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i'm jacqui heinrich. >> i'm mike emanuel. we have fox team coverage. jeff paul is on the ground in new orleans and rick reichmuth is live in the fox weather center. rick, let's start with you. >> actually, it's adam klotz. adam, good afternoon. >> good afternoon. rick and i switched off. a long day ahead of us and we will be tracking this throughout the course of the day. the center of circulation is off to the west of grand aisle. the grand aisle's been getting it for a couple of hours many we have the inner and outer eyewall, two areas where there's powerful winds at the moment and lightning on the south side of the eyewall, areas where it's been powerful so far. now that this has run on-ground, still moving to the northwest at 13 miles an hour, beginning to slow down. that's going to be the story, not just over the next couple hours but all the way to tomorrow morning, this will stay a powerful storm. it's going to slow down. as it slows down, that gives more time for damage to pile up,
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for winds to pile up, damage, for rain to pile up also. winds right now currently in new orleans up to 60 miles an hour. closer to the center of circulation, obviously all of these wind meters have been knocked out at this point. 60 about as high as we've seen, a lot of spots 30 to # 40-mile-an-hour gusts. we think the wind numbers are going to climb up. this is forecasted wind gusts, numbers getting up closer to 70 or 80. i'll continue on with this graphic and suddenly you're looking at areas getting up to 90-mile-an-hour wind gusts in new orleans in the next few hours. you'll be sticking with this for quite some time, up to 6:00 p.m. no surprise, the hurricane warning is not just along the coast, it stretches inland. we're expecting powerful winds, hurricane force winds to move inland as the storm moves inland over the next several hours. here is the timing on that. even as we get into this evening, still a category 2 hurricane. as you've moved well inland, winds at 105 miles an hour as
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this system continues to slow down and make that move. otherwise, when i talk about a slow-moving system, you have to talk about the potential for rain and we're certainly going to see it. some of the bright purple areas, 18 inches or more. that is including the new orleans area. stretching over close to baton rouge and then a whole lot of moisture is going to run with this, running up the mississippi river, eventually getting into the ohio river valley and then up into new england, that's still a couple days away but flooding is going to be one of the major concerns from the mississippi delta and getting up into mississippi, even over portions of alabama, flooding a big concern, it's going to be a busy next 24 hours and of course we will be watching it. mike and jackie, back to you. mike: 20 inches of rain in new orleans, sounds like the biggest test of the levee system since katrina 16 years ago. >> reporter: it will be. mike: adam, thanks very much. heavy rain could make for major flooding in the big easy as hurricane ida comes ashore
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there. this is one of the biggest hurricanes in recent years. jeff paul is on the ground in new orleans. jeff, what's the latest on the ground this hour? >> yeah, mike, hurricane ida made landfall not too long ago but pretty significantly far away from new orleans, but things here are already starting to get really bad. you can hear probably the wind is how long. you've got the -- howling. you've got the rain pelting myself, almost feels like rocks hitting you and you've got the wind. you can see what it's doing to the river, this is the mississippi river, pushing white caps on the shore and the trees, these trees, incredibly resilient as we experience some of the whipped gusts that are end -- wind gusts that are incredibly strong and you can hear the wind is howling. so far, we haven't heard any reports of damage at least here in new orleans. it is still very early. but we are hearing reports of more than 100,000 people without power already. and we still have a long way to
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go. that's throughout the state of louisiana. we know tens of thousands here in new orleans have lost power and really this storm slightly kind of caught folks off-guard because it formed so quickly and became so strong and it didn't give folks much time to prepare. >> nobody was paying attention to this until it was, well, it could be a 4, could be 5 and then everybody woke up and realized, wow, we do not want this storm because it did -- it wiped this whole coast out. my business is included. >> reporter: now, as we continue to get hit by these strong winds and strong outer bands of hurricane ida, we should mention that law enforcement already telling folks that if you have not left, it's best to hunker down wherever you are. floss way out of it now. it's going to be more dangerous. if you are some of the low-lying areas, which we have reports of people trying to reach 911 to
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get rescued, they say it's too late. it's too bad. we can't get to you. they're going to have to sit there, brace the storm and if they're there when the storm moves through they're going to try to get to them as best they can. mike: i'm curious as you make your way around town whether it's largely a ghost town. obviously folks in new orleans are well aware of what can go wrong with a major hurricane. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, for the most part, we're not seeing too many people. we did get a few as they call them storm tourists out here walking around. once they said that hurricane ida had made landfall, all those people started to clear out. i think a few people still kind of mosying about, people who are houseless unfortunately have to brace this storm out here as best they can. there are some shelters but some folks don't want to go to the shelters. other than that, coming into town yesterday i think myself and my photo journalist out here, charles stuart, we were surprised to see the amount of
