND SAFE AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND NEIGHBORS. I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO BEN FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE, AND WE’RE GOING TO KEEP ON GIVING YOU UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND PARTNER AGENCIES. THANK YOU MR. BENJAMIN.>>THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. WE CURRENTLY HAVE A HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT THAT’S LOOKING FOR THE CENTER OF THIS DEVELOPING CYCLONE AS WE SPEAK. THAT’S GOING HELP US DRAMATICALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING THE CENTER THAT’S GOING HELP US WITH THE MODELING AND KNOWING WHERE IT MAY GO. YOU WILL BE SEEING A LITTLE BIT BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THE LANDFUL FROM THE HURRICANE CENTER AS THE INFORMATION COMES IN OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. AS THIS COMES IN, WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND, AND I THINK SOME OF THE MAIN POINT SOCIAL SECURITY THAT THE HEAVY RAIN IS POSSIBLE NOW THROUGH THE EXIT OF THIS STORM. TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN CAN HAPPEN IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME LIKE WHAT WE SAW THIS MORNING. AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE LAND FALL, HEAVIER BANDS OF RAIN ARE GOING TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA AND CAUSE A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY LIKE WHAT WE SAW TODAY. OTHER THINGS THAT MAYBE OF A CONCERN FOR THE CITY AND THE AREA IS GOING TO BE STORM SURGE. WATER IS THE KILLER. 75% OF THE TIME WHEN IT COMES TO TROPICAL STORMS, IT’S NOT THE WIND. WE SHOULD NOT FOCUS ON WHAT CATEGORY IT IS AND HOW STRONG THE WINDS ARE WHEN WATER IS WHAT DOES THE MOST UNFORTUNATE IMPACTS WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE LOSING THEIR LIVES. FINALLY WHEN WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE STORM, AS THE MAYOR SAYS, IT’S TIME TO PREPARE AND LOOK FOR THE PLAN AND KNOW WHAT TO DO AND LOOK FOR THE SUPPLIES. I GUESS THAT I WANT TO ADD ONE OTHER THING. OBVIOUSLY THE RIVER IS OF CONCERN. DEPENDING ON THE EXACT TRACK ON THE INTENSITY AND MANY OTHER FACTORS THAT COME IN TO PLAY WHEN IT COMES TO THE STORM SURGE, IT’S LIKELY THAT A STORM SURGE IS GOING TO MOVE UP THE RIVER AND MAY INCREASE THE LEVELS THAT WE’RE SITTING AT RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF REACHING 20 FEET. THAT’S NOT WHAT WE CONSIDER A WORST CASE SCENARIO. WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT’S ALL IMPENDING ON WHERE THE TRACK IS. IF THIS MOVES OFF TO THE EAST AND EAST, IT CAN HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE WAY THAT THE STORM SURGE INTERACTS ON THE RIVER. THEREFORE, PEOPLE NEED TO BE INDIVIDUAL LENT AS WE MOVE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON. FROM THERE, WE CAN ALL STAY SAFE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WILL GO TO DIRECTOR COLLIN HONOR FROM THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>>REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES AND SERVICES WILL BE IN THE EOC24/7 TO MONITOR IMPACTS FROM THE SYSTEM. THE REAL TIME CRIME CENTER IS GOING TO CONTINUE THE 24/7 OPERATION AND PROVIDE REAL TIME SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND MONITORING OF THE WATER ACROSS THE CITY THE MAYOR DECLARED AN EMERGENCY FOR WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING AND NOW FOR A TROPICAL STORM BARRY. I AM ASKING RESIDENCE AND THE OFFICE IS ASKING THE RESIDENCE TO PREPARE FOR THE HEAVY RAIN AND FOR POTENTIAL HEAVY POWER OUTAGES. CLEAN LEAVES FROM GUTTERS AND IF IT’S A BIGGER JOB THAN YOU CAN HANDLE, CALL 311:ALSO, IF A STORM DRAIN IS NOT FUNCTIONING, CALL 311. SECURE THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND THEN THE GARBAGE BIN. IT CREATES DEBRIS. GATHER FOOD, WATER AND MEDICATIN FOR THE FIRST THREE DAYS. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE MEDICATIONS AND IF YOU’RE A DIALYSIS PATIENT, ATTEND ANY LAST MINUTE APPOINT. S. POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE STORMS. PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CALL 311. THE SPECIAL-NEEDS CALL CENTER IS OPENED 24/7 STARTING THURSDAY TOMORROW AT 58 KM AND THEN OPENING REMAINING OF THE EVENTS FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEED IN THE CITY THAT NEED ASSISTANCE. ALL SHOULD STAY CONNECTED AND PAY ATTENTION DURING THE STORM. SIGN UP FOR ALERTS AT EMERGENCY.GOV. TEXT YOUR ZIP CODE TO 888777 FOCHLTLE US ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND EVERYTHING THAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, YOU CAN FIND ON READY DOT DOT NOLA.GOV. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, COLLIN.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR. AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM COLLIN AND AS YOU’RE GOING HEAR FROM THE REMAINDER OF THE LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF EFFORT OVER A YEAR SINCE LAST HURRICANE SEASON LOOKING AT THE PROBLEM, AND IT’S HERE TODAY. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE PUBLIC AND THE REST OF THE NATION THAT WE IN NEW ORLEANS KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT THE WEATHER BRINGS TO OUR SHORES. I WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO EVERYBODY THAT’S SPEAKING BECAUSE THEY’RE THE ONES THAT HAVE SPENT THE TIME AND DEDICATION AND AGENCIES TO DEVELOP THE PLANS, AND WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN FOLLOWING THE PLANS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OFFICERS WERE READY TO RESPOND TO CALLS THIS MORNING. WE DID NOT HAVE TO RESCUE ANYONE FROM THE RESIDENCE OR VEHICLES DURING THE MORNING HEAVY RAINS. WITH THAT BEING THE CASE, WE WANT TO REMIND THE RESIDENCE AND VISITORS ALIKE OF A COUPLE OF THINGS. KEEP IN MIND DURING EXTREME WEATHER SITUATIONS LIKE WE HAD THIS MORNING AND WEEKEND, WE’RE ALL ASKING THAT OUR CITIZEN BE SAFE AND SMART DURING THE SITUATIONS LIKE THESE. HEAVY RAINS CAN CAUSE THE STREETS TO QUICKLY BE FLOODED AND PASSABLE. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR HOME, AND DO NOT GO OUT AND DRIVE ON FLOODED STREETS THROUGH THE STANDING WATER. YOUR VEHICLE COULD STALL AND BLOCK THE STREETS AS WE’RE TRY TO GO SERVE AND PROTECT YOU ALL. AS WE HAVE BEEN TOLD, THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER COULD POTENTIALLY REACH 20 FEET OR AS HIGH AS 20 FEET AND REMAIN THERE FOR SOME TIME. IT’S VITAL THAT NO ONE DRIVE ON ANY LEVIES AT ANY TIME. WE WILL BE MONITORING THOSE VEHICLES ALONG THE LEVIES. BE PREPARED AND MONITOR THE NEWS OUTLETS AND SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS FOR THE FURTHER WEATHER DEVELOPMENT AND LATEST INFORMATION ON THE ROAD CLOSURES. IN AN EMERGENCY, WE’RE HERE TO HELP AND COME TO YOUR AIDE. WE WILL GET TO YOU AS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. UNDERSTAND THAT THE STREETS WITH STANDING WATER CAUSE THE SAME PROBLEMS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AS THEY DO FOR YOU, THE RESIDENCE. BE SAFE. WE HAVE NUMEROUS BOAT S BOATS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE PREPARED FOR ANY EVENTS THAT WE MAY FACE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. THEY HAVE BEEN ISSUED OUT TO THE DISTRICTS AS WELL AS THE DIVISIONS TO BE DEPLOYED AS NECESSARY. THE BOATS AND GENERATORS ARE READY TO JUMP IN TO ACTION AS NECESSARY. IF EVERYONE STAYS SAFE, WE SHOULD NOT NEED TO COME AND GET YOU THROUGHOUT ANY OF THIS TREMENDOUS WEATHER. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRING YOU SAFELY TO THE SITUATION.>>THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT. CHIEF McCONNELL.>>THANK YOU. THE MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ARE PREPARED. WE PREPARE FOR THIS ALL YEAR LONG. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN BRIEFED AND WE’RE UP STAFFING FOR THE EVENT. WE PROVIDE STAFFING FOR LOGISTICS AT THE EOC, AND WE HAVE BEEN UP THERE WORKING. I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE AS THEY KEEP ON SAYING, BE SMART AND STAY TUNE TODAY THE NEWS, AND STAY INSIDE AS THESE EVENTS START TO AFFECT US. IF YOU LOSE ELECTRICITY, BE MINDFUL OF THE GENERATORS OR CANDLES. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF THINGS THAT CAUSE HORRIBLE ACCIDENTS. WE HAVE CARBON MONTH NIX SIDE. REMEMBER THE GENERATOR MUST BE OUTSIDE AND 10 FEET AWAY TO AVOID CARBON POISONING AND A FIRE. CANDLES CAUSE A GREAT HAZARD. MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE USING THEM CAUTIOUSLY AND AWAY FROM THE CONTAINERS IF YOU LOSE THE ELECTRICITY AND GO TO THAT. THEY TRAIN AND WORK HARD, AND LET’S TRY AND KEEP IT NICE AND QUIET FOR THEM THROUGHOUT THE INCIDENT.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHIEF. WE WILL HAVE DR. EMILY NICHOLS WITH EMS.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>NEW ORLEANS EMS IS UP STAFFED AND READY TO PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER AS WE HAVE TODAY. WE HAVE ADDITIONAL RESIDENCE VIEW VEHICLE, AMBULANCES, COMMAND VEHICLES AND BOATS THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND READY. WE HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE LOCAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND HOSPITALS AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH LOCAL NURSING FACILITY TOSS ENSURE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE RESIDENCE. LET TODAY BE A REMINDER TO AFFIRM AND CONFIRM THE EMERGENCY PLAN, AND MAKE SURE THAT THE LOVED ONES ARE AWARE OF THE PLANS. IF YOU HAVE MEDICAL NEEDS THAT LIMIT THE ABILITY TO RESPOND AS STATED, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SPECIAL-NEEDS REGISTRY BY CALLING 311. WE WANT TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH .>>>DIRECTOR CORBIN SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD.>>THANK YOU, MA’AM. GOOD AFTERNOON. WE’RE OPERATING AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY TODAY. WE’RE FULLY STAFF AND HAVE ACTIVATED TO LEVEL 1. ALL CRITICAL STAFF IS PRESENT TO RESPOND TO ANY NEED THAT MAY ARISE. WE STARTED THIS MORNING WITH 118 PUMPS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THAT MEANS WE HAVE REDUNDANCY AT GOOD LEVELS. IF ONE PUMP GOES DOWN, WE HAVE THE SYSTEMS IN EACH AND EVERY OF THE STATIONS. WE’RE ABLE TO PRODUCE AS MUCH POWER AS WE’RE ABLE TO MANAGE THE NEEDS FOR TODAY’S EVENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. WE HAVE MONITORED THE CANALS, AND WE BELIEVE THAT THEY’RE IN GOOD CONDITION AND SHOULD RUN AT OPTIMUM TRANSITION.>>I’M GOING CALL ON CHIEF.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. WE WOULD LIKE TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT IF BASED ON THIS MORNING’S FLOOD IF YOU HAVE ABANDONED VEHICLES, CONTACT 311 IF YOU GO BACK AND THE VEHICLE IS GONE. WE HAVE MOVED THEM TO A SAFE LOCATION. IT’S NOT GOING TO COST YOU ANYTHING TO RETRIEVE THEM. WE’RE FULLY STAFFED AND WE’RE READY FROM NOW UNTIL SUNDAY. WE WILL BE FULLY STAFFED TO RESPOND TO ANY CALL S CALLS. ALSO, IF THE STREETS ARE FLOODED, DO NOT BY PASS THEM. WE WILL MOVE THINGS IN A TIMELY MANNER.>>THANK YOU.>>WE HAVE CAPTAIN BAR RINNES WITH THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. LOUISIANA STATE POLICE IS READY AND PREPARED FOR THE SITUATION. TROOP B AND M IS STAFFED WITH OPTION OF GOING TO DOUBLE STAFFING. WE’RE CONCENTRATING ON KEEPING THE ROADWAYS OPEN AND KEEPING THE PATROLS IN THE FRENCH QUARTER OPERATIONAL. WE ASK THE PUBLIC TO STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE UNLESS IT’S AN EMERGENCY. WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING, VEHICLES DRIVING THROUGH FLOODED AREAS STALLED AND STOPPED EMERGENCY RESPONDERS FROM ACCESSING VARIOUS POINT THAT IS THEY NEEDED TO ACCESS. KEEP THE VEHICLES OFF THE ROADWAY IF POSSIBLE. THERE’S LINKS ON THE WEBSITE AND ALSO THE DOT WEBSITE TO MONITOR THE ROAD CLOSURES. THANK YOU.>>WE HAVE DEREK BAYS WITH THE FLOOD PROTECTION AUTHORITY.>>DEREK BAYS WITH THE FLOOD PROTECTION EAST. I WANT TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING THE LEVIES NOT ONLY FOR THIS EVENT BUT FOR THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS THAT WE’RE IN THE HIGH RIVER. WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM AND THAT IT’S GOING TO PERFORM AS DESIGN. LAST NIGHT WE START TODAY PERFORM THE FLOOD GATES OVER THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. WE CLOSED THE ADDITIONAL ONES THIS MORNING. AT 6:00 P.M. THIS EVERYONING, WE WILL CLOSE ALL RIVER GATE IN THE ORLEANS PARISH AND STARTING DOWN RIVER AND WORKING THE WAY UP. IT’S GOING TO TAKE US 24 HOURS AND BY THURSDAY EVENING, ALL OF THE GATES WILL BE CLOSED. WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO NOT GO NEAR THE GATES WHEN WE’RE CONDUCTING THE OPERATIONS FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. IT’S BEST NOT TO GO ON THE FLOOD SIDE OF THE SYSTEM. WE’RE GOING WORK WITH THE POLICE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS THAT THERE’S NO VEHICLES OR ANYTHING LEFT OUT THERE. AGAIN, THE ENTIRE RIVER SYSTEM ON THE EAST BANK IS GOING TO BE CLOSED BY THURSDAY EVENING.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THE LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD IS READY AND PREPARED TO RESPOND WITHIN THE STATE. WE MADE A STATEWIDE PREPARATION AND WE STARTED PRESTAGING AND POSITIONING THE ASSETS STATEWIDE. HERE IN NEW ORLEANS, WE HAVE 24 HIGH WATER VEHICLES AND EIGHT SYSTEMS AND TWO AVIATION HELICOPTERS AND HOIST CAPABILITIES. WE’RE READY TO RESPOND TO ANYTHING THAT COMES AND ANY REQUESTS FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.>>WE WILL HEAR FROM THE DIRECTOR OF OUR AIRPORT, LEWIS ARMSTRONG.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR. AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL WEATHER THIS WEEKEND, THE AIRPORT HAS ENACTED IT’S 2019 HURRICANE PLAN. ALL AIRPORT IN LETS AND CATCH BASINS ARE BEING CHECKED OF DEBRIS IF ANY FOUND. WE HAVE THE STAFF ON CALL AND AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES. ADDITIONALLY, A CREW OF 60 STAFF IS IDENTIFIED IN THE EVENT OF AN EVENT. ANY EVENT THAT A TROPICAL SYSTEM IS HEADING OUR WAY, THE AIRPORT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNLESS INFRASTRUCTURE IS DAMAGED. IT’S UP TO THE AIRLINES TO DECIDE WHEN AND IF THEY’RE GOING CANCEL FLIGHTS. THEREFORE, TRAVELLERS SHOULD CHECK THE FLIGHT STATUS DIRECTLY WITH THE AIR CARRIER THAT THEY’RE TRAVELING ON BEFORE COME TO GO THE AIRPORT DURING THE EVENT OF THE NATURE. ONCE ALL AIRLINES HAVE CANCELLED FLIGHTS, THE TSA IS GOING STOP SECURITY SCREENINGS. I MUST REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE AIRPORT IS NOT A PUBLIC SHELTER DURING STORM EVENTS. THERE’S NO FOOD OR RETAIL SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, AND ANY STAFF PRESENT WILL BE FOCUSED ON RESPOND TO GO THE IMPACTS OF THE WITH ERE WEATHER ALL STAFF WILL STAY ALERT, AND WE’RE PREPARED TO TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTIONS TO KEEP OUR PASSENGERS SAFE.