Shreveport, Hurricane Laura, Bill Cairns discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
All Right Hurricane Laura barreled ashore near the Texas Louisiana border around two am eastern this morning as a powerful category four storm bringing with it extreme winds storm surge and flash flooding according to the National Hurricane Center the fast-moving hurricane exploded intensity yesterday and continued to gain strength into the night. It has been downgraded to a category three storm for now good morning and welcome to morning Joe. It's Thursday August twenty seventh we're going to get. To, the storm in just a moment, we'll also go live to Jonathan Lemaire out the White House for his latest reporting and fact check of nine, nine, three of the Republican. National Convention. It was hard to keep up with all the fact checking. Also, this morning, we're going to go live to Canossa Wisconsin where we are learning more detail surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake. We'll get the very latest on the investigation and the continued protests floss. On the seventeen year old resident charged with homicide after shooting that took place during Wednesday night's violence there, and we will discuss the wave of boycotts and postponements across the professional sports world in protest of that police shooting a lot going on Willie. It is a busy morning. Let's bring in though NBC meteorologist Bill Cairns to start us off with Hurricane Laura Bill. At this time yesterday you said you woke up and shuddered at the size and the gathering strength of this storm it delivered as a category for a couple of hours ago has it looked right now? We just got the new update infant hurricane center and we're now. Call a major hurricane. It's down to category two. So quickly losing its punch, but still doing damage far inland and when it made landfall, it was the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in Louisiana's history I mean. So that's like serious stuff and when we see the wind damage that has occurred in areas like Lake Charles later today, it'll be eye opening on me and I just saw a picture of one of the TV stations there the local stations that TV and tower has collapsed in part of the skyline there. So let me take you through some of the concerns we still have with this storm. So right now the. I what's left of the? I can still see it clearly north of Lake Charles it's heading towards four pole. That's where we're still getting destruction. That's where we're still getting some damage to roofs to all of the trees and even Alexandria the winds are really kicking up pretty strong. Here's some of our current wind gusts Alexandria forty, nine notice. We still have gusts near the I near eighty, two miles per hour. That's enough to do some significant damage. Still, we have a little over half a million people without power that number will continue to grow as the storm heads up towards shreveport and the timing for Shreveport. The closest. To, you will be about one o'clock. This afternoon you'll be on the backside. So hopefully, the winds won't be too strong right now, we're predicting the winds in shreveport to be anywhere between fifty to seventy miles per hour, and then the storm holds together as a rain and wind event through the areas of the southern Ohio Valley in the mid Atlantic Watch out on Saturday Washington DC all the way through southern portions of New Jersey we could see some gusty winds in very rainy Saturday afternoon for you, and here's those peak wind gusts center anticipated for the rest of today about doses around seventy. Shreveport sixty five or so in Little Rock, the winds will be a little lighter that willy the one thing I didn't talk a lot about and it's still kind of the mystery is how bad was the storm surge? It happened in the middle of the night it happened in a very swampy unpopulated area. There's a chance we had this epic historic storm surge, but it just didn't happen in any populated areas it happened over the swamps. So I have not seen heard any reports of destruction from the storm surge yet, but we'll wait until sun up until the helicopters get up just to make sure. All right we'll take that early good news. Bill Cairns. We'll check back in with you later again now, hurricane a category two storm Bill. Thanks so much. Let's bring in NBC. News correspondent. Sam. brockie live in Beaumont Texas East Texas near the Louisiana Border San what are you seeing on the ground right now? It's really calmed down really good morning very good to be with you. There were strong wind gusts of fifty sixty miles an hour ago as recently as about an hour ago. But now the rain really comes and the people of Beaumont have to be breathing a sigh of relief I spoke with the mayor yesterday and what he told me was Russia's airport Arthur. Expecting billions of dollars worth of damage. That's just not what materialized. You're on the weeks out of the storm what we are seeing really right now, if you look over my shoulder tons of power outages and really there's always that arbitrary nature of storms who does and does not get hit this side of the street it's all dark up and down as far as. You can see this is interstate ten over my shoulder here obviously, a major thoroughfare no lighting in that direction, you go down a few blocks and you're seeing some places that have light but twenty two range say sixty to seventy thousand customers with no power right now that's a lot of people you multiply that by three or four by the household and you're talking. About a couple, hundred, thousand people with no electricity this morning. But if that's what we're talking about instead of loss of life, certainly a better situation there the evacuation process you wouldn't think of this as a huge metropolitan area but in Beaumont, there's fifty five thousand people I should say about one, hundred, eighteen, thousand people port Arthur collectively, they have two, hundred, thousand so. How'd you be evacuated and they were successfully for the most part we talked to a few people who said I'm staying behind to ride this thing out men did they get lucky because Port Arthur is only about a mile or two from the Gulf of Mexico that could have been bad instead in this age of Covid, they were able to orchestrate all kinds of. Buses and get folks either who are experiencing disabilities or perhaps didn't have the means otherwise to leave the area to get them out in time. There was a major storm right now on this weaker side Willy we're about sixty or seventy miles away from where this made landfall it's looking okay. So far in the light of day will be able to the damage further but. Sort of a better case scenario.