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traffic going both directions on i-10, east and west, people getting out of town because they didn't want to deal with this, especially this falling on the day of what happened 16 years ago with hurricane katrina. obviously a much different storm. all storms are different. a lot has changed in new orleans but this will be a huge test as the powerful storm continues to batter the coast of louisiana and move into areas like new orleans and baton rouge. mike: what are the immediate concerns there in new orleans in the hours ahead, jeff, just to see if the levees hold? anything beyond that? >> reporter: i think that's the big conversation is are these improvements going to work, are the pumps going to continue to pump out water and function as they're supposed to and are these levees going to hold. they said after katrina that the long overdue improvements were going to happen. they did them. and really since katrina there hasn't been one of these major cat 4, cat 5 hurricanes to sweep through the area. so now they're going to get that
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test and see really if these improvements have come to fruition. the other concern too is for the people who stuck around. you know, what's going to happen to them? is the house, the structure they're in, is it going to hold up? if you need medicine, are you able to get it? the power companies said prepare to spend days and days without power and part of that is because they justifies i callie sometimes -- just physically can't get into the areas to repair power with downed trees. you have to take a bridge to get into new orleans, so if somebody happens to the bridge -- there's only so many ways to get to new orleans, you have to take a bridge. >> i was watching the local news there earlier today and was hearing that some hospitals that would ordinarily have evacuated their patients for a storm like this just couldn't manage to do that because of the strain the coronavirus has put on those facilities.
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so i want to ask you, are there any shelters that you're seeing where people who have evacuated are being held? because as i understand it, people who decided not to leave were told you might not get first responders to come to you for 72 hours or so. so are you seeing people go to community areas where they can get protection? >> reporter: yeah, i mean, people are trying to take people in even. we hear about that sort of neighborly attitude here in louisiana. you definitely get that sense from some of the interviews we've heard of other people getting sandbags for other homeowners or trying to get supplies for them and making sure -- the coronavirus definitely is something that is a completely different twist to other hurricanes, something we haven't had to face before where louisiana is one of the hardest hit states right now by hospitalizations and people needing care due to the
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coronavirus so those hospitals are pushed to their limits. i think that's why there was a push for people to get out of town, especially those vulnerable to medication or elderly or try to get as much things in place. but this storm, just a few days ago we're talking last week was a tropical depression and now here it is, a category 4 on the upper end of a category 4 that made landfall just about an hour ago. >> and jeff, that area, a big risk for that area is the gas export factors. can you talk at all about how that complicates things here? >> reporter: yeah, sure. i mean, the gas exports, they got to get down here and down on the south louisiana coast. that's very low-lying areas where they've sort of dug canals to drain certain spots of land so they can get to those exports and get the oil out. so that's certainly going to be on hold right now and we saw
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that. maybe not directly related to the industry itself, but people were gassing up at fuel staigs as far -- fuel station as far away as lafayette, and they were running out of gas. it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few days and which systems and which industries are affected most by hurricane ida which is just sort of getting started especially in these more heavily populate r&d areas like baton rouge and new orleans. >> jeff, thank you so much for that. we're going to keep checking in with you, get dry while you can. appreciate that live report. damaging gusty winds an heavy rainfall are hitting louisiana as ida batters that area and for a more detailed look we're going to go to the national hurricane center director, ken graham. thank you for joining us for this discussion. how much of this is left now? as i understand it, we're only beginning to see the impact of this.
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>> yeah, absolutely. just because we made landfall doesn't mean we're done with this yet because the hurricane force winds will still continue to move north. it will stretch 50 miles out from the center. you could get power outages, damage associated with this. we're just getting started. look at this radar, that's an a incredible amount of rain. as we move along this track, some of the same places, not just around the core of the center of the storm, but the florida panhandle, areas in alabama, mississippi, that's going to be range for quite -- raining for quite a long time. the rainfall and flooding, we're just getting started with the flooding associated with this hurricane. >> what about this storm makes it unlike what we've seen in many of our lifetimes? i understand this was forecast to be potentially one of the most powerful to hit louisiana since the 1850s. what qualities of this storm give it that characteristic? >> i think it's one of these storms that you go back to last week and this was a wave.