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE WILL HEAR FROM THE ENERGY PARTNER SANDRA MILLER.>>WE’RE CLOSELY MONITORING THE STORM AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE GULF OF THE MEXICO MOVING WEST. WE PREPARE FOR THE POOHS BLT THAT THE WEATHER SYSTEM IS GOING BRING SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, STRONG WIND, HEAVY RAIN, STRONG WINDS, HIGH TIDE TOSS THE STATE THAT’S GOING TO IMPACT THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. WE’RE PREPARING FOR THE IMPACT AND POSSIBILITY OF THE POWER OUTAGES. THE CREWS AND CONTRACTORS ARE ON ALERT, IN PLACE AND READY TO REPAIR POWER TO CUSTOMERS AS QUICK LICK AS POSSIBLE TO DO SO. SAFETY IS A CORE VALUE AT ENTER GEE, AND WE WANT THAT TO BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR YOU, TOO. THAT’S WHY WE ASK YOU FOR YOUR PERSONAL STORM PLANS AND TO GET THEM IN NOW. WE ASK EVERYONE TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP BY VISITING ENTER GEE APP.COM. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR TEXT ALERTS, YOU CAN DO SO BY TEXTING CAPITAL REG TO 368374. YOU CAN TEXT REG TO 36874. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CITY AND OFFICIALS ON THE OUTAGES AND RESTORATION AND THERE’S AN ACTIVE PART OF THE EOC TEAM. WE URGE RUE YOU TO STAY PREPARED AND GET INFORMATION FROM US AND MESSAGES FROM THE LOCAL OFFICIALS.>>NOW, SANDRA, I KNOW THAT WE HAD OVER 9 THOUSAND OUTAGES TODAY. WHERE ARE WE NOW? 6,000? >>YEAH, A LITTLE OVER 10 THOUSAND MAYOR, AND WE PRESTORED 4 THOUSAND. WE’RE WORKING ON THAT THAT AGGRESSIVELY RIGHT NOW.>>VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. I DO WANT YOU ALL TO HEAR FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SANITATION AND THEN ANNE McDONALD WITH THE PARK AND PARKWAYS.>>THANK YOU. THE DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION IS READY. ALL OF THE WORKERS ARE CONSIDERED AS PERSONNEL. THE REALITY IS THAT WE NEED EVERY CITIZEN AND EVERY BUSINESS OWNER TO ASSIST IN THE EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP AFTER SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS. WE CERTAINLY WANT MEDIUM TO BRING THEIR CARTS IN. THE RECYCLING CARTS, GARBAGE CARTS IF THE STREETS START TO FLOOD, THAT IS CRITICAL. ALTHOUGH THE CONTRACTORS ARE CONTINUING TO WORK AS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME, THEY CANNOT ACCESS STREETS THAT ARE FLOODED. THEY MAYBE ABLE TO PICK UP IF THE WATER RECEDES. IT’S UP TO THE CITIZEN TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON. DO TAKE THOSE NECESSARY STEPS TO SECURE? THE RECYCLING SO THAT WE’RE NOT CLOGGING CRITICAL STORM DRAINS. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE NOTICES. IF THE WEATHER IS TO THE POINT THAT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO COLLECT, WE WILL NOTIFY THE CITIZEN VIA THE COMMUNICATIONS CHANNEL. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, CYNTHIA. MS. ANNE McDONALD.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. PARKS AND PARKWAY AND FOREST CREWS AND CROSS GROUND TREES ARE WORKING FOR THE EMERGENCIES THIS MORNING. SHOULD YOU HAVE A DOWNED TREE OR A DOWNED TREE LIMB BLOCKING A ROADWAY OR A SIDEWALK, PLEASE CALL 911. WE ASK THAT YOU BE SPECIFIC WHETHER IT’S A COMPLETELY DOWN TREE OR IF IT’S A BRANCH BECAUSE WE DO THOSE THINGS AS NEEDED. OF COURSE, THE MAYOR CORRIDORS RECEIVE THE MOST ATTENTION BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE SAFETY VEHICLES HAVE ACCESS. WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE VEGETATION IN THE EVENT THERE’S A POWER LINE. AS CITIZEN, DO NOT GO AND TRY TO MOVE A TREE LIMB OR USE THE CHAIN SAW AT HOME TO REMOVE SOMETHING. IF IT’S A POWER LINE THAT HAS ENERGY GOING TO IT, PLEASE STAY AWAY AS EVERYONE HAS SAID BE SAFE AND SMART AS WE GET THROUGH THE EVENT TOGETHER AS A TEAM. CALL 311 IN THE SCENT OF A DOWNED TREE — IN THE EVENT OF A DOWNED TREE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, ANNE.>>NOW, I WANT TO CALL ON A FEW COUNCIL MEMBERS.>>THANK YOU MAYOR FOR THE LEADERSHIP. WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE SAFE. THERE ARE MANY VULNERABLE AREA IN THE CITY. THESE EXIT RAMPS AND ONRAMPS AND UNDERPASSES COULD FLOOD AGAIN. WE’RE HEARING THAT SEVERE WEATHER COULD BE MORE ON TOMORROW AS IT RELATES TO RAIN. WE WANT TO CITIZEN TO REPORT DOWNED LINES AND TREES. THE NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW IS POSTPONED, AND A NOTICE IS GOING OUT SHORTLY. AS I SAID, WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE SAFE. PLEASE CHECK ON OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU, COUNCIL MAN. MAN.>>ONE THING IS THAT WE’RE ALL TOGETHER. ONE THING IS THAT EVERYBODY THAT’S SPOKEN THIS MORNING IS MAKING SURE THAT EACH AND EVERY PERSON IS SAFE. EVERYBODY HEARING THIS, YOU HAVE TO COMMIT TOO. NONE OF THIS IS FUN AND GIGGLES. IT’S VERY SERIOUS. IF YOU GET A WARNING, IF YOU GET A DIRECTIVE, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING THAT WE’RE PLAYING ABOUT. WE WOULD NOT BE HERE IF THIS WAS NOT AS SERIOUS AS IT IS. A FEW WEEKS AGO I ISSUED A FUN AND CUTE WAY TO GET THE STORM DRAINS CLEARED OUT TO GET A CHALLENGE. I SENT THE E-MAILS SAYING THAT IT’S NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY. WHAT THE FACT IS THAT IT’S NOT YOUR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY. YOU CAN DEBATE THIS AND THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY. I WILL QUESTION WHETHER IT’S YOUR PRACTICAL RESPONSIBILITY. IF YOU SEE TRASH IN FRONT OF A STORM DRAIN, MOVE IT. THE WATER CAN’T GET IN TO THE STORM DRAIN. THERE’S A HIGHER PROBABILITY IT’S GOING GET IN TO YOUR HOUSE OR CAR. WHETHER YOU FEEL LEGALLY OBLIGATED OR NOT, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WATER GET TOSS WHERE IT GETS TO AND GETS PUMPED OUT. NOW, WE HAD THE TRASH BEING PICKED AND UP THE FLOOD. MANY TRASH CONTAINERS WERE KNOCKED OVER AND MANY ITEMS OF TRASH HAVE NOW JAMMED UP IN FRONT OF THE DRAINS. PLEASE, TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF. PUT YOUR GLOVES ON. GO OUT THERE AND BAG THE STUFF AND GET IT OUT OF THE WAY. DON’T FORGET, IF IT CAN’T GET IN TO THE DRAIN, IT’S GOING GET SOMEWHERE. THAT SOMEWHERE MAYBE YOUR HOUSE OR CAR. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. THE THEME IS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE CITY HAS OVER THE AND THAT’S EVERYTHING THAT HAPPEN IN THE REAL TIME. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE PROFESSIONALS AROUND US. THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND US. I’M CORN IF I DENT AS WELL. DO THE RESPONSIBILITY AROUND THE HOME, BLOCK AND NEIGHBORHOOD. THAT’S HOW THE CITY IS GOING TO COME TOGETHER. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU V. THAT CONCLUDES THE SPEAKERS. WE WILL TAKE QUESTIONS. TONYA.>>HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY THOSE FOR THOSE EXPECT AND THE ADJUSTMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE?>>YEAH, WE STARTED WITH 119 BUMPS. WE HAD ISSUES WITH TWO OF THEM AND THEN THROUGH THE MORNING WE WERE ABLE TO MANAGE THE TWO SITUATIONS AND BACK TO 110 THAT’S WHY IT’S SO CRITICAL AND THAT’S WHY I USE THE WORD OPT BECAUSE WE’RE ABLE TO DO THAT AT EACH AND EVERY PUMP STATION. AND THAT LEADS TO THE WATER AND THEN ISSUE S ISSUES.>>THE WARE GETTING TO ME, I’M ABLE TO PUMP IT. IF THERE’S AN ISSUE WITH THE BASIN AND THAT’S IMPEDING TO THE COLLECTION SYSTEM AND THAT’S SLOWING THAT DOWN AND CAUSING IT TO SLOW. THAT’S GOING TO HAVE THE SITUATION AROUND THE HOUSE. WE’RE RUNNING AT CAPACITY AND 118 PUMPS CONTINUE TO BE OP RATIONAL.>>YEAH, JUST THE SAME KIND OF QUESTIONS. IF THIS IS 118 AND 10, IS THAT A SCARY SILTATION. WE TALKED TO THOSE TODAY THAT DID NOT FLOOD THIS BAD IN KATRINA IN 200.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS WITH THE 8 INCHES IN THREE HOURS, THAT’S A MAJOR STORM.>>IT OVER POWERS IT. OURS IS UNIQUE AND YOU HAVE TO PUMP IT. IF IT’S GRAVITY, THOSE GET CHARGED AND THEN THE WATER BACKS UP. IS IT SCARY, YES. IT’S 8 INCHES OF WATER IN THREE HOURS. THAT’S SCARY.>>YEAH, JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT, THE 118 PUMP THAT YOU SAY IS GOING TO WORK, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THEY WERE ON AND WORKING AT THE FULL EFFICIENCY?>>I SAID THAT THEY WERE AVAILABLE AND THAT BRINGS THE ABUNDANCE TO EACH AND EVERY STATION THAT WE HAVE. SAY A STATION THAT HAS FOUR PUMPS. WE WOULD NEVER AT ANY GIVEN TIME RUN ALL FOUR PUMPS. THE FOURTH STANDS READY TO DO THAT OR WHATEVER AND THEN THAT’S OPTIMUM. THE WORD MAXIMUM IS NUMBER 18. THERE’S 118 AVAILABLE, BUT THAT’S DIFFERENT BASED ON HOW MANY WE USE AND WHAT THE PUMP STATIONS ARE DESIGNED TO USE.>>WAS THERE ANYTHING ON THAT AND WERE THEY ALL WORKING AS WELL?>>WELL, I CAN ANSWER THAT OFF LINE. WE HAD TWO SITUATIONS AND ONE THAT HAD TO DO WITH A LINE THAT WAS IMPACTED BY — WE NEED LIGHTNING THAT TRIPPED ONE OF THE STATIONS OR THE PUMPS OFF LINE. AND THEN THE IMPACT OF THE PUMP BEING DONE IS MINISTER. . IT COULD HAVE BEEN A HALF AN INCH LESS OR THE TIME TO DRAIN THE WATER IS GOING TAKE FIVE OBSERVATION TRAY MINUTES OR LESS. IT’S SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL OPERATION. THAT’S WHY I USE THAT WORD.>>IN LIGHT OF THE DISTURBANCE AND THEN THERE’S A HURRICANE, WE CAN TRIGGER THE CALL OR THE RIVERS THAT ARE SO HIGH.>>WELL, WHAT’S GOING TRIGGER THAT IS INFORMATION AS WE’RE CONTINUE TO GO MONITOR THAT’S GOING TO COME THROUGH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THEN OF COURSE HOW THE I EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OFFICE IS WORKING IN COLLABORATION EVEN WITH THE STATE OFFICIALS. AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION, THAT’S GOING TO INFLUENCE THE CALL. WHETHER THAT’S VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY. WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THEY’RE FAST AND QUICK AND SLOW MOVING WHEN THEY GET HERE. WE’RE LOOKING AT THIS. BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE, WE’RE GOING MAKE THE DECISIONS. AS WE KNOW RIGHT NOW, SHELTERING IN PLACE IS WHAT WE’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO DO. STAYOFF THE STREET. STAY IN YOUR HOME. PARTICULARLY AS WE WILL EXPERIENCE HEAVY RAINFALL COMING ON THURSDAY IN TO FRIDAY.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE UPSET TODAY IN PARTS OF THE UPTOWN THAT HAVE NOT FLOOD IN A LONG TIME, PEOPLE WERE DRIVING DOWN THE STREETS, AND PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WAS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM. WHEN PEOPLE WERE DRIVING TO GET THROUGH IT, IT WAS CAUSING WATER IN THE HOMES AND CARS. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THAT OR CITE PEOPLE. COULD THE OFFICE CITE PEOPLE OR HOW DO YOU POLICE SOMETHING LIKE THAT?>>YEAH, WE CAN CITE THEM, BUT THE MAIN THING IS THAT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT SOME OF THE PLACES AND VEHICLES THAT THEY’RE IN, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET THERE, TOO. WE’RE IN VEHICLES AS WELL. WE’RE PLACING OUR OFFICERS IN THE AREAS THAT WE CAN POSSIBLY MONITOR THIS, AND WE HAVE ENCOURAGED OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO JUST STAY OFF THE STREETS.>>WHERE ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE AREAS IF A STORM SURGE CAME UP?>>YEAH, FLOOD PROTECTION.>>AND THAT’S ON THE RIVER ITSELF. THERE’S ANOTHER LOCATION AT THE CORE OF ENGINEERS HEADQUARTERS. AND WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY FLOODING IN TO THAT.>>AT LAST A MINOR OF CONCERN FOR US. WE’RE CONFIDENT THAT THAT’S GOING TO BE HANDLED. WE’RE GOING TO BE PREPARE TODAY ASSIST THEM IF NEEDED.>>THANK YOU, DEAR.>>AND I WANT TO KNOW IF THERE’S ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR IF THE READY ALERTS ARE SET IN SPANISH?>>YEAH, THEY ARE.>>YES, WHEN YOU’RE RECEIVING THE NOTICES FOR THE DEVICES, YOU CAN PUT IT IN WHATEVER LANGUAGE, AND IT’S GOING TO TRANSLATE AS WELL. THAT’S ACCESSIBLE ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE AS WELL. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RESIDENCE THAT ARE SPEAKING THE RESIDENCE WHETHER SPANISH HAVE TIMELY INFORMATION AS EVERYBODY ELSE RECEIVES THE SAME LEVEL OF COMMUNICATION. NO IN TENT. IF THERE’S ANY NEED, I DON’T WANT YOU TO HESITATE. OKAY.>>JUST A QUICK CALL FOR THE MAYOR. GIVEN AN EVENT TODAY AND THERE’S MANY OF THE JAR FAIRS AND THEY WERE STALLED AND THE UPCOMING EVENT THAT IS GOING STRETCH FOR SEVERAL DAYS, WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LEAVE IF THEY CAN LEAVE SIMPLY BECAUSE IF WE GET AS MUCH RAIN AS WE DID, PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE AT THAT POINT PROBABLY FOR SEVERAL DAYS? I AM JUST WONDERING A, WOULD YOU START TO RECOMMEND PEOPLE TO LEAVE, AND THEN AT WHAT POINT WOULD YOU ANNOUNCE VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY?>>AGAIN, WE WILL ANNOUNCE VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY BASED ON INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT AND STAYING IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION AND MEANING THE OFFICE OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONNECT WINDOW THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. WE WILL MAKE THE CALLS ONCE WE FEEL THAT THEY NEED TO BE MADE. AS IT RELATE TOSS THE RESIDENCE LEAVING, PEOPLE CAN MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS BASED ON THE EXISTING CONDITIONS NOW. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALWAYS DO. BASED ON THE HEAVY RAINFALL THAT WE EXPERIENCED THIS MORNING AND THIS MORNING, I THINK THAT WE ANTICIPATE SOME OF THE SAME CONDITIONS AS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY APPROACH. ONCE WE GET MORE INFORMATION, AGAIN THROUGH THE PARTNERS, I WILL MAKE THAT DETERMINATION OF WHETHER OR NOT VOLUNTARY AND/OR MANDATORY. THAT’S WHY WE’RE ASKING THE RESIDENCE TO STAY TUNED TO COMMUNICATIONS COMING FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AT EVERY LEVEL. TAKE IT SERIOUS, AND WE’RE GOING DO AND THEN MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE COMMUNICATING NOT ONLY AFFECTIVELY AND READY. OKAY. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. STAY SAFE.>>YOU HAVE BEEN LISTEN TO GO THE MAYOR AND OTHER CITY OFFICIALS TALKING ABOUT THE SITUATION THAT WE JUST WENT THROUGH EARLY THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON ON THE SEVERE FLOODING SITUATION THAT MANY NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE SEEN AND ALSO THE RAIN EVENT.>>YEAH, THEY HAVE SIGNED THE STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE UPCOMING SYSTEM THAT WE’RE GOING FACE LATER ON THIS WEEK. IN THE MEANTIME, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IN THE LOWER LEFT PART OF THE SCREEN, WE HAD A FOROR THE WARNING, AND FOR THE LATEST ON TODAY’S WEATHER LET’S GO TO ALLISON AND THE LOCAL MEDIA EXPERT AND WEATHER EXPERT. EXCUSE ME. TELL ME ABOUT THIS. THIS IS STILL A FLUID SITUATION.>>YEAH, IT HAS CHANGED NOW TO A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING. THIS IS REALLY CLOSE TO THE COAST AND REALLY CLOSE TO THE GULF WATERS AT THIS POINT. THERE’S A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING UNTIL 3:15. THERE WAS A ROTATION ON THE RADAR, AND YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT. IT’S A LITTLE BIT FAINT. WHERE THE GREENS ARE IN THE RED, THAT’S TO THE RADAR SITE. THIS IS WHERE THE CIRCULATION IS HAPPENING JUST NORTH OF THE AREA. THIS IS NO LONGER A TORNADO WARN STORM. IF YOU’RE AROUND THE AREA AND OUTSIDE OF THE SHOW AREA OFF TO THE WEST OR JUST SOUTH OF WHERE IT’S HAPPENING, YOU MAY WANT TO STAY INDOORS AND PLAY IT SAFE. THIS IS A ROTATION AND NOT TORNADO WORN ANYMORE. THERE’S ROTATION SHOWING UP ON THE RADAR. YOU’RE GETTING HEAVY RAIN IN THIS AREA, AND THAT’S MOVE TO GO THE SOUTHWEST AT 20 MILES AN HOUR. THERE’S A LOT OF LIGHTNING WITH THIS AS WELL. MANY STRIKES WITH THIS ONE SMALL CELL THAT’S CONTINUING TO MOVE OUT. THIS REALLY WON’T BE IN THE AREA MUCH LONGER, AND IN FACT IN THE NEXT 15 MINUTES OR SO, IT SHOULD BE SOUTH OF THE AREA AND CONTINUING OUT OVER THE GULF WATERS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THAT’S REALLY THE ONLY AREA THAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR REALLY A STRONG THUNDERSTORM ACTION RIGHT NOW. NEW ORLEANS IS DRY, BUT IN ORDER TO OF THE LAKE WE’RE START TO GO SEE THE THUNDERSTORMS MOVING BACK IN. THESE ARE SMALL SHOWERS IN HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI. WE WILL SEE IF THERE’S ANY BRIEF DOWNPOUR IN THE AREA AS WE GO TO THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. THEY’RE LIGHT RIGHT NOW. IT DOES LOOK LIKE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING, WE WILL SEE THE TEMPERATURES CONTINUING IN TO THE 80s. WE WILL SEE THE RAIN CHANCE AT 40 OR 50%. SOME ARE GOING TO BE MOVING FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. THEN TOMORROW I HAVE IT NEAR 70%. A BIG BREAK FOR NEW ORLEANS AND THEN THAT’S GOING TO BE THE FLOODING FROM THE EARLIER DOWNPOURS AND THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WE’RE SEEING THE ACTIVITY.>>THANK YOU ALESSANDRA. WE HAVE BEEN COVERING THE MAJOR EVENTS FOR THE MORNING AND THAT’S HEAVY RAIN, STREET FLOODING AND A POSSIBLE TORNADO. WE SAW ONE HOME LIKE THAT.>>YEAH, SO MUCH GOING ON. WE’RE WAITING FOR WHAT IS UP AHEAD. A LOT OF STORM PREPS GOING ON, AND AT THE SAME TIME WE’RE GOING THROUGH THE CLEAN UPS. AND THAT’S THE LOCAL AND CERTAINLY IT’S GOING TO TOUCH UPON THAT AND THEN THERE’S A FINER POINT OF WHAT IS COMING. FROM THE MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF AS WELL, AND EVERYBODY IS LEANING TOWARDS TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE TIME TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT MAYBE APPROACHING AND GET THE SUPPLIES IN ORDER AND THEN THE EVACUATION PLANS.>>AND HEED THE ALERTS. STAY TUNED. THEY HAVE FILED THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND SAYING THAT THEY’RE PREPARED. THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE UPCOMING SYSTEM. WHEN ASKING WHY DID WE SEE SO MANY FLOODING. WE CAN PUMP WHAT IS TO US. AND THAT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF THE CATCH AND THAT’S A COUPLE OF YEARS AND THEN IF YOU SEE THE AND THEN THAT’S GOING TO BE ACCORDING TO THE SEWAG SECTION WATER BOARD. IF ANYONE THAT HAS SEEN THE ISSUES OR CLOGGED, THERE’S NO EXCUSE TO IF YOU’RE ABLE TO DO IT SAFELY JUST TO CLEAR IT BECAUSE IT CAN SAVE YOUR CAR AND POSSIBLY SOME DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY.>>YEAH, AND SAYING 8 INCHES IN SOME AREAS AND THEN THAT’S GOING TO MAY. IN THE SPAN OF THREE HOURS, IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH FOR ANY POINT SYSTEM TO CATCH UP. HE SAID NO ONE COULD HAVE HANDLED THAT WATER IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE VIDEO SHARED BY THE VIEWERS JEFFREY WOLF SHARING AND THAT’S INSIDE RIGHT NOW AND THEN THE STREETS ARE DRAINING AND WE’RE AT A POINT THAT WE CAN ACCESS WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER TODAY. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER TODAY. MANY PEOPLE WAKING UP THIS MORNING AND SEEING WATER ON THE STREETS AND THEN AND THAT’S SHUTTING DOWN. IT WAS REALLY WIDESPREAD TODAY.>>YEAH, I WOKE UP AND THE MAYOR WAS SAYING AND THEN THAT’S A FEW MINUTES AGO AND THEN GOING DOWN TO 6600 AND THEN THAT’S STILL WITHOUT THE POWER NOW.>>WE MAY HAVE TO SEE AND THAT’S CERTAINLY A CALM.>>WE’RE GOING TO GIVE IT MORE STORM IN THE FORECAST THEN THROUGH THE DAY TODAY AND WE’RE HOPING TODAY THAT IT’S MORE OF A PREP DAY TO BE READY FOR WHAT IS A VERY BUSY SEVERAL DAYS, BUT YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES MOTHER NATURE DOES NOT LET YOU HAVE THE PLANNING DAY. AND WE CAN ORGANIZE THE SYSTEM AND THEN THAT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THAT, AND THEY’RE GOING TO FIND OUT. THEY CAN COLLECT THE DAY THAT THAT’S IN THE COMPUTER MODEL AND THEN THE LATER RUNS SHOULD BE A BIT MORE ACCURACY. NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE MORE ACCURACY FROM THE ADDITIONAL DATA FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTERS, BUT AS WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME BARRY GETS MORE ORGANIZED AND COMPUTER MODELS HAVE A FAR BETTER IDEA ON WHERE THIS IS GOING TO GO AND THERE’S A CLOSE CIRCULATION. AT THE MOMENT, THERE’S NO CLOSE CIRCULATION. REPORTING THIS OUT ALL MORNING LONG AND ALL DAY LONG. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SATELLITE, YOU CAN SEE THE SURFACE BASE CLOUDS AT A LOWER ELEVATION AND THEN THAT’S OFF TO THE BEACH AND THEN YOU DO NOT SEE THAT CONVENTION TRYING OUT AND THEN AND THE STORM IS STRUGGLING AT THE MOMENT TO DO ANYTHING. WE’RE NOT GOING TO SEE ANYTHING AS A NAMED STORMED TODAY. BY TOMORROW, MAYBE WE WILL START TO SEE A LITTLE BIT BETTER ORGANIZATION. EVEN TOMORROW WE MAY NOT REALLY HAVE THAT CLEAN CUT AND THEN THAT’S NEAR THE CENTER AND NOT DOING MUCH. NORMALLY WHEN YOU SEE THESE DEVELOPED ORGANIZED TROPICAL SYSTEMS AND THEN THAT’S ON THE SIDE, AND YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT. IT’S BEEN WIDESPREAD ACROSS MUCH OF THE GULF COAST. WITH THAT IN MIND, YOU KIND OF LOOK AT THE FORECAST AND TRACK AND TAKE THAT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. WE WILL LIKELY SEE ADDITIONAL RAIN CHANCES. WE HAVE A POSSIBLY — POSSIBLE DEPRESSION AND THAT’S KIND OF TWO AS WE GO THROUGH THE REST OF THE NIGHT TONIGHT AND IN TO THE MORNING. EVEN IF IT’S A DEPRESSION, IT’S CALLED TWO AND WILL START TO GET MORE ORGANIZATION WITH IT. NOW, THAT’S BY THURSDAY MORNING. DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY, THEY’RE SAYING THAT THEY’RE GOING TO LIKELY BE TROPICAL STORM BARRY. AT THAT POINT, IT’S BASICALLY JUST SOUTH OF THE RIVER AND CONTINUING ALONG THE TRACT, AND THEN STARTING TO MAKE THIS NORTHERNLY JOG. IT’S A NORTHERLY JOG. THAT’S A QUESTION ON WHEN THAT HAPPENS. KEEP IN MIND THAT THEY MAY NOT CATCH UP WITH THIS SYSTEM, AND THIS CONTINUE TOSS MOVE OFF TO THE WEST. SOME OF THE MODELS HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT IT’S A SLOW MOVING SYSTEM TO THE SOUTH. THAT IS WHAT WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE, AND WE’RE PILING UP THE WATERS ON THE EASTERN SHORELINES FOR BETTER. EVERYONE AT A FORECASTED PATH AND THEN EAST TEXAS AND THEN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, THAT DOES KEEP US ON THE WET SIDE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. BY THE TIME WE’RE UP TO SHREVEPORT, WE’RE CLEARING OUT BY SUNDAY. TOMORROW MORE SO ON SATURDAY IS THE WETTEST DAYS AND THEN THE SHOWERS ON IN TO SUNDAY. THEY SHOULD BE TAPERING OFF. BECAUSE OF THE PROXIMITY RIGHT NOW, WE’RE ON THE COAST WITH A TROPICAL STORM WATCH. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. THEN THERE’S A STORM SURGE WATCH AND THEN THE SOUTHERN PHASE ASKING ONLY BECAUSE OF THE POSITION OF THE STORM. DOWN TO THE SOUTH WE’RE GOING GET THE EASTERN WIND AND THEN SOUTHEASTERN WIND THAT’S GOING TO START TO PUSH WATER AGAINST THE MIGHT OF THE RIVER. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE RIVER LEVELS GOING UP FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS ON SATURDAY. IT WAS VERY INTEREST FRAYING THE CORE OF ENGINEERS DISCUSSION EARLIER. THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE SALT WATER ACTUALLY COMING UP THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IS THERE’S A SURGE GOING UP AGAINST THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER, AND THAT’S GOING TO PREVENT THE SURGE DOWN RIVER FROM GOING ANYWHERE. IF IT DOES NOT HAVE THAT EXIT POINT, IT’S GOING START TO BACK UP. YOU HAVE THE STRONG CURRENT WITH NOWHERE TO GO AND NO WATER LEVELS RISING. LUCKILY AND HOPEFULLY THE STORM MOVES BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE SOUTH EASTERLY WIND LAST FOR LONG. WE WANT TO SEE THAT GO DOWN AS FAST AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT THE RIVER WATER CAN CONTINUE TO TRAIN OUT. THE LONGER THAT IT GOES UP TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIVE AND THE SHORELINES, THE LONGER OF HAVING THAT HIGH WATER IN TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS GOING TO LAST. UP IN TO THE UPPER AND MID-LEVELS, WE DO NOT REALLY HAVE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR A TROPICAL SYSTEM. WE HAVE THIS LOW, AND THERE’S A BROAD UPPER LEVEL LOW. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE SO MUCH CONVENTION AND THUNDERSTORM IN THE NORTHERN GULF COAST. THAT’S WHERE HE WILLY WHAT BROUGHT US THE HEAVY RAINFALL EARLIER THIS MORNING. THAT WAS THE NATURE AND AIR MASS AND WE HAD THE RAINFALL. WE HAD THE STORMS THAT JUST SAT OVER THE CITY. UNFARN NATALIE, IT WAS OVER THE CITY, AND WE SAW 5 TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL. A COUPLE OF THINGS TO NOTE IS THE BIG AND UPPER HIGH AND THEN THERE’S AN UPPER TROUGH TRY TO GO DIG IN TO THE PLAINS AND THEN THE HIGH OFF TO THE EAST. THEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO BE BARRY. NOW, THE REASON THAT THE MODELS ARE GOING WITH THIS UP TO THE NORTH IS THAT THE UPPER TROUGH IS GOING ERODE AWAY THE BLOCKING HIGH AND BEGIN THAT MOTION TO THE NORTH. IF THE THIS HIGH STAYS STRONG ENOUGH, IT’S GOING TO KEEP BARRY DOWN THE SOUTH AND MAINTAIN THE WESTERLY MOTION FOR EVEN LONGER. ALSO, THE BERMUDA HIGH IS GOING PUSH TO THE NORTH AND THEN THAT’S GOING TO BE PICKED UP BY AN UPPER DISTURBANCE. THE ORGANIZATION IS NOT QUIET THERE YET. UNTIL IT GETS BETTER ORGANIZED, IT’S STILL VERY MUCH AN UNCERTAIN SITUATION THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING AND HOPING FOR THAT — AT LEAST MORE CONFIDENCE AND MORE CERTAINLY OF WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE WHAT WE SEE IS THE STRONG WINDS ON FRIDAY AND IN TO SATURDAY AND THEN THE POTENTIAL FOR STORM SURGE AND THEN THE HIGHER RIVER LEVELS ON SATURDAY AND THEN EXCESSIVE RAINFALL AND WE COULD SEE TEN INCHES OF RAIN IN THE AREA OVER THE COURSE OF THE ENTIRE WEEKEND. THE WORST OF THE RAINFALL IS SOUTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN LOUISIANA AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW. THIS IS AN EVER CHANGING SITUATION THAT WE’RE TRYING TO BRING YOU UP DATED INFORMATION AS WE CAN.>>WE APPRECIATE IT. SO MANY VARIABLES STILL UNKNOWN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>YEAH, AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO WHAT IS MAYBE COMING OUR WAY, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE ISSUES SPECIFICALLY THE DRAINING ISSUES BECAUSE IF WE COULD NOT HANDLE AND WE HEARD THIS BEFORE EARLIER TODAY THAT ANY SYSTEM CANNOT HANDLE THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT WE DID.>>YEAH, SO THE MAYOR WAS JOINED BY ALL OF THE CITY DIRECTORS AND BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE AND OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS AND THE MESSAGE IS AS FAR AS THE SEWAGE BOARD AND DEAL BEING THE FLOOD CONDITIONS, THEY’RE WORKING AT LEVELS WITH 118 OUT OF 120 PUMPS, AND THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY’RE ALL ON AT THE SAME TIME BUT AS NEEDED THROUGHOUT THIS EVENT AND THIS MORNING, THERE WERE TWO MINOR EVENTS AND ONE OF THEM TRIPPED AND WORKING PUMP. THAT WAS ONE ISSUE, AND OTHERWISE, THE MESSAGE WAS THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN WAS JUST TOO OVERWHELMING FOR THIS SYSTEM TO HANDLE. THAT’S WHAT LED TO THE VERY WIDESPREAD STREET FLOODING THAT MADE THEM IMPASSABLE. NOW, I WILL SAY THAT THOSE EVENTS SEEMED TO COLOR THE PROGNOSIS FOR THE STORM. VERY SOBER AND DIRECT PRESS CONFERENCE ON WHAT TO EXPECT. RIGHT NOW THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER HERE ON THE 9th FLOOR IS IN FULL OPERATION AND ALL HANDS ON DECK. ALL OF THE MAJOR DEPARTMENTS, FIRE, POLICE, EMS HAVE UP STAFFED EVERYBODY IS IN PREPARATION. THE QUESTION THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THIS STORM GOING TO BRING? THIS MORNING ON THE WET SID OF THE STORM, THAT’S ON HIGH ALERT. AND THAT’S GOING TO PUT IT AT IT AND WE KNOW THAT IT’S GOING TO BE IN THE LEVY AND MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THEN THAT’S 20 FEET. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE ON EDGE. THE MOST VULNERABLE AREAS ARE THE LOCK, AND THEN AT THE CORE HEADQUARTERS, BUT THEY DID NOT SEEM CONCERNED ABOUT EITHER. DID YOU GET THAT SAME READ?>>YES, IT’S IRONIC THAT THE WEAK REFRAININGS OR VULNERABLE SPOTS IS RIGHT THERE ALONG THE RIVER AT THE ARMY CORE OF ENGINEERS HEADQUARTERS. HOWEVER, THE HEAD OF THE FLOOD PROTECTION AUTHORITY EAST SAID THAT THOSE — WHILE THOSE ARE THE LOWEST SPOTS OF THE LEVY PROTECTION SYSTEM, THEY DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO BE COMPROMISED EVEN IF THE RIVER LEVEL RISE TOSS THE FLOOD STAGE IN 19 TO 20 FEET AND THAT THE LOCK AT THE INDUSTRIAL CANAL FOR EXAMPLE HAS A SPILL OVER BASIN AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO ABSORB THAT. HE DID POST ANOTHER ONE WITH THE CORE OF ENGINEER BUILDING AND THEY’RE ALREADY VISION IT IN PLACE BECAUSE THAT’S GOING EXPERIENCE SOME TOPIC OF THE LEVY. THERE’S SOME SORT OF FLOOD FLIGHT MEASURE THAT THEY ALREADY KICKED OFF AT THAT LOCATION. OVERALL, YOU’RE CORRECT. THE CONCERN WAS NOT THAT GREAT. THE BIGGEST CONCERN WAS THAT AND THEN THAT’S CLEARLY 8 TO 9 INS OF RAIN.>>I THINK THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT SITUATION. WE SAW A GOOD CLIP AND CHUNK OF RAIN. WE’RE TALKING 5 TO 10 INCHES WITHIN A TWO TO THREE HOUR SPAN. LET’S GET BACK TO WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT. I THINK THAT WE HEARD THE OFFICIAL AFTER OFFICIAL COMING UP THERE AND URGING THEM TO CATCH THAT. WE DO NOT REPLY ON THE GRAVITY HERE. WE DO NOT PUMP THAT OUT, AND 23 THAT IS IMPEDING WHERE THEY’RE SUCK NOTHING THE WATER, THAT’S GOING BACK UP THE SYSTEM. TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE PLANNING TO DO AND WHAT THEY’RE URGING PEOPLE TO DO WHEN IT COMES TO THE CATCH PHASE?>>THAT’S A CONCERN. THEY CANNOT ALLOW THE WATER TO GET OFF THE STREETS AND IN TO THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM. WIN PROBLEM IS THAT TODAY WAS GARBAGE PICK UP DAY. TRASH CANS WERE THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND A LOT OF LOOSE DEBRIS AND GARBAGE WAS IN THE STREETS. IT HAS GOTTEN CAUGHT, AND ALL OF THE OFFICIALS, AND THEY PUT AN EXTRA EMPHASIS ON THIS WERE URGING PEOPLE TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE AND GO AND CATCH THE CATCH BASINS ON THE BLOCK AND NEIGHBORHOOD. CLEAR THEM AND CLEAR THE GARBAGE AND BAH DREW AS THEY WOULD IN ANY SITUATION. ESPECIALLY NOW. ONE OF THE THINGS IS THAT I SAW A LOT OF STANDING WATER THAT DID NOT SEEM TO BE MOVING AND I POSED THAT QUESTION. HE SAID THAT THERE WAS NO PROBLEM AS FAR AS THE PUMPS OPERATING. HE I GUESS SAID THAT MANY IN CASES THEY WERE BLOCK AND ALLOWED THE WATER TO STAND IN THE STREETS AND UNABLE TO GET IN TO THE DRAIN. THAT WAS AN EMPHASIS AND ESPECIALLY WITH THE GARBAGE BEING TOPPLED AND BLOCKED. CLEAN THE CATCH BASINS. WE SAW THIS MORNING PEOPLE WITH RACKS AND OTHER TOOLS. I SAW ONE GENTLEMEN THAT HAD HIS CHILD’S BEACH TOYS CLEANING OUT A CATCH BASIN. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT AND DOING PRIOR TO ANYMORE RAIN COMING IN.>>THANK YOU VFRP. THEY ALSO EMPHASIZED THAT THERE’S A SYSTEM OF REDONE DANCE AND IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ONE OF THE TWO PUMPS LIKE IT DID TODAY, IT’S OPERATING AT OPTIMAL CAPACITY.>>YEAH.>>>WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE ORLEANS PARISH AND THE RAIN WAS NOT CONFINED TO THEM. LET’S GET OVER TO JEFFERSON PARISH. WE’RE JOINED ON THE PHONE, AND WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, AND ASK FOR A UPDATE ON THE CLEAN STORM CLEAN UP TODAY AND THE REST OF THE WEEK.>>YEAH, WE HAVE 80 THOUSAND CASH PHASES IN THE PARISH. SINCE JANUARY 1ST, WE HAVE CLEARED 5 THOUSAND OF THOSE. IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, WE HAVE CLEANED A THOUSAND. WE HAVE HAD CREWS OUT ALL DAY TODAY. OF THE 187 PUMPS THAT WE HAVE IN THE JEFFERSON PAR RICH, WE HAVE 186 FUNCTIONING. WE’RE AT 99.5. THE STATION THAT HAS DONE DOWN IS THE STATION. THERE’S NINE OTHER PUMPS AT THE STATION. THIS CAUSES A MINOR IMPACT. WITH THREE AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN, AND THEN THE AREAS WE’RE HAVING THANKFUL THAT THE PUMP TO THE RIVER IS THERE. THE NEW PUMP STATION THAT WE HAVE IN THE COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BECAUSE THAT’S CERTAINLY HELPED WITH THE STRESS OVER THERE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT’S LIKE WITH THE PUMP STATION. WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK NOW AND FULLY ENGAGED AT ALL OF THE PUMP STATIONS. AND WE DO EVERYTHING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU WHAT IS MONITORING IN THE GULF AND AS WE HAVE LOOKED TO WHAT THIS IS GOING TO DEVELOP IN TO AND WHAT IT’S GOING GO. WE’RE GOING TO BE CONCERNED BECAUSE WE’RE EXPECTING SOMETHING TO DEVELOP WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND THEN IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND 72 HOURS, WE WILL SEE WHAT THIS IS AND WHAT IT’S GOING TO GO. AND IF NECESSARY THEY’RE GOING CLOSE THE FLOOD GATES AT THE END OF THE 17th STREET TO ENGAGE IN THE NEW SUPER PUMP STATION THAT WE GOT A RIVER ON EARLIER THIS YEAR. THAT’S GOING TO STOP THE STRESS OFF THE 17th STREET CANAL AND NOT PUT THE STRESS ON THE WALLS LIKE IT DID IN KATRINA. AS LONG AS STATION 6 KEEPS ON PUMP THAWING WATER OUT, WE CAN GET IT IN THE LAKE. WITH THE STORM, WE’RE CONCERNED ON THE LAKE LEVELS RISING. THE ONLY GOOD NEWS WITH THE LAKE LEVELS RISING, YOU CAN ENGAGE THE STATION AND AT LAST IN JEFFERSON PARISH AND CAUSING THE LAKE TO RISE, AND SO THAT STATION IS GOING TO BE ENGAGED AND DRAIN THAT QUICKER. THAT’S NOT GOING TO PUSH IT ON THE WALL. THAT’S THE KEY. WE HAVE A LOT OF THE PHASE IN THE CORE OF THE ENGINEERS AND THEN THE CONSTRUCTION THAT WAS DONE POST KATRINA. IF WE CAN GET THE WATER OUT, THERE’S NO STRESS ON THE WALLS, AND WE LEARN SI WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.>>IN ORLEANS PARISH, GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE STATUS UPDATE AND THE STANDING WATER.>>WE HAD STANDING WATER. I THINK THAT ALL THE WATER IS PUMPED DOWN NOW. WE’RE PRETTY GOOD THERE. WHERE WE WENT TODAY IT ACTUALLY GOT ABOUT 7 INCHES OF RAIN IN AN HOUR AND A HALF. THAT’S A HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD EVENT. THAT’S CERTAINLY CAUSING SOME SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE THERE. I WAS WITH MARY JO PEOPLES EARLIER TODAY. HE SAID THAT EVERY SINGLE STREET IN WEST WE GO WAS FLOODED. THAT WAS A GREAT CONCERN TO US. RIGHT NOW IN JEFFERSON PARISH, ENTER GEE IS REPORTING 14 THOUSAND CUSTOMERS STILL OUT. WE JUST DROVE THROUGH THE CLEAR VIEW AREA. I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO AVOID THE AREA. SOME STREET LIGHTS ARE OUT. IF YOU CAN TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTES HOME, WE’RE JUST WAITING FOR THE ENERGY TO RESTORE THAT. THEY’RE WORKING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.>>WE WERE JUST READ FRAYING THE PARISH THAT THE PARISHES ARE GOING TO CLOSE TOMORROW AT 12:00 P.M. THE PUMP STATIONS WILL STILL BE IN OPERATIONAL, TOO.>>YEAH, WE WILL HAVE ALL OF THE PUBLIC WORKS CREWS ARE ENGAGED TOMORROW. THIS IS FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, SO IF WE GET THE BANDS OF HEAVY RAIN, WE WILL NOT HAVE EMPLOYEES HERE AT THE BUILDING. OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, WE’RE GETTING CALLS EARLIER TODAY ARE WE SHUTTING DOWN. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I DID NOT IS BECAUSE THE SURROUNDING ROADS AROUND THE BUILDING AND THE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AND WEST BANK WERE GRID LOCK. I DID NOT WANT TO PUT MORE TRAFFIC THERE. WE FELT THAT IT WAS SAFE FOR THE EMPLOYEES TO GET HOME IN THE EVENING. TOMORROW, WE DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THAT CHANCE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE GOING SHUT DOWN FOR THE NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES AT NOON AND ALL THE WAY TO FRIDAY.>>HAVE WE HEARD THE OFFICIALS TALK ABOUT THE MOST VULNERABLE PLACES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEE. WHERE ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE ONES ALONG THE JEFFERSON PARISH?>>WELL, ALONG THE RIVER WE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THE WAY THAT THE CORE HAS RAISED OUR LEVY PROTECTION ALONG THE RIVER TO 25 FEEL THAT IT NEEDS TO BE. WE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THE LEVIES ARE GOING TO BE OKAY. THE AREA THAT IS WE WORRY ARE NOT BY THE>>WE HAVE PORTABLE PUMPS DISPATCHED TO LAFITTE TO HANDLE THOSE ISSUES. WE HOPE WE DON’T HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH THE RIVER LEVEE. THAT COULD CAUSE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE. SIFLA EAST AND WEST HAVE INFORMED THAT YOU SAY THEY ARE MONITORING THOSE LEVEES. IF THEY SEE ANY ISSUES THEY WILL LET US KNOW AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE AND LET US KNOW WHAT THEIR PLAN. >>LASTLY, AFTER SEEING ALL THE HAVOC, AND I DON’T WANT TO BLOW IT OUT OF PROPORTION, BUT I THINK ENOUGH PEOPLE’S LIVES WERE AFFECTED, MOVING AROUND TIN MORNING COMMUTE, THEN GETTING STUCK BECAUSE OF IMPASSABLE ROADS AND STREETS, DID THIS EVENT THIS MORNING GIVE YOU CONCERN ABOUT HOW THE METRO AREA CAN HANDLE AN EVENT LIKE THIS WHILE WE’RE ALSO MONITORING WHAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY A MORE MAJOR EVENT THAT’S BREWING IN THE GULF? >>WELL OF COURSE IT DOES. NOW, AGAIN, SPEAKING ON JUST TO JEFFERSON PARISH, WE HAVE ADDED THREE NEW PUMP STATIONS. THE PUMP TO THE RIVER, THE ST. PARTY’S PUMP STATION NEAR CLEARVIEW AND EARHART, TO TRY TO ALLEVIATE THAT ISSUE, AND, OF COURSE, THE NEW AIRPORT PUMP STATION THAT’S GOING TO HELP DRAIN THE RUNOFF AT THE AIRPORT. WE’RE ENHANCING PUMP CAPACITY UP AGAINST ST. CHARLES PARISH WHICH SHOULD BE DONE FAIRLY SHORTLY. THAT STATION WILL ENGAGE WITH EVEN MORE CFS. I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT WITH THE PUMP CAPACITY WE HAVE, WE ARE ABLE TO PUMP IT DOWN AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. NOW, GIVE US SEVEN INCHES LIKE WESTWEGO GOT, WHEN WE ONLY HAVE 1500CFS OVER THERE, THAT’S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM. WE HAVE STRONGER LEVEES, MORE PUMPS, AN OUTSTANDING DRAINAGE DIRECTOR, JOSE GONZALEZ, THOSE GUYS, I HAVE A LOT OF FAITH TO MAKE SURE WE’RE CLEANING OUT CATCH BASINS, DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO ON A DAILY BASIS SO WHEN THESE EVENTS COME THROUGH WE CAN DO IT. I’M IMPRESSED THAT THEY HAVE CLEANED 6800 CATCH BASINS. AND IT’S ALL THE LIONS BETWEEN. WHEN WE HAVE TO RAMP UP AND CLEAN QUICKLY WE JUST CLEAN THE CATCH BACHES. SO I THINK WE DO A GOOD JOB IN JEFFERSON PARISH OF MAINTAINING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND BRINGING NEW INFRASTRUCTURE ON-LINE. IN DISTRICT 5, WE’RE ADDING MINI PUMP STATIONS TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE STRESS IN OLD METAIRIE WHICH WILL HELP IN OLD JEFFERSON. SO ALL OF THESE PROJECT TOGETHER WE KNOW WE’RE TRYING TO HAVE A BETTER, MORE RESILIENT, DRAINABLE JEFFERSON PARISH. AS WE WERE TALKING, THE MAYOR IN GRAND ISLE ISSUED A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION AS INVEST 92 MAKES ITS WAY CLOSER TO US. DO YOU ANTICIPATE CALLING FOR ANY SORT OF EVACUATION, VOLUNTARY OR OTHERWISE? >>UP, OUTSIDE OF GRAND ISLE AND LOWER LYING LA FEET, WE DEFINITELY — I DEFINITELY CONSULT WITH MAYOR KERNER. HE WATCHES OUT FOR NOT JUST INCORPORATED LA FEET BUT UNINCORPORATED LAFITTE AND BARATARIA. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I HOPE NOT BUT DEPENDING UPON HOW THE WIND PUSHES THAT WATER UP, THAT’S CERTAINLY A CONCERN. MAYOR CARMADEL IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, BECAUSE WHEN THOSE LOWER LYING AREAS BEFORE YOU HIT L.A. 1, THE ELEVATED SECTION, IF THAT GOES UNDERWATER, YOU ARE NOW TRAPPED. I WOULD DEFINITELY HEED THE MAYOR’S WARNING AND TAKE REFUGE SOMEWHERE ELSE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME THINK. >>THANK YOU. >>THE LEVEE PROTECTION AUTHORITY. I HOPE I’M GETTING THE TITLE RIGHT. YOU DID. >>WE HEARD YOU EARLIER TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE LOWER POINTS THAT OF A CONCERN TO YOU. BUT OVERALL, LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING AND WHAT YOU SAW TODAY WITH THE EVENTS, HAVING THAT MUCH RAIN. WHAT’S CONCERNING TO YOU REGARDING A THE LEVEES AFTER SEEING THE RAIN WE SAW TODAY? >>WE’RE CONFIDENT IN THE LEVEE SYSTEM FOR THE ENTIRE REGION, WHETHER IT’S THE HURRICANE SYSTEM OR THE RIVER. WE KNOW THE SYSTEM WILL PERFORM AS DESIGNED. WHILE THINGS ARE CERTAINLY SATURATED FROM NOT ONLY THE RAIN, WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH A HIGH RIVER SITUATION FOR EIGHT MONTHS PLUS NOW. BUT WE’RE STILL CONFIDENT THAT THINGS WILL PERFORM AND ESPECIALLY UNDER THE STRESS THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. >>WALK US THROUGH THIS, BECAUSE WE KEEP HEARING THAT THE SURGE COULD TAKE US TO 20 FEET BUT THE CORPS HAS US PROTECTED TO 25 FEET. WHY SHOULD WE FEEL COMFORTABLE? >>IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU ARE IN THE. THE JEFFERSON LEVEES ARE HIGHER THAN THEY ARE IN ORLEANS AND ST. BERNARD. JEFFERSON GOES 25 PLUS. ORLEANS AND ST. BERNARD ARE 20 FOR THE MOST PART. WE ARE EVALUATING SOME LOW SPOTS IN — WE’RE ALWAYS EVALUATING LOW SPOT, LET ME PUT THAT IT WAY. THE LOWEST SPOT IS THE INDUSTRIAL CANAL LOCK IN OR LEAPS PARISH. THAT IS OF A LESS CONCERN. OBVIOUSLY WE WILL MONITOR IT. THE WATER THERE THAT WOULD OVERTOP WOULD GO STRAIGHT INTO THE INDUSTRIAL CANAL BASIN WHICH IS PROTECTED BY ITS OWN SERIES OF FLOOD WALLS. SO THAT ONE WE’RE WATCHING BUT WE ARE NOT AS CONCERNED ABOUT. THERE IS A LOW SPOT AT THE CORPS HEADQUARTERS NEAR CARROLLTON. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN FLOOD PLAN. IN FACT I SPOKE TO THEIR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, AND THEY’RE PUTTING THAT INTO PLACE NOW. WE CONTINUE TO EVALUATE ANY OTHER LOW SPOTS, PARTICULARLY IN THE ST. BERNARD. WE HAVE FLOOD PLANS GOING INTO EFFECT AS NEEDED. WE’RE WORKING WITH THE CORPS AND THE STATE AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE AND THE SURGE MODELING BECOMES MORE UP TO DATE. >>TALK ABOUT THE STRESS LEVELS THAT YOU HAVE PUT ON THE LEVEE SYSTEM AT THIS POINT. I KNOW THE CORPS HAS BEEN MONITORING THE HEALTH OF THE HE WILL VASE BUT IS THERE A CONCERN FOR YOU AT THIS POINT WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT MATE COME WITH THE SYSTEM? AND IT’S HARD TO GAUGE HOW MUCH WE WILL ACTUALLY GET BUT IS THERE ANY CONCERN OF OVERTOPPING? ARE WE IN THAT SITUATION. >>I THINK THAT IS A POSSIBILITY. YOU CAN NEVER ELIMINATE RISK. THERE IS NO 100% LEVEL OF GUARANTEE. BASED ON THE MOLDS THERE COULD BE SOME EVERYTOPPING BUT THAT’S WHY WE’RE MONITORING. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT THING FOR THE ENGINEERS AT THAT TIME CORPS AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO EVALUATE. THEY ARE DEALING WITH BOTH THE — ONE MODELING SYSTEM THAT DEALS WITH THE RIVER, ONE THAT DEALS WITH HURRICANE STORM SURGES AND THEY HAVE TO PUT THEM TOGETHER. OBVIOUSLY WE’RE IN A VERY UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCE. WE’VE BEEN IN HIGH RIVER FOR EIGHT MONTHS, AND NOW WE’RE IN THE STORM SEASON. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT THE NORM. AS WE PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, WORKING WITH EVERYBODY AND ALL THE EXPERTS WHERE ARE THE PLACES WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON? WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT RIGHT NOW. TALKING TO THE STATE ABOUT IF WE NEED TO TAKE ANY PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES, WOULD THAT WOULD BE FLOOD GATES, SANDBAGS, THE LEVEE SYSTEM IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. EVEN WITH THE MOST RECENT RAIN, EIGHT INCHES OR SO THIS MORNING THAT WE GOT, WE’RE STILL FEELING GOOD. >>BUT IS THERE A CONCERN BECAUSE OF THE SURGE? I THINK SOME OF THE MODELING HAD THAT SOME OF THE SURGE WOULD BE PUSHING INTO THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER. AND IT’S NOT NECESSARILY THE WATER THAT’S BEG SHOVED INTEREST THE RISKS IT’S THE BACKUP. THE RIVER HAS NOWHERE TO FLOW SO IT STARTS BACKING UP. IS THAT A MAJOR CONCERN? IS THAT WHERE THE FLOODING WOULD COME FROM? >>THAT IS WHERE THE FLOOD WOOING COME FROM. YOU ARE SEEING A COMBINATION OF 16-FOOT RIVER AT THE CARROLLTON GAUGE RIGHT NOW, PLUS PREDICTIONS OF THREE TO FOUR FEET OF SURGE COMING UP THE RIVER, ESSENTIALLY STACK ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. SO IT WOULD BE A COMBINATION OF THE TWO THAT COULD LEAD TO ANY POTENTIAL OVERTOPPING. >>AND WHAT WOULD BE — YOU HATE TO GO TO THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO. IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN, THEN WHAT SORT OF OVERTOPPING ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? OBVIOUSLY WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT ANY SORT OF BREACH, BUT IF YOU HAD AN OVERTOPPING WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT? >>YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES AND SPECIFIC LOCATION. AND RIGHT NOW WE’RE EVALUATING ALL THE MODELS. SO I CAN’T SPECULATE THAT MUCH ON THAT. I CAN SAY, THOUGH THAT ANY WATER THAT DID OVERTOP WOULD BE TAKEN OUT BY THE INTERIOR DRAINAGE PUMP SYSTEM, WHATEVER PARISH YOU ARE IN. YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME THAT LANDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL OR THE LEVEE, IN THAT PARTICULAR LOCATION, BUT THEN IT WOULD DRAIN INTO THE REGULAR DRAINAGE SYSTEM. >>THAT IS VERY REAARE SURING. >>LIKE MOST OF US WE HAVE TWO DAYS TO PREPARE. >>THAT’S RIGHT. WE START CLOSING THE REST OF THE RIVER GATES TONIGHT IN BOTH ST. BERNARD AND ORLEANS PARISH AT 6:00 P.M. THAT’S A 24-HOUR-LONG OPERATION STRAIGHT FOR US. WE ARE ALSO CLOSING GATES ON THE INDUSTRIAL NATURAL TONIGHT STARTING AT 6:00 AND THEN CONTINUING TO EVALUATE BASED ON SURGE WHAT ELSE WE HAVE TO DO. WE ARE STILL NOT SURE IF WE WILL HAVE TO CLOSE ANY OF THE LARGE SECTOR GATES. THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, DEPENDING ON WIND CONDITIONS AND TITLE CONDITIONS, BUT IT’S AN EVER EVOLVING SITUATION. >>YOUR ADVICE TO THE VIEWERS TONIGHT. >>TONIGHT SUE LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS, TAKE YOUR PRECAUTIONS. THERE IS SOMETHING COMING. WHAT MAGNITUDE, OBVIOUSLY WE’RE NOT 100% SURE OF RIGHT NOW. THE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR PETS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND EVERYTHING THAT IS THE NORMAL THING THAT YOU HEAR. BUT ALSO I WOULD OFFER FOR OUR OPERATIONS ALONG THE RIVER IN PARTICULAR, PLEASE STAY AWAY. WE ARE GOING TO BE WORK ALL NIGHT WITH HEAVY EQUIPMENT. WE DON’T WANT ANYBODY IN THE VICINITY. IT’S A SAFETY CONCERN. >>WHAT ABOUT BARGE TRAFFIC, NOW THAT YOU BROUGHT THAT UP? >>THE COAST GUARD MANAGES THAT. WE HAVE NO IMPACT ON THE BARGE TRAFFIC, ALTHOUGH OBVIOUSLY ONCE WE CLOSE ALL THE GATES, THE PORT AND THE RAILROAD WILL BE SHUT DOWN COMPLETELY, ALONG WITH THE AQUARIUM AND A WHATEVER ELSE IS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FLOOD PROTECTION SYSTEM. >>DEREK, LEVEE PROTECTION ♪ (BOY)
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MAYBE’ THEY ARE ESTIMATING IS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN. THAT MOTION TO THE WEST- SOUTHWEST AT 8 MILES PER HOUR. THEY’RE NOT QUITE THINKING THAT THE NEW LITTLE FEATURE THAT I WAS POINTING OUT EARLIER IS THE NEW CENTER. AGAIN, BROAD CENTER. THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP IT RIGHT THERE. BUT AS WE GET MORE AND MORE DATA, MORE FLIGHTS FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTERS AND MORE ORGANIZATION, WHICH PROBABLY WON’T HAPPEN TODAY, BUT AS WE GET MORE ORGANIZATION WITH IT WE WILL GET A FAR BETTER IDEA OF THE IMPACT, WHAT WE COULD SEE HERE IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. I APOLOGIZE, I DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO FIX MY GRAPHICS HERE SO ALL OF OUR NUMBERS ARE KIND OF BUNCHED UP THERE. BUT BANKLY THE SAME THINKLY. BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON THIS BECOMES A TROPICAL STORM, BARRY, THEN AS WE GET THROUGH FRIDAY THROUGH THE DAY IT IS STILL A TROPICAL STORM. AND THEN NOTICE THEY HAVE ACTUALLY BROUGHT DOWN THE INTENSITY TO JUST MAKING LANDFALL AS A — ACTUALLY, 85 MILES PER HOUR, THAT’S WHAT THEY WERE THINKING BEFORE, BUT ALMOST JUST BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL, STRENGTHING TO A CATEGORY 1 STORM BEFORE MOVING INLAND. THEIR FORECASTED TRACK REALLY HAS NOT CHANGED ALL THAT MUCH. THIS IS BRAND-NEW INFORMATION. STILL LOOKING AT SOUTH-CENTRAL TO SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA, BUT THAT DOES STILL INCLUDE SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA, ALL THE WAY TO HOUSTON IN THAT MARGIN OF ERROR. THERE IS STILL A LOT THAT COULD HAPPEN. WHAT WE WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO SEE, WE DON’T WISH THIS ON ANYONE. OTHER THAN A SUMMERTIME TROPICAL STORM, WE DON’T WANT TO SEE THIS. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS FARTHER WEST AND KEEP US OUT OF THE STORE. EVEN WITH THIS TRACKER WITH STILL ON THE WET SIDE OF THE STORE. IT WOULD HAVE TO START MOVING NORTHWARD NOW FOR US TO STAY ON ANY KIND OF A DRY SIDE, AND THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE HAPPENING. THE BIG THING WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IS NOT ONLY THE RAINFALL BUT THE RIVER LEVEL. IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME EARLIER BY THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT WITH THIS 20- FOOT FORECAST, BASICALLY THE LEVEES FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA, AND KIND OF MUCH OF THE NEW ORLEANS METRO AREA, WE’RE ACTUALLY PROTECTED 20 TO 25 FEET. THE LEVEE HEIGHT IS NOT 20 FEET ALL THE WISCONSIN ACROSS THE ENTIRE METRO AREA. IT FLUCTUATES. SO WE’RE REALLY FROM 20 TO 25 FEET. SO EVEN RIGHT AT 20 THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE TIPTOP OF THE LEVEE. THERE’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT VANG THERE. EVEN AT 20 FEET THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS REASSURED THAT YOU SAY WE’RE STILL OKAY. BUT WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT, WHICH IS VERY INTERESTING, THAT THEY’RE NOT LOOKING AT SEAWATER, NOT GULF WATER MOVING UP THE RIVER. WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT IS THE FACT THAT THE WATER IS ACTUALLY GOING TO KIND OF PUT A STOPPER AT THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER. AND THE RIVER WATER, AS IT IS FLOWING VERY FAST, NOT GOING TO HAVE ANYWHERE TO GO. SO IT’S GOING TO START BACKING UP. AND IT COULD BACK UP TO ABOUT 20 FEET. NOTICE FOR A VERY BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME ON SATURDAY THAT MIGHT LAST ABOUT SIX HOURS BEFORE IT QUICKLY STARTS DROPPING OFF AFTER THAT, AND THEN GO RIGHT BACK TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE. AND WITH A SLOW DECREASE AS WE GET INTO MORE NEXT WEEK. SO IF WE DO SEE THAT 20-FOOT HEIGHT, IT IS NOT GOING TO LAST FOR VERY LONG. WITH THE NEW INFORMATION FROM THE HURRICANE CENTER THEY HAVE ALSO NOW ISSUED HURRICANE WATCHES. IN OTHER WORDS, WE COULD SEE HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS, PRIMARILY ALONG THE COAST. NOTICE BASICALLY FROM THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER ALL THE WAY TO THE LOUISIANA/TEXAS LINE IS UNDER THIS WATCH. BUT WE MAY SEE IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS, PRIMARILY AGAIN ALONG THE COASTLINE. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS FOR PRIMARILY THE COASTLINE, BUT THEY HAVE NOW INCLUDED EASTERN ST. BERNARD PARA RISH. THIS IS A LOOK AT THE PERCENT PROBABILITY OF ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS. AND NOTICE MUCH OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA IS UNDER THE KIND OF 40 TO 50% PERCENTILE OF SEEING THOSE WINDS. THE GREATER CHANCE, SOUTH- CENTRAL TO SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA. YOU HAVE A FAR GREATER POTENTIAL FOR SAGE THOSE STRONGER WINDS. AS WE’VE BEEN TALKING, THE FACT THAT A WINDS WERE NEVER GOING TO BE A HUGE FACT TO IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL. TODAY’S STORM HAS PROVEN IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH. ALSO SOME RIVER FLOODING IN THE LOWER PART OF THE MISSISSIPPI. AS YOU GET CLOSER TO THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI SOME OF THOSE LOCATIONS COULD SEE THE LEVEE OVERTOP. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BATON ROUGE. STORM SURGE WATCHES ARE ALSO UP BUT NOTICE DOES IT NOW INCLUDE THE METRO AREA, BECAUSE WE ARE ANTICIPATING WATER LEVELS IN LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN TO GET HIGHER. KEEP IN MIND THEY’RE ALREADY ON THE HIGHER SIDE BECAUSE OF THE EXCESS WATER COMING IN FROM BONNIE CARRIE. RIGHT NOW IN THE UPPER AT MOWS SPHEERT’S NOT EXACTLY A HOSPITAL HOSPITABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR ANY FURTHER STRENGTHING. IT COULD BE JUST TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER 2. AFTER THAT WE MIGHT SEE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT. RIGHT NOW TOUGH SURFACE LOW, ABOUT HERE, AND YOU ALSO HAVE THIS MID LEVEL LOW ABOUT HERE. THIS IS KIND OF CREATING SOME WIND SHEAR ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF IT WHICH IS WHY WE DON’T HAVE ANY CON VEHICLE SHUFNLT ALL THE CONVECTION HAS BEEN ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THAT STORM. IT IS NOT GETTING ANY BETTER ORGANIZED RIGHT NOW. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS COME TOMORROW AND CERTAINLY BY FRIDAY. BUT RIGHT NOW IN THE NEAR FUTURE IT IS NOT LOOKING ANY BETTER ORGANIZED. STEERING CURRENTS. WE HAVE THIS BIG UPPER HIGH OFF TO OUR WEST, AND ALSO AN UPPER TROUGH THAT’S GOING TO BE DEEPENING. MODELS HAVE BEEN INDICATING IT MIGHT BE THAT UPPER TROUGH THAT WEAKENS THIS UPPER HIGH AND ALLOWS FOR THIS LITTLE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STORM TO BEGIN TURNING NORTHWARD. THESE STEERING CURRENTS ARE BASED ON THE GFS MODEL. THE GFS HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY CALLING FOR MORE SOUTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA, WHERE AS THE EURO, AND I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU THOSE IN A SHEARKSD BEEN CALLING FOR SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA AS THE POTENTIAL LANDFALL. AGAIN THE IMPACTS, REALLY ALL WE CAN DO AT THIS POINT IS GIVE YOU OUR BEST ESTIMATE. UNTIL WE KNOW MORE FOR CERTAIN WHAT EVENTUALLY WILL BECOME BARRY IS GOING TO DO AND WHERE IT IS GOING TO DO, WE’LL HAVE A FAR BERT IDEA, BUT AT THE MOMENT ANTICIPATE SIX TO 12 OR MORE INCHES OF RAINFALL THROUGH THE COURSE OF THIS ENTIRE EVENT. TWO TO FOUR FEET STORM SURGES ALSO WATER GETTING INTO THE LAKE. WINDS 20 TO — 60 MAY BE A BIT EXCESSIVE, BUT IF WE DO IT IS GOING TO BE NEAR THE COAST LINE. TORNADOES ARE ALWAYS POSSIBLE ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STORM, THE EASTERN QUADRANT, AND IT IS LIKELY GOING TO BECOME A DEPRESSION, IF NOT LATER TODAY, THEN DEFINITELY BY TOMORROW. THE GFS MODEL, FORECAST INITIAL HI SAYINGS IS OKAY. THERE IS NO CENTER. THE GFS HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY FORECASTING THIS INTENSIFYING SOUTH OF THE LOUISIANA COAST. KEEP IN MIND WE’RE ON THE WET SIDE THE ENTIRE TIME, THEN MOVING NORTHWARD. BY 10:00 A.M. ON SUNDAY STILL DEALING WITH RAINFALL BUT NOT THE HEAVIEST. THE EUROPEAN MODEL. INITIALIZATION HAS BEEN OKAY. LOOKS LIKE IT’S RIGHT ABOUT THROUGH HERE. THIS IS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A SOUTHWESTERLY PATH. SO WE’LL KEEP A FARTHER — NOW IT’S LOOKING A LITTLE CLOSER TO OUR COASTLINE, BUT KIND OF A LANDFALL MORE SOUTH CENTRAL, SOUTHWESTERN. IT’S GETTING A LITTLE CLOSER TO US. AGAIN, THERE ARE SO MANY VARIABLES OUT THERE RIGHT NOW WITH THE STRUCTURE AND INTENSITY OF THE STORM THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE QUITE A BIT OF UNCERTAINTY. BUT WHAT’S VERY INTERESTING IS THE INCREDIBLE GRADIENT OF RAINFALL TOTALS. WE COULD SEE ANYWHERE FROM 22 PLUS INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE BATON ROUGE AREA. AND AGAIN THIS IS ASSUMING THAT THE CENTER OF THE STORM THIS IS BASED ON TIER RO, GOES MORE TO SOUTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA, WHERE IT’S HERE IN THE CITY, SIX TO SEVEN, EIGHT INCHES OF RAINFALL. THAT’S THE COURSE OF TOMORROW, BUT MORE SO FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND INTO EARLY SUNDAY. AND THEN TWO AND A QUARTER INCHES OF RAIN. BASED ON WHEREVER THIS MAKES LANDFALL, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE AN INCREDIBLE GRADIENT OF RAINFALL FOR MAYBE SEVERAL FEET TO JUST A COUPLE OF INCHES OF RAINFALL ONCE ALL IS SAID AND