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i mean, it was a tropical wave and we forecast some sort of impact. we were looking at some sort of impact in louisiana, really the same spot for the last two or three days. if you think about that and the rapid intensify case of this storm, we had nine tropical systems rapidly intensify last season, and this did the same thing. warm waters, all the conditions were perfect and to see that type of intensity overnight, it was well-forecast but at the same time just incredible change and incredible intensity that makes it that much more dangerous. >> the government invested billions of dollars improving the region's storm protection infrastructure and ida as we've been saying is really going to test that system. so can you measure at all how likely that is to hold up given the surge that you're seeing and the wind and the various factors that are testing it. >> yeah, you know, it's always a test with these system. we had a look at some of the big storm surge values but really
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what we're really concerned with is out of the federal system, so some of the local levees, some of those could over-top. it's a test of the system. once you get the storm surge in and out, it's still the rainfall that occurs. so just because you start reducing the surge over the next few hours, i'm still so concerned about the amount of rain that could fall over the next 24, 36 hours. we're going to have to watch that as well as some of the water gets inside the levee systems. >> aside from the storm surge and the wind, obviously there's a risk for spin-off tornadoes that comes with this storm. how does that change things? can you talk about that at all? >> it does. it's interesting. when you look at the tropical systems, you think the movement of about like this, that's the movement of the storm currently. you draw a line through the center. 90% of the tornadoes occur in the right front quadrant. look at alabama, look at portions of mississippi.
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these are the areas you could see quick spin-up tornadoes. >> what are some of the things that happened after katrina that could mitigate this? do you see it as being sufficient or what kind of after actions are going to have to be taken when this passes through? like how long are people potentially going to be without power and that kind of thing? >> yeah, i think power outages, you look at this type of storm, i mean, 150-mile-an-hour winds, it's just devastating. areas that got that inner core could see significant power outages. the other part of this, any storm, pre-katrina, after katrina, any storm you get that will produce that kind of wind, hurricane force winds, trees are going to come down, power lines are going to come down. no matter what you do, you're going to have some of those issues. the key is always being prepared for that after the storm. >> can you talk to us at all about the factors that led to this storm rapidly intensifying.
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i know warm gulf waters at the end of the summer can impact that. there's a lot of discussion also about emissions and human cause warming that has driven hurricanes to rapidly intensify. can you talk about the science behind that, why that warm water causes that raped intensity -- rapid intensity. >> it's warm water, we had that. it was the entire track coming across cuba and getting into the gulf of mexico. the entire track was over the warmest part of the gulf of mexico. we had plenty of fuel. the other part that -- it's more than just the temperature at the surface, it's ocean heat content. it wasn't just at the surface, we had the heat well deep into the gulf of mexico. when you stir up that water, you stir up warm water, not bringing up-well or coldwater. you stir up the warm water, it's plenty of fuel.
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everything came together last night for the rapid intense at this. that cuts down the time line. we recognized it. we had it in our forecast and it happened. >> this area, can you talk to us about the gas export terminals and what kind of concern that poses for the aftermath had of this kind of storm? >> safety is always first in these systems. whether in land or offshore, you get people away from that danger. as a result, they've been through it before. they're going to have to -- to get things restarted, they always do. that can impact things. our job here at the hurricane center, we try get them that information early to get them out of harm's way. >> you know, year after hurricane laura struck that area, people in lake charles a lot of them still have blue tarps over their roofs but hurricane katrina caused more than $1 billion in damage and obviously there was a lot of investment to prevent a similar
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scene. but what kind of costs are we looking at potentially for a storm of this magnitude being over land for as long as it's forecast to be, every hour that it hangs out over the land is just another hour that it's tearing things apart. can you talk about how that slow pace really impacts this? >> yeah, that doesn't help. you look at the damage from these storms, it's all the hazards. you don't even know until it's all said and done. you look at this radar once again, it's going to take some time to get into some of these areas to see what kind of damage there is. once we get the system cleared out, that's when officials can get down and assess the damage. it's going to take some time. big event, you're right, the longer you hang around the more water you can get, the more rain you can get, the more flooding and that compounds the issues and the damage. >> all right. ken graham, thank you so much for being with us. really appreciate your insight there. >> thank you. >> mike?