DONE. I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS ARE HOPING FOR MORE CERTAINTY. WE CAN’T GIVE THAT YOU RIGHT NOW. THE AGAIN IF THERE IS ANY POSITIVE NEWS WE’RE STILL NOT DEALING WITH A STORM OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. IT’S VERY UNORGANIZED. AT THE MOMENT, AT LEAST IN THE NEAR FUTURE, IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE DOING ANY KIND OF STRENGTHING THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT. >>ALL RIGHT, CHRIS. CATCHING SOME CERTAINTY IS SOMETHING WE’RE NOT USED TO ESPECIALLY DURING HURRICANE SEASON. >>JUST A REMINDER, VOLUNTARY EVACUATION IN EFFECT ON GRAND ISLE. THAT’S JUST AS A PRECAUTION. >>WE GOT THIS A LITTLE WHILE AGO. THERE’S A VOLUNTARY STARTING AT 4:00 P.M. A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION FOR THE ENTIRE EAST BANK OF PLAQUEMINES PARISH. THAT INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF BREAKAWAY AND PHOENIX. VOLUNTARY EVACUATION FOR THE WESTBANK OF PLAQUEMINES AS WELL. >>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE VIDEO WE’VE SHOT THROUGHOUT TODAY AND SOME OF THE PICTURES YOU HAVE SHARED. THIS IS THE DEVASTATION OF A HOME IN BAYOU ST. JOHN. AS YOU KNOW, IT IS BELIEVED THAT A TORNADO LIKELY TOUCHED DOWN AND JUST CAUSED THAT HORRIFIC DAMAGE THERE. BUT FORTUNATELY THE COUPLE THAT LIVES THERE IS DOING FINE. >>THEY’RE SAFE BUT THERE’S A LOT OF CLEANUP. AS MEG FARRIS REPORTED EARLIER TODAY THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE HELPING THEM CLEAR OUT THE DEBRIS, BUT A LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR THAT COUPLE. BUT EVERYONE IS SAFE AFTER WHAT WAS A HORRIFYING AND SCARY MORNING FOR THE FOLKS THERE. >>IT WAS SO BIZARRE. LOOKING AT THE HOUSE NEXT TO THE, IT WAS PERFECTLY FINE. THIS, I BELIEVE, IS THE JUNG HOTEL. ERIKA SHOT THAT VIDEO. QUITE A BIT OF WATER IN THE LOBBY. SHE HAD INTERVIEWED A COUPLE THERE FOR THEIR 23rd WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. IT IS ONE THEY LOP DOUBTEDLY NEVER FORGET. >>THE HOTEL STAFF DOING EXTRA DI.D ON TOP OF WHAT THEY WOULD DO NORMALLY, THEY’RE NOW CLEARING OUT WATER. YOU CAN SEE THE SANDBAGS RIGHT THERE. I THINK THAT’S A GOOD INDICATION FOR A LOT OF FOLKS. BUSINESSES, HOMES, NOT NECESSARY TOLL GRAB SANDBAGS BUT THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO PREPARE AND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR EVACUATION PLANS MAY BE. NO EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN ORDERED HERE YET IN JEFFERSON AND ORLEANS, BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR MEDICAL SUPPLIES, FOOD AND WATER AND BATTERIES, BECAUSE AS WE HEARD ENTERGY TALK ABOUT, THEY ARE ANTICIPATING WHATEVER MAY COME FROM THIS SYSTEM THAT’S BREWING IN THE GULF, THERE WILL BE LIKELY WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. >>ENTERGY, THEY TOOK ON SOME WATER TODAY, TOO. AT LAST CHECK WE WERE DOWN TO 6,000 PEOPLE. I’M ASSUMING THAT NUMBER HAS GONE DOWN. AT ITS HEIGHT TODAY WE HAD 10,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER. THIS IS PALMETTO. >>THIS IS THE PALMETTO CANAL. THIS IS FROM EARLIER TODAY. A WE ANTICIPATE THAT THIS MAY HAVE GONE DOWN A BIT, BECAUSE AGAIN THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’VE BEEN MONITORING ALL MORNING, AFTERNOON, AND NOW WE’RE APPROACHING THE EVENING HOURS IN A COUPLE OF HOURS AS WELL. MOST OF THE STREETS HAVE DRAINED, AT LEAST FROM WHAT WE SAW FROM THE SEVERAL LIVE SHOTS FROM OUR REPORTING CREWS OUT THERE. THE CITY HAS ADDRESSED BLESS BEEN GOING ON WITH THE DRAINAGE AND THE CATCH BASINS AS WELL. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK IN THE BUILDUP OF WHAT MATE COME WITH THIS APPROACHING SYSTEM OR STORM THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE MIGHT BE REVISITING AGAIN. >>LIKELY GOING BACK TO THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD, THEY WERE SAYING 118 OF 120 PUMPS OPERATING TODAY. IN JEFFERSON PARISH, 186 OUT OF 187 PUMPS. NO REPORTED PROBLEMS IN JEFFERSON PARISH. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION. YOU ARE DEALING AT THE SAME TIME WITH A CLEANUP EFFORT FROM TODAY AND A STORM PREPARATION EVIDENT AS WE LOOK TO WHAT’S COMING AHEAD. >>THERE’S DEFINITELY A LEANING FORWARD POSITION ESPECIALLY FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. WE HEARD FROM JEFFERSON PARISH’S PRESIDENT. THEY ARE SHIFTING THEIR FOCUS ANTICIPATING WHAT MIGHT COME FROM THIS SYSTEM, BUT I THINK THAT’S GOOD INDICATION FOR EVERYBODY AT HOME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY MIGHT DO AND NEED TO HAVE SUPPLIES IN ORDER TO ANTICIPATE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. >>MORE INFORMATION FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTERS FLYING INTO THAT CYCLONE EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE 18 AT 4:00 SO WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK, AND WE WILL BE BONG ABOUT THREE MINUTES FROM NOT CHANGED ALL THAT MUCH. HURRICANE HUNTERS HAVE BEEN DOWN IN THE CENTER OF WHAT IS A BROAD CIRCULATION. THEY ARE NOT FINDING ANY CLOSED CIRCULATION. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THIS IS STILL NOT A NAMED TROPICAL SYSTEM. IT IS NOT NUMBER TWO. IT IS NOT BARRY YET. IT IS A POTENTIAL TROPICAL SAKE CLONE. THAT TERMINOLOGY MIGHT CONFUSE FOLKS. THIS STARTED JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. WHAT THE HURRICANE CENTER DOES IS THEY USE THAT DESIGNATION OF POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE WITH THE IDEA BEING IT WILL BE A NAMED STORM AND BECAUSE IT WILL LIKELY BE IMPACTING LAND WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS, GIVING IT THAT DESIGNATION ALLOWS THEM TO START ISSUING FORECASTS. WE START GETTING THAT TRACK, THE CONE, AND ALSO BEING ABLE TO ISSUE WATCHES AND WARNINGS, WHICH IS WHAT WE HAVE SEEN ALONG THE LOUISIANA COASTLINE. THE HURRICANE HUNTERS HAVE BEEN FLYING OUT AND AROUND THE STORM. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE GUY I GRADUATED WITH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA IS ALSO ONE OF THE HURRICANE HUNTERS. HE IS GOING TO BE TAKING A FLIGHT OUT AT 5:30 ON FRIDAY MORNING THERE BILOXI. THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING SEVERAL DAYS OF THESE FLIGHTS. WE HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THEM BECAUSE THIS IS HOW WE GET THE MORE ACCURATE INFORMATION TO, ONE, KNOW IF THERE IS INDEED A STORM. THEY DID NOT FIND A CLOSED CENTER OF CIRCULATION SO THERE IS NO STORM. TWO, THEY CAN GATHER MUCH MORE INFORMATION OVER THE STORM ITSELF. THEY GET VERY LOW, AT A VERY LOW ELEVATION JUST ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE GULF TO GIVE US MORE INFORMATION THAT CAN THEN BE PUT INTO COMPUTER MODELS SO WE GET MORE ACCURATE FORECASTS. AGAIN, WITH THAT CENTER STABLE IN VERY HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT, YOU DON’T REALLY AFTER CLEAR- CUT CENTER. I’VE BEEN POINTING THIS OUT ALL DAY LONG. I’VE BEEN WATCHING SEVERAL OTHER FOLKS KIND OF PICKING UP ON THE SAME THING, THERE ALMOST LOOKS TO BE ANOTHER LITTLE CENTER DOWN TO THE SOUTH OF WHERE THE HURRICANE CENTER IS INITIAL LIESING THE STORM. IT MAY BE THAT A NEW CENTER IS TRYING TO FORM, OR A CENTER AT ALL. THERE IS NO CONVECTION ON THE EASTERN SIDE. THERE CERTAINLY IS ON THE WESTERN SIDE. BUT IT HAS NOT QUITE GOTTEN BERT ORGANIZED. SO, ONE, YOU DON’T THAT HAVE CLOSED CIRCULATION, AND TWO, YOU DON’T HAVE ANY STORMS TRYING TO DEVELOP AROUND THAT. ONCE THAT STARTS TO HAPPEN WE THEN HAVE AN ORGANIZED STORM. UNTIL THAT HAPPENS IT IS JUST A POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE. IF IT GETS TO 35, THEN YOU HAVE TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER TWO. WE WILL LIKELY BE THERE, MAYBE BY TONIGHT, OR MORE LIKELY TOMORROW. AS WE GET INTO THE DAY ON THURSDAY BECOMES TROPICAL STORM BARRY. RIGHT NOW IT IS STILL NOT A DEPRESSION, NOR IS IT A TROPICAL STORM. THE FORECAST HASN’T CHANGED ALL THAT MUCH, KEEPING IT KIND OF ON THAT SOUTHWESTERLY PATH EVENTUALLY MAKING MORE OF A WESTERLY TRACK, AND THEN WHENEVER, IF IT HAPPENS, MAKES THIS NORTHWESTERLY TURN. THAT WILL EVENTUALLY DETERMINE WHERE IT MAKES LANDFALL. WHEN THAT TURN HAPPENS IS GOING TO BE HUGE FOR US, BECAUSE IF THE MAKES A TURN EARLY, AS IT’S FORECASTED TO DO, MAYBE SOMETIME LATE THURSDAY AND ON INTO FRIDAY THAT DOES KEEP US CLOSER TO THE WET SIDE. IF IT DOESN’T MAKE THAT TURN UNTIL MAYBE LATE IN THE DAY FRIDAY OR EVEN BETTER, SATURDAY, THEN IT IS GOING TO PUT IT FARTHER AWAY FROM US AND REALLY KEEP US OUT OF ANY OF THE HEAVY, HEAVY RAINFALL THAT WE ARE ANTICIPATING RIGHT NOW. AGAIN, OUR FORECAST FOR THE IMPACTS HERE ARE BASED ON WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT NOW. BUT THAT CANDRA MATILY CHANGE OVER THE COURSE OF THE, ESPECIALLY 24 HOURS. ONCE WE GET MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, ONCE WE SEE MORE ORGANIZATION WITH THE STORM WE WILL HAVE A FAR BETTER IDEA OF WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO TO US BY TOMORROW AND DEFINITELY BY FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. STORM BECOMING A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE JUST BEFORE LANDFALL AND THEN QUICKLY MOVING UP, KIND OF CONTINUING NORTHWARD ACROSS NORTH LOUISIANA, ARKANSAS, AND MOVING AWAY FROM US. BIG STORY, THOUGH, AND A LOT OF FOASKS BEEN VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS, IS THE RIVER LEVELS. AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE RIVER COULD POTENTIALLY DO BASED ON STORM SURGE. WHAT IS VERY INTERESTING, IT IS NOT THAT THE WATER THERE GULF OF MEXICO IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE FIGHTING THE CURRENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND COMING INTO THE RIVER. IT’S THAT THE PILING UP OF THAT WATER IS GOING TO ACT AS A ATTORNEY AND BLOCK THE FLOW OF THE RIVER COMING OUT OF THE MOUTH SO ALL OF THE RIVER GET BACKED UP, AND THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THAT SURGE. IT’S NOT NECESSARILY A STORM SUMMER. IT’S THAT THE RIVER WATER HAS NOWHERE TO GO, AND IT’S GOING TO START BACKING UP. COULD REACH SOMEWHERE NEAR 20 FEET. LEVEES REALLY PROTECT US FROM NOT ONLY 20 FEET BUT EVEN UP TO 25 FEET, BECAUSE THE RIVER LEVEES ARE NOT AT THE SAME HEIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD. THEY DO FLUCTUATE. RELATIVELY SPEAKING, IT’S NEAR 20 TO 25 FEET. THAT’S WHY THE CORPS IS SAYING EVEN AT NEAR 20 FEET WE SHOULD BE OKAY. HURRICANE WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FROM THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER ALL THE WAY TO THE LOUISIANA/TEXAS LINE. WE COULD SEE HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS MAINLY ALONG THE COASTLINE AND A BIT INLAND IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN ST. BERNARD. AS WE GET INTO THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, WE WILL START TO SEA THOSE WINDS INCREASING. NOTICE FOR MUCH OF LOUISIANA THIS IS THE PROBABLE OF ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS. THE GREATER POTENTIAL TO KIND OF 70 PLUS IS RIGHT ALONG THE COASTLINE. INLAND, AND EVEN MISSISSIPPI, YOU ARE LOOKING AT KIND OF THE 30 TO 40, MAYBE 50% CHANCE. THAT’S IF IT THE REALLY STARTED TO MAKE A WESTERLY AND NORTHWESTERLY TURN MUCH SOONER, WHICH THAT DOESN’T LOOK TO BE THE CASE. HOWEVER, SOUTH CENTRAL, SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA HAS A FAR GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE TROPICAL STORM FORCE AND POTENTIALLY HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS ONCE DOES IT STRENGTHEN, IF IT DOES STRENGTH AT ALL. A THIS HAS CHANGED FROM EARLIER ADVISORIES, BECAUSE NOW THEY’RE INCLUDING NOT ONLY THE COASTAL AREAS BUT ALSO JEFFERSON, ST. CHARLES PARISH, ALL OF ST. BERNARD, ALL OF ORLEANS PARISH AND ZANE BERNARD PARISH, BECAUSE NOW WITH THAT WATER POSSIBLY GETTING IN, LAKE WATERS ARE HIGHER THAN NORMAL BECAUSE OF THE OUTFLOW OF THE INUNDATION FROM THE BONNIE CARRIE. IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE NOT MUCH IS GOING ON IN TERMS OF RAPID INTENSE IF I INDICATION. YOU HAVE AN UPPER LEVEL OR MID LEVEL LOW THAT IS JUST TO THE SOUTHWEST. THAT’S ACTUALLY THE CULPRIT. IT’S KIND OF AN HE WILL LONG GATED TROUGH. THAT WAS REALLY THE CULPRIT FOR ALL OF OUR INLAND STORMS DURING THE MORNING HOURS. IT’S REALLY NOT NECESSARILY ASSOCIATED WITH OUR TROPICAL SYSTEM, BECAUSE THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE FEATURES. NOW, AS THEY GET BERT IN LINE WE MAY START TO SEE SOME STRENGTHENING, BUT THAT’S GOING TO BE SLOW, WHICH IS WHY THE HURRICANE CENTER IS MAINTAINING IT AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION, EVEN AS THE AFTERNOON HOURS TOMORROW. WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE BERMUDA HEY BEGIN BUILDING IN AND POSSIBLY A WEAKENING OF THIS BIG UPPER TROUGH OVER TEXAS. THAT’S THE REASON WHY WE MAY START TO SEE THIS TURN NORTH. WHEN THAT HAPPENS IS GOING TO BE REALLY AT THE MOMENT KIND OF ANYONE’S GUESS AS TO WHEN THAT STARTS HAPPENING, IF IT HAPPENS AT ALL. IF THIS UPPER HIDES KIND OF STAYS IN PLACE, IT MAY PREVENT THIS STORM FROM EVER MAKING A NORTHWARD TURN AND JUST CONTINUING TO THE WEST. THAT IS CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY. NOW, NONE OF THE MOLDS ARE INDICATING THAT BUT THERE ARE A FEW OUTLIERS THAT KIND OF MAKE MORE OF A — EXCUSE ME, LOUISIANA/TEXAS LANDFALL OR EVEN HOUSTON. SO THAT IS NOT RIGHT NOW OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY. I JUST WANT TO KIND OF BRING YOU UP TO ALL THE SCENARIOS THAT ARE CERTAINLY POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM. THE GFS MOLD HAS REALLY BEEN CONSISTENTLY GOING WITH A LANDFALL A LITTLE CLOSER TO SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, MAKING THAT TURN MUCH, MUCH SOONER. AND THEN ARRIVING INTO MAYBE NEAR THE MORGAN CITY AREA AND CERTAINLY KEEPING NEW ORLEANS AND SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA, EVEN SOUTH MISSISSIPPIP ON THE VERY WET SIDE OF IT. THE IRE LOW, KIND OF TRENDINGS A LITTLE CLOSER BUT I’M GOING START TO REALLY FOCUS ON THOSE COMPUTER MODELS ONCE WE GET A MORE CLOSED CIRCULATION AND FAR MORE ORGANIZATION WITH THIS STORM THAN WHAT WE’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW. THE EURO DOES HAVE IT A LITTLE MORE WEST OF WHERE THE GFS IS INDICATING, BUT STILL BRINGING SOME HEAVY RAINFALL OVER PARTS OF SOUTH LOUISIANA. THERE IS GOING TO BE A HUGE RAINFALL GRADIENT, RAINFALL TOTAL GRADIENT, DEPENDING ON WHERE THIS STORM MAKES LANDFALL. THIS RAINFALL GRAPHIC IS FROM THE EURO. 22.83 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN BATON ROUGE. THAT’S ALMOST TWO FEET OF RAIN OVER THE COURSE OF THE ENTIRE WEEKEND. IF THE STAYS ON THAT PATH, KEEP IN MIND, AS STORMS START TO ORGANIZE AND STRENGTHEN, THEY TEND TO TAKE ALL THE HEAVY RAINFALL AND CONSOLIDATE IT TOWARD THE CENTER. SO YOU DON’T REALLY SEE THE ABUNDANT RAIN OVER A HANDLE AREA. IT TENDS TO CONCENTRATE ITSELF. SURE YOU GET FEEDER BANDS, BUT THE HEAVIEST IS NEAR THE CENTER. IF THE CENTER OF THE STORM IS MORE WEST OF US, THEN BATON ROUGE GETS ON THE HEAVY RAINFALL. SOME SPOTS OVER 13 INCHES. OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL DAYS WE CAN KIND OF HANDLE THAT, TO AN EXTENT. YOU GET SIX AND SEVEN IN A FEW HOURS, OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE GOING TO GET SOME SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. BUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE WEEKEND, IT’S NOT TERRIBLE, AND REALLY NOT BAD AT ALL, TWO AND A HALF INCHES OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE AT GULFPORT. THE RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE REALLY GOING TO DEPEND ON WHERE EXACTLY THAT STORM MAKES LANDFALL AND AT WHAT INTENSITY. AGAIN, THESE ARE JUST THE POSSIBLE IMPACT BASED ON THE INFORMATION WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. SIX TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN CERTAINLY POSSIBLE. THAT’S KIND OF BASED ON THE GFS AND THE EURO. WE ARE GOING TO SEA SOME COASTAL FLOODING WITH WATER LEVELS TWO TO FOUR FEET ABOVE NORMAL AND CERTAINLY SOME STORM SURGE. WINDS 20, AND THAT 60 IS GOING TO BE NEAR THE COASTLINE, AND ALSO ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STORM GET THE POTENTIAL FOR USUALLY SHORT LIVED WEAK TORNADOES. BUT IF YOU REMEMBER BACK ANY TIME WE HAVE A LANDFALLING HURRICANE, YOU START. IT COULD BE A DEPRESSION LATER TONIGHT. IF NOT TONIGHT, THEN AS WE GET INTO A FRIDAY. OR THURSDAY, EXCUSE ME. I FORGET WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IT IS. NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS WE ARE LACKING AT HEAVY RAIN POTENTIAL. GOOD NEWS, BY SUNDAY, GOING INTO MONDAY, AS THE DAY, WE FINAL START DRYING FOUL. THERE’S ANYTHING WE CAN LACK FORWARD TO IT’S THE FACT THAT WE ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE SEEING TOO MANY 90-DEGREE AFTERNOONS FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. >>THERE ANY CHANCE IT WON’T DEVELOP, IT WILL SOMEHOW FIZZLE OUT? >>THERE IS THAT POTENTIAL. I’M JUST FLIPPING THROUGH MY GRAPHICS. THERE IS THAT POTENTIAL. IT SEEMS TO BE VERY LOW AT THIS POINT. RIGHT NOW THERE’S CERTAINLY NOTHING GETTING ORGANIZED AT THE MOMENT. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THAT UPPER LOW THAT IS DOWN TO THE SOUTHWEST CONTINUES WITH A FAIRLY DECENT AMOUNT OF WIND SHEAR, WHERE THIS REALLY IS NEVER ABLE TO GET VERY WELL ORGANIZED. THE ONLY THING THAT — NOT CONCERNS US, BUT KEEP IN MIND THIS IS GOING TO BE OUT OVER THE GULF WATERS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. SO IT’S GOT PLENTY OF TIME. THERE ISN’T A VERY HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT IN THE GULF RIGHT NOW, BUT IT’S CERTAINLY NOT HOSPITABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT, WHICH IS WHY IN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS WE’RE NOT GOING TO SEE ANY RAPID INTENSE IF I ADDITION. IT WILL BE AFTER THAT WE START TO SEE THE POTENTIAL OF THIS BECOMING A TROPICAL STORM OR EVEN A HURRICANE. I MEAN, THERE IS A SLIM CHANCE. YOU CAN’T SAY THERE’S NO CHAPS AT ALL WITH WEATHER, BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS SOME UNFOR SEEN FACTOR THAT WE CANNOT OBSERVE, AND THAT COMES INTEREST THE PLAY OF THE FUTURE OF THESE STORES. THERE’S ALWAYS THAT CHANCE, BUT WE’RE KIND OF GRASPING AT STRAWS IF WE HOPE THIS DOESN’T DO ANYTHING. ALL WE CAN HOPE FOR IS IT GOES FARTHER SOUTH, CONTINUES ALONG A WESTERLY PATHP AND KEEPS THE WORST OF THE RAINFALL AWAY FROM US. THAT WELCOME BACK OUR BEST BET RIGHT NOW. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>SOME OF US HAVE BEEN GRASPING AT STRAUSS ALL OUR LIFE. THANK YOU CHRIS. >>>THIS AFTERNOON THE GRAND ISLE MAYOR CALLED FOR A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION. AGAIN, VOLUNTARY EVACUATION BECAUSE OF THE THREAT OF FLOODING, HIGH WINDS, AND RAINFALL. THE ALREADY HIGH RIVER LEVEL ON THE MISSISSIPPI IS CREATED AGO MAJOR AREA OF CONCERN. >>THE CURRENT FORECAST CALLS FOR THE RIVER TO POTENTIALLY RISE FOUR FEET DURING THE WEATHER EVENT. THAT WOULD PUT THE WATER DANGEROUSLY TOP TO THE TOP OF THE LEVEL. >>IF THE FORECAST HOLDS, AND IT’S STILL A BIG IF, THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER HERE COULD REACH ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN NEARLY 70 YEARS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PREDICT THE RIVER WILL SPIKE TO 20 FEET SATURDAY AFTERNOON DUE TO STORM SUMMER FROM THIS TROPICAL DISTURBANCE. RIGHT NOW THE RIVER LEVEL IS HOVERING AROUND 16 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AT THE CARROLLTON GAUGE IN THE CITY. THE FLOOD STAGE HERE IS 17 FEET. HISTORICALLY WE’VE BEEN TOLD THAT OUR LEVEES CAN PROTECT UP TO 20 FEET, BUT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS NOW SAYS THE SYSTEM IS ACTUALLY DESIGN OWED TO DEFEND BETWEEN 20 AND 25 FEET IN ELEVATION. ARMY CORPS SPOKESMAN SAYS THE CORPS IS NOW WORKING WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITY TO FIND LOW SPOTS WHERE THEY NEED TO ADD HEIGHT TO THE STRUCTURE. THEY’RE ALREADY ADDING BASKETS IN SOME SPOTS. >>THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE NEW ORLEANS AREA WHEN WE ARE LEAKING AT AN ELEVATION OF 20, THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DESIGNED TO DEFENDING A GAINS SO WE ARE NOT EXPECTING TO SEE OVERTOPPING OF THE HE WILL SLEEP. YOU MAY GET A LITTLE WAVE OVERTOPPING, BUT NOT AN OVERFLOWING OF THE TOP OF THE LEVEE WITH THIS FORECAST. THE AREAS WHERE YOU MAY SEE OVERTOPPING, OR A FLOW OVER THE LEVEE SYSTEM WOULD BE MORE OUTSIDE THE PARAMETERS OF THE HURRICANE SYSTEM, DOWN IN PLAQUEMINES AREA. >>THE LEVEE AUTHORITY PLANS TO START CLOSING FLOODGATES ON THE RIVER AND INDUSTRIAL CANAL AT 6:00 TONIGHT. CREWS PLAN TO WORK THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT TO COMPLETE THE CLOSURE. AS WE SPEAK THE ARMY CORPS IS INSTALLING BASKS AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS. >>ALSO, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IF, IF THE WATER WERE TO OVERTOP THE LEVEE, IT’S NOT NECESSARILY A CRISIS. >>FROM WHAT THE ARMY CORPS TELLS US, PERHAPS THE WE HAVE ACTION OVER THE LEVEE, NOT CONSTANT FLOW. OVERTOPPING AS WE SAW DURING KATRINA, AND FROM WHAT DEREK TELLS US, HE EXPECTS THAT IF THERE IS SOME WATER THAT MAKES IT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LEVEE THAT THE CITY’S INTERRY YOUR DRAINAGE SYSTEM WELCOME BACK ABLE TO DRAIN THAT WATER. >>THANK YOU, PAUL. EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON NEW ORLEANS’ MAYOR DISCUSSED THE PREPARATIONS. >>NOW IS ABSOLUTELY THE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION. HEED EVERY SINGLE WARNING THAT COMES FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, AND AS YOU LISTEN TO MEDIA OUTLETS PAY ATTENTION TO ALL TORNADO AS WELL AS FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. BE PREPARED FOR THE IMPACTS. WE KNOW THAT WE TOOK ON A LOT OF WATER THIS MORNING. UP TO EIGHT INCHES WITHIN THREE HOURS IN SOME AREAS, LIKE BROAD MORE TOOK ON ABOUT 7.5, TREME TOOK ON 8.4. WE ASK THAT YOU BEGIN TO CLEAN UP POST FLOODING FROM THIS MORNING IF POSSIBLE WITH MORE RAIN IN STORE FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. THIS IS THE TIME TO HELP US CLEAR DEBRIS IN FRONT OF CATCH BASINS. IN SOME AREAS WE KNEW THAT THEY WERE PREPARED FOR TRASH PICKUP THIS MORNING, FOR EXAMPLE. THAT DID NOT GET PICKED UP. HOWEVER, IT ENDED UP, OF COURSE, IN DRAINS AS WELL. SO WE’RE ASKING RESIDENTS AT THIS TIME TO HELP US REMOVE THAT DEBRIS. WE ARE MONITORING LEVELS. WE ARE MONITORING THE POTENTIAL FORMATION OF TROPICAL CYCLONE 2. WE BELIEVE THERE WILL BE AN IMPACT. WILL YOU HEAR FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DURING THIS PRESS CONFERENCE WHO WILL GIVE US MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. BUT IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO PREPARE. GATHER SUPPLIES, PROTECT AND CLEAN YOUR PROPERTY AS WELL AS YOUR STREET, WORKING WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. STAY CONNECTED TO READY.NOLA AT NOLA.GOV. AS WILL YOU HEAR FROM AGENCIES THAT COME AFTER ME, WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP RESIDENTS UPDATED THROUGH ALERTS FROM THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. I HAVE FORMALLY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AS IT RELATES TO THIS STORM. IT HAS BEEN SIGNED. THE DECLARATION HAS BEEN SIGNED AND ALSO FILED WITH THE COURTS THIS AFTERNOON. WHILE IT IS UNCERTAIN WHAT THE IMPACT WILL BE, WE WILL BE AFFECTED, AND WE MUST BE PREPARED. WE ARE TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY. AS WE SAW THIS MORNING WATER CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY AND IMPEDE TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL. BE SAFE, BE SMART, TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. >>WE DO WANT TO POINT OUT THE PRESS CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO. TAKE A LOOK. THIS IS ONE OF THE IMPACTS. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT THE ENTERGY OUTAGE MAP. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE MORE THAN 23,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER. 14,000 IN JEFFERSON PARISH, EXCUSE ME, 13,000 IN JEFFERSON, AND MORE THAN 3,000 IN TERREBONNE PARISH W. THE THREAT OF A TROPICAL SYSTEM, GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS DETAILED THE STATE’S PLANS. >>WE KNOW THIS IS GOING TO BE A LOUISIANA EVENT BASED ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER. THIS IS GOING TO BE A HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT ACROSS SOUTH LOUISIANA. AND I WANT EVERYONE TO BE MINDFUL, THAT HEAVY RAINS COULD BE EXPERIENCED ANYWHERE ACROSS THE STATE, AND THE ENTIRE COASTAL AREA OF LOUISIANA IS AT PLAY IN THIS STORM. AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AS MUCH AS 10 TO 15 INCHES OF RAIN OVER A 24-HOUR PERIOD THAT WILL START SOMETIME FRIDAY AND ALL LIKELIHOOD GO THROUGH SATURDAY. SO THAT IS A SHORT TIME PERIOD FOR SUCH INTENSE RAIN. OBVIOUSLY WE’RE NOT SURE YET OF THE EXACT TRACK OF THE STORM, OR THE STRENGTH OF THE POTENTIAL TROPICAL SYSTEM ONCE IT MAKES LANDFALL. HOWEVER, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THERE WILL BE WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL AND COASTAL FLOODING. WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE GULF OF MEXICO, BECAUSE IT IS SO WARM, THAT THE LONG TEAR STORM SYSTEM LINGERS OVER THE GULF, IF MORE ORGANIZED AND THE STRONGER IT IS LIKE TOLL BECOME BEFORE IT MAKES LANDFALL. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS IT IS GOING TO BE A VERY SLOW MOVING STORM, POSSIBLY AS SLOW AS 3 TO 5 MILES PER HOUR, WHICH MEANS THERE COULD BE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH SOME RAIN BANDS. IT WILL SEEM IN ALL LIKELIHOOD THAT THE STORM IS STATIONARY AND IT JUST WILL KEEP DUMPING RAINS IN CERTAIN AREAS. IT ALSO MEANS THAT WE COULD HAVE HEAVY RAIN NOT JUST OVER THE WEEKEND BUT INTO NEXT WEEK. I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THIS IS DAY TAP OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOOD FIGHT, AND THAT WILL EXACERBATE MANY ISSUES ESPECIALLY IF THE BRUNT OF THE STORM HITS IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE STATE AS MANY OF THE TRACKING MODELS SUGGEST THAT IT WILL. POTENTIAL STORM SURGE WILL BE UP TO THREE TO FOUR FEET ON FRIDAY OR EARLY SATURDAY, AND THE STORM SURGE IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA WE’RE EXPECTING TO BE AT THREE FEET. SO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEL AT NEW ORLEANS IS EXPECTED TO REACH 20 FEET. COULD BE CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF OVERSTRONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEES IN PLAQUEMINES PARISH ON BOTH THE EAST BANK AND THE WESTBANK, AND WE’RE TARGETING AREAS SOUTH OF OAKVILLE ON THE WESTBANK AND SOUTH OF THE EAST BANK MOST LIKELY TO BE AT RISK FOR FLOODING DUE TO OVERTOPPING OF THE LEVEES. RIGHT NOW WE BELIEVE THAT ANY OVERTOPPING OF THE LEVEES WOULD BE RELATIVELY SHORT DURING RATION OF 12 HOURS BUT THAT IS STILL A VERY SIGNIFICANT HAZARD, SO WE’RE ASKING EVERYONE TO TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY. >>YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS THERE. WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF PICTURES FROM THIS MORNING OF WATER IN HOTELS INCLUDING THE ROOSEVELT AND THE JUNG HOTELS. >>WE SAW SOME VIDEOS EARLY FROM INSIDE THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL, AND YOU COULD SEE THAT THERE WAS WATER INSIDE THAT LOBBY. BUT AS OF A FEW HOURS AGO IT LOOKS LIKE ALL OF THE WATER WAS OUT, AND THERE WAS, THANKFULLY, NO DAMAGE. NOW, THE JUNG HOTEL ON CANAL HAD A LOT MORE OF A MESS TO DEAL WITH. WE HAVE SOME VIDEO FROM INSIDE THE LOBBY THAT A GUEST SHARED WITH US. IT JUST SHOWED HOW THAT WATER, YOU CAN SEAT RIGHT HERE, THIS IS FROM INSIDE, YOU CAN SEE ALL THAT WATER OUTSIDE. SOME OF THAT WATER DID CREEP INSIDE OF THE HOLT. THEY DID HAVE SOME SANDBAGS OUT WHICH I DO BELIEVE HELPED A LITTLE BIT, BUT FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD, THE WATER CREEPED ALL THE WAY UP TO NEARLY THEIR KNEES. THE HOTEL STAFF PUT SANDBAGS OUT TO KEEP OUT AS MUCH ACE COULD. WHEN I STOPPED BY THEY WERE ROLLING OUT BUCKETS OF WATER TO EMPTY OUT THE LOBBY. I SPOKE TO ONE COUPLE IN TOWN FOR THEIR 23rd WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. >>IT WAS SCARY, BECAUSE I HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I’M FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND I HAVEN’T SEEN BORT LIKE THAT SINCE 1989 WHEN HURRICANE HUGO CAME TO CHARLOTTE. >>THE LOBBY WAS COMPLETELY FLOODED. THE KITCHEN WAS CLOSED. WE HAD TO COME DOWN SEVEN FLIGHTS OF STAIRS, BUT THEY REALLY TRIED TO ACCOMMODATE AND DO THE BEST WITH A BAD SITUATION. >>IT LOOKS LIKE THE HOTEL STAFF SPENT MOST OF THE AFTERNOON CLEANING UP THIS MESS. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO CLOSE. LUCKILY I DIDN’T HEAR ABOUT ANY DAMAGE, JUST A LOT OF WATER THAT THANKFULLY SHOULD HOPEFULLY BE ABOUT CLEARED OUT BY NOW. >>ERICA, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS COMING OUR WAY. YOU HEARD THAT WOMAN SAY SHE HADN’T SEEN THAT KIND OF WATER SINCE HURRICANE HUGO HIT NORTH CAROLINA. WE DON’T EVEN HAVE A NAMED SYSTEM. WHAT HIT US TODAY WAS NOT EVEN PART OF WHAT’S HEADED OUR WAY. LET’S TOSS TO THE CHRIS FRANKLIN. TODAY’S WEATHER IS SEPARATE AND APART FROM WHAT’S COMING. >>ONCE THE STORM GETS BETTER ORGANIZED, WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO CALL IT, BECAUSE IT’S POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE, IT’S THE SYSTEM THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME BARRY. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT SLIM POSSIBILITY OF NAMING. IT DOESN’T DO ANYTHING, BUT IT PROBABLY WILL. THE RAINFALL THAT WE HAD TO CONTEND WITH TODAY WAS FROM A MORE UPPER DISTURBANCE THAT TRIGGERED QUITE A BIT OF RAIN ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST. STILL HAVE SOME RAINFALL OUT THERE. JUST WANTED TO UPDATE YOU. WE SOMETIMES GET SO FOCUSED ON WHAT IS HEADED OUR WAY WE CANNOT EVEN LOOK OUT THE WINDOW. WE’VE GOT SOME HEAVY STORMS MOVING AWAY. ACTUALLY BUILDING BACK OVER HAMMOND, OVER LAKE MAUREPAS. ON THE NORTHSHORE WE ALSO HAVE A BIT MORE. PRETTY ACTIVE WEATHER THERE. NOTHING SEVERE AT THE MOMENT BUT CERTAINLY A LOT OF LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. A FEW STORMS CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI, LOUISIANA LINE RIGHT NOW. SPEAKING OF MISSISSIPPI WE DO HAVE A FEW SYMPTOMS, KIND OF ALONG LOWER MISSISSIPPI BUT ALSO PRODUCING A FEW LITTLE OUTFLOWS. STRONGER STORM KIND OF APPROACHING PICAYUNE AND JUST TO THE SOUTH OF PEARL RIVER, SOME THUNDERSTORMS THERE AS WELL. NOTHING IN THE CITY AT THE MOMENT. STIFFLY AN AERIAL FLOOD ADVISORY FOR THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES. AND AFTER THAT I THINK WE SHOULD SEE MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE STREETS HAVING ALREADY SUBSIDE WEED THE STANDING WATER. STILL SOME HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING AROUND THE HAHNVILLE AREA, LaPLACE. COMPUTER MODEL NOT INITIAL LIESING WELL, BUT IT’S KIND OF ANTICIPATING MORE RAIN. FORTUNATELY IT’S NOT GOING TO BE THE TYPES OF FLOODING RAIN THAT WE HAD TO CONTEND WITH. MAYBE A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS OVERNIGHT TONIGHT, AND IT DOES LOOK LIKE A FAIRLY DRY START TO THE MORNING. MAYBE A FEW STORMS START TO ROLL IN FROM EAST TO WEST AS WE START THE MORNING COMMUTE TOMORROW BUT NOT AS INTENSE AS EARLIER. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP THAT MENTION OF RAINFALL WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 80s THROUGHOUT THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. IF THERE WAS ONE POSITIVE, IT WASN’T A HOT DAY TODAY. WE’RE STILL WATCHING WHAT WILL LIKELY BECOME BARRY POSSIBLY LATER IN THE DAY TOMORROW. CERTAINLY NOT TONIGHT AS IT IS NOT GETTING ANY BETTER ORGANIZED. THAT BROAD AREA OF CIRCULATION HAS NOT REALLY STARTED TO GET BETTER ORGANIZED AND STARTED TO KIND OF COMPACT. WE DON’T REALLY SEE ANY CONVECTION DEVELOPING AROUND THAT CENTER. AS I HAVE BEEN POINTING OUT THERE ALMOST LOOKS TO BE AT LEAST ONE, IF NOT SELF OTHER LITTLE SMALL VORTICES, AND MAYBE ONE OF THOSE WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME WHAT IS THE CENTER OF THE STORM. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE THE FINAL CENTER. IT MAY BE TRYING TO REDEVELOP. CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE THERE’S CONVECTION. IF THAT’S THE CASE THAT ADJUSTS THE FORECASTED TRACK TO MAYBE ALONG MORE SOUTH, KEEPING IT FARTHER AWAY FROM US. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. RIGHT NOW THE FORECASTED TRACK CONTINUES ALONG THAT SOUTHWESTERLY PATH THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT AND INTO EARLY TOMORROW. THEN SOMETIME DURING THE DAY AS A TROPICAL STORM BEGINNING MORE OF A WESTERLY PATH. AND THEN ON INTO FRIDAY IT BEGINS A TURN. IF THE MAKES THE TURN AT ALL, MORE TOWARDS THE NORTHWEST. IT’S STILL POSSIBLE THAT IT KIND OF CONTINUES MOVING WEST AND THEN EVENTUALLY STARTS MAKING SOME KIND OF A TURNING MAYBE MORE TOWARDS LAKE CHARLES OR HOUSTON. RIGHT NOW IT COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM MORGAN CITY, THE THIBODAUX AREA, ALL THE WAY TO HOUSTON AS WE GET INTO SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THERE IS STILL A VERY LARGE AREA OF THE NORTH AND NORTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO COAST THAT IS GOING TO BE IMPACTED BY A LANDFALLING LIKELY HURRICANE. IT COULD EVEN BE STRONGER THAN THAT. WE TALKED ABOUT IT MANY SEASONS THAT THE INTENSITY FORECAST IS STILL VERY POOR. THE FORECASTED PATH IS FAR MORE ACCURATE. WAVY FAR BETTER PICTURE OF WHERE IT IS GOING TO GO. IN TERMS OF THE INTENSITY THAT IS STILL A BIG UP IN THE AIR. LEVEES PROTECT US UP TO 20 FEET. I’M GOING TO BRING YOU SOME INFORMATION TO TELL YOU THE ACTUAL HEIGHT OF THE HE WILL VASE AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN METRO NEW ORLEANS. BECAUSE IN MANY LOCATIONS IT’S ACTUALLY OVER 20 FEET. SO A RIVER HEIGHT OF 20 IS OKAY. YOU HEARD PAUL MURPHY AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS THAT THEY’RE NOT TOO CONCERNED WITH THAT HEIGHT. A LOT OF FOLKS GOT WORRIED, ALSO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE FOR THE LAST 70 YEARS. IT’S A VERY RARE OCCURRENCE BUT SOMETHING WE WILL HAVE TO CONTEND WITH, WITH THAT WATER BLOCKING THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER AND PREVENTING THAT FLOW FROM EXITING THE MOUTH. HURRICANE WATCHES ARE UP FROM BASICALLY PLAQUEMINES PARISH ALL THE WAY TO THE LOUISIANA/TEXAS LAIN, AND TROPICAL STORM WATCHES IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST. IN TERMS OF THE WIND PROBABILITY OF US ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS, THAT CHANCE IS FAR GREATER ALONG THE COASTLINE. ABOUT A 40 TO 50% CHANCE IN MUCH OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. LOWER AS YOU GET INTO MISSISSIPPI, WITH THE GREATER CHANCE, OBVIOUSLY THIS FOLLOWS THE CENTER LINE OF THE FORECAST STORM. SO YOUR GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THOSE WOULD BE MORE IN SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA. STORM SURGE WATCHES ARE ALSO UP AS THIS SYSTEM IS GOING TO TRY AND GET BETTER ORGANIZED, BUT AT THE MOMENT NOT DOING. SO YOU HAVE KIND OF A BROAD UPPER LEVEL LOW AT THE SAME TIME THAT BROAD SURFACE LEVEL LOW. YOU’VE GOT COMPETING SYSTEMS IN THE LOWER AND UPPER PARTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE. THE STEERING CURRENTS ARE ALSO GOING TO PLAY A BIG FACTOR. MODELS ARE INDICATING AN UPPER TROUGH IS GOING TO FORCE THIS UPPER HIGH TO RETREAT WHICH IS WHY THIS SHOULD START MAKING THE TURN. IF THE STAYS STRONG ENOUGH, AND THAT WIND SHEAR, IT MAY KEEP WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME BARRY MOVING WEST AND MAYBE MORE TOWARD TEXAS. BOTH MILLION DOLLARS HAVE QUITE A BIT OF RAINFALL MOVING OUR WAY. MUCH OF CENTRAL LOUISIANA, THE GFS AND THE EURO, SOME AGREEMENT TO CENTRAL LOUISIANA. THE EURO IS A LITTLE OFF WHICH IS WHY WHEN I SHOW YOU THE FORECAST, IT HAS FAR MORE, ALMOST TWO FEET OF RAIN AT BATON ROUGE WHERE IT’S IN OUR VIEWING AREA YOU’VE GOT ANYWHERE FROM JUST OVER A FOOT TO A LITTLE MORE THAN A HALF A FOOT TO EVEN JUST TWOIMPLES OF RAIN IN GULFPORT. SO OUR VIEWING AREA IS GOING TO SEE A WIDE RANGE OF RAINFALL TOTALS ONCE THE STORM MAKES LANDFALL. OUR BEST ESTIMATES ARE SIX TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN, THREE TO FIVE FOOT INCREASE IN WATER LEVELS ALONG OUR COASTLINE AS WELL AS WINDS 20, MAYBE 50 MILES PER HOUR, ESPECIALLY NEAR THE COAST AND ALSO THE POSSIBILITY AND LIKELIHOOD OF SOME SMALL, WEAK, SHORT-LIVED TORNADOES AS THE STORM IS MAKING LANDFALL, PROBABLY ON INTO SATURDAY. >>ALL RIGHT, CHRIS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>STAY WITH US. WE WILL HAVE MUCH MORE ON THE TROPICAL SYSTEM AFTER THIS BREAK. Ok everyone! Our mission is to
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and energy.>>>DURING THIS MORNING’S STORM THERE WAS A WATERSPOUT SPOTTED. THAT SAME SYSTEM LEFT BEHIND DAMAGE TO A HOUSE IN BAYOU ST. JOHN. >>MEG FARRIS SPOKE WITH ONE OF THE HOMEOWNERS. >>IN FACT, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS POSSIBLE TORNADO JUST HIT THIS ONE HOUSE. I’M HERE WITH THE HOMEOWNER. HE IS A NEON ARTIST AND A COLLECTOR OF GORGEOUS GLASS ARTWORK, ERIC ELLENBERGER. YOU’RE HERE SOAK WET, TRYING TO SALVAGE YOUR ART, YOUR CREATION. I SAW YOUR WIFE WITH TEARS IN HER EYES. THIS IS TOUGH. >>YEAH, SHE’S NOT HANDLING IT REAL WELL RIGHT NOW. SHE’LL BOUNCE BACK. >>THANK GOODNESS EVERYBODY IS OKAY. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. Y’ALL WERE SLEEPING WHEN IT HAPPENED? >>NO, WE WERE AWAKE. WE WERE SITTING IN THE BED AND WE HEARD THE SOUND OF HAIL, REAL HARD DOWNFALL OF HAIL. THE FRONT DOOR ALARM WENT OFF SO I GOT UP TO WALK DOWN THE HALLWAY TO CHECK THE FRONT. AS I WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY I HEARD A BIG EXPLOSION- LIKE SOUND, JUST INSTANTANEOUS. I DIDN’T HEAR ANY WIND, JUST THIS EXPLOSION. TRUTHFULLY I DIDN’T REALLY GRASP WHAT IT WAS, BECAUSE THE HALLWAY IS RELATIVELY PROTECTED. BUT WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR, NO CEILING. THEN I WEPT BACK TO THE BEDROOM, AND THE WHOLE BEDROOM WAS BLOWN OUT AND MAY WIFE AND DOG WERE KIND OF — WERE UNDER THE RUBBLE, BUT THEY WERE FINE. >>YOUR WIFE AND DOG WERE UNDER THE RUBBLE, BUT THEY WERE OKAY. >>THEY DID FINE. >>Reporter: IT PROBABLY TOOK SAID, BUT IT FELT LIKE AN ETERNITY. >>THEY WERE SURPRISED, BUT THEY DID FINE. >>Reporter: Y’ALL ARE ALREADY LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LIVE? YOU’RE TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING THAT’S SALVAGEABLE OUT OF HERE, AND I SAW A BUILDING INSPECTOR FROM THE CITY ALREADY OUT THERE SO THEN YOU LOOK AND YOU REBUILD. >>THAT’S RIGHT. WHEN WE BOUGHT THE BUILDING, IT WAS A SHELL, BECAUSE IT WAS HURRICANE DAMAGED. SO WE BOUGHT IT POST-HURRICANE. SO WE’LL DO IT AGAIN. A LITTLE BIT MORE DAMAGED THAN IT WAS, BUT WE’LL DO IT AGAIN. >>Reporter: I SAW THE TARNS YOUR EYES IN THE MOMENTS WHEN YOU SAW YOUR WAIVE AND YOUR DOG UNDER THE RUBBLE AND YOU LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND REALIZED YOU WERE ALL OKAY. TELL ME ABOUT THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU FIRST SAW EACH OTHER. >>IS IT ALL HAPPENED SO QUICKLY, IT WAS JUST OVER AND DONE. EVERYTHING WAS FINE, AND WE JUST COUNTED OUR BLESSINGS. >>Reporter: PEOPLE ARE ON ONE SIDE OF THE BAYOU TAKING PICTURES, PEOPLE COMING UP BANCROFT LACKING AND VERY CONCERNED, MAKING SURE — >>AN AMAZING TURNOUT OF PEOPLE WE’VE NEVER MET. >>Reporter: DOING WHAT? >>HELPING. >>Reporter: COMING IN AND TRYING TO HELP. >>CLEANING UP. THEY JUST OFFERED TO DO WHATEVER WE WOULD ASK THEM TO DO. MOSTLY TRYING TO CLEAN PATHWAYS SO WE CAN MOVE STUFF AROUND. THEY’VE BEEN VERY KIND. >>Reporter: ERIC, AFTER 37 YEARS YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT IS NEW ORLEANS. >>THAT IS NEW ORLEANS. >>Reporter: THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO HIM AND HIS WIE. ANOTHER AREA HIT HARD WAS MID CITY. >>HERE’S THE LATESTON WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE. DANNY. >>Reporter: WELL, WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW HOURS MAKES. IF YOU JOINED US AROUND THE MIDDAY SHOW WHEN WE WERE LIVE OUT HERE, JEFF DAVIS AND THE CANAL WAS UNDERWATER. TAKE A LIVE LOOK. YOU CAN SEE THAT WATER IS GONE. EVERYWHERE THERE WAS WATER, IT’S BASICALLY CLEARED. YOU CAN SEE OVER HERE A LITTLE BIT AS WELL. THAT DEBRIS LINE ALONG THE NEUTRAL GROUND OVER THERE SHOWS YOU THE EXTENT OF HOW FAR THE WATER HAS COME UP HERE. BUT AGAIN RATE NOW IT LOOKS LIKE BASICALLY JUST ANY OTHER AFTERNOON HEAR IN NEW ORLEANS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VIDEO WE SHOT EARLIER TODAY WHEN THAT WATER STILL HERE. AGAIN, THE WATER HERE AT THE CORNER OF CANAL AND JEFF DAVIS, IT WAS VERY HIGH, I’D ZANE SOME PLACES PROBABLY TWO TO THREE FEET. PEOPLE, THE ONLY WAY THEY COULD GET AROUND WAS WALKING THROUGH THAT WATER AS BEST THEY COULD. SEVERAL CARS HERE FLOODED. AGAIN, BUCK COULDN’T REALLY DRIVE, IT WAS JUST WALKING WAS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND. THERE WAS WATER THAT UNFORTUNATELY APPEARED TO GET INTO SOME HOUSES. FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE, WE SPOKE ’01 PERSON WHAT WAS A VISITOR TO NEW ORLEANS FROM AUSTRALIA. WE SPOKE TO AT WHAT WAS FROM NEW ORLEANS, AND THEY BOTH HAD SIMILAR THINGS TO SAY, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES WITH THIS. >>Reporter: HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE? >>NO, SIR. WE’VE GOT FLASH FLOODING IN AUSTRALIA BUT IT’S NOTHING LIKE THIS. THIS HAPPENED IN A COUPLE OF HOURS. PRETTY CRAZY. WE’RE TRYING TO BACK THE NEXT FLIGHT BACK TO AUSTRALIA. >>Reporter: HOW BAD IS THIS IN THE CAR? >>TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF. IT’S PRETTY BAD. >>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU DO FROM HERE? YOU TRY TO SAVE YOUR GEAR? >>WHO KNOWS. I DON’T KNOW. JUST TRYING TO SCAVENGE AS MUCH STUFF AS I CAN. I TOLD THE HOTEL OWNER, HE CAN JUST TOW MY CAR. >>30 YEARS AGO, IT FLOODED LIKE THIS, SO NOTHING HAS CHANGED. >>Reporter: AND SO THAT CAR THAT YOU SAW JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, YOU CAN SEE HE HAS LEFT IT THERE, AND THERE’S A LITTLE AMERICAN FLAG SITTING ON TOP OF THAT CAR. THE OTHER GENTLEMAN YOU HEARD IN THAT MAY FLOOD OF ‘KNIFE, HE SAID IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING HE HAD SEEN. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT FINALLY THIS AREA IS DRY. IT UNFORTUNATELY TOOK A LOT OF TAME BUT PEOPLE ARE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL AS BEST AS THEY CAN, PEOPLE RIDING BICYCLES. ACTUALLY THE BAR ACROSS THE STREET IS BACK IN OPERATION. THERE ARE TABLES OUTSIDE AND PEOPLE ENJOYING A DRINK. THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS PART OF THE CITY FINALLY IS DRY. REPORTING LIVE IN MID CITY, EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>WE

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