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still relatively quiet in lafayette. jeff did a live report a few minutes ago from new orleans and talking about how many actually filled up on gas in lafayette before evacuating out and that's really what we're seeing here is most everyone kind of moved into this region a day or two in advance of hurricane ida in preparation for this so this is a coastal louisiana seeing this really impact those areas like grand isle, out towards new orleans, they're getting heavy rainfall. for us, we are just west of that storm. when you look at satellite and radar, you'll notice the bulk of the storm is actually on the eastern portion of that. that's called the dirty side where you get the strongest wind impact and the heaviest storm surge. so nagger, we've -- so far, at shell beach, that is starting to see 7 and-a-half feet of inundation where they have storm flooding. the main concern now is the slow movement of this storm system. it's going to stall out over coastal louisiana, with that we could see some training of those
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thunderstorms and that's when the thunderstorms line up and they sit over the same area and continue to dump that rainfall, leading to flash flooding and then potentially urban flooding. the concern is how do we push that out and this is going to be the true test for new orleans and their new levee system and all of that money they poured in for that. in lafayette, we've waiting for late afternoon and evening time. as the storm slowly turns to the north, we could see some of that rainfall here. right now it has been quiet. most businesses though that you see behind me are closed for today. and so we're really still asking naiver one even though -- everyone, even though for us it is quiet, stay indoors as we have a long way to go for hurricane ida. live from lafayette, back to you in the studio. mike: national hurricane center says damage from ida will be significant. steve bender on the scene. thanks very much. fox weather coming in october. watch for it. jacqui: 16 years to the day
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after hurricane katrina made landfall in louisiana, hurricane ida is slamming ashore, threatening the same communities. retired army lieutenant general russell oderey was responsible for coordinating military relief efforts after katrina in 2005. he joins us with more. thank you for joining us. appreciate your time. >> good to be with you. jacqui: in your view, has there been enough preparation for a storm of this kind of magnitude to mitigate its impact? has there been enough evacuation efforts, structural improvement, resiliency efforts, things like that? >> well, we have made a lot of progress in resilience. i don't think we are ever really ever ready for a category 4 or 5 storm or the wind and damage that it can provide. we are a lot better than they were before katrina as you
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indicated in the he question. we're never really ready. we will have exposure. it's something i remember learning, on any given date mother nature can break anything built by man. while a lot of preparations happened with the federal government and the state and a lot of our parish leadership, we're going to take a lot of damage from this storm because the strength of it and the impact it's going to have on our infrastructure. jacqui: i know you've raised concerns about the gas export terminals. for people who are not familiar with that part of the country, can you describe that area and why it is at risk during a storm like this, what kind of impact a storm could have on it? >> absolutely. it's one of the centerpieces of our oil and gas production, the storm went through the oil patch and closed dozens of oilwells down that were in production and
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where the storm made landfall to the west of it made a significant impact on the production because about 16% of the gas we use comes out of fort bushon. as the storm continues to come north, the other thing we've got to be concerned with, we've got 150 petrochemical plants between baton rouge and new orleans that produce just about every enabling chemicals needed to make everything from paint to tennis shoes to iphones. and i hope that that storm spares those plants because it could be very impactful on our industries and chemicals that might come out might have an impact on people. so this storm couldn't come at a worse time and at a worse place. jacqui: could have a huge environmental impact, those chemicals, if they're hit. can you describe what the area
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and the path of the storm could look like after? what are people going to be dealing with in terms of how long power could potentially be out? i know that you have spoken about areas that still have not fully recovered from laura a year ago, lake charles area in particular also at risk for this storm. so you've got sort of a mix in terms of areas that seem to have better preparation than others. how does it vary across the spectrum of what we could see, what different people in different areas could be seeing after this. >> i think when you -- yes, ma'am. when you put it in perspective, new orleans had a major investment after katrina in the levee system, some $15 billion. and much of the parish has got significant federal help in training, putting together emergency operation center,
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secondary levee system, the gulf levee system that went into the parish and that area. we didn't get the same level of infrastructure improvements in lake charles and when laura came last year it made a significant impact because the same areas were hit by rita 16 years ago. the sad thing i'm reporting is that even a year later, we haven't gotten the supplemental out of the senate yet to complete the recovery from lake charles. so as lake charles gets threatened today with the outer bands, there are a lot of homes here with blue roofs that haven't been replaced and a lot of public houses bog they're waiting on the -- because they're waiting on the supplemental from the senate. jacqui: last question for you, sir. how does coronavirus complicate this in the aftermath of a storm where you have people potentially searching for shelter and there's a pandemic? >> that's a big impact, ma'am. all of the hospitals are now
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full. and during katrina we had the luxury of basically displacing all the people in the hospitals to the lower parishes. we have no place to send them to this time. because the hospitals in new orleans and baton rouge and points north, all of the hospitals are full, including lake charles. the people have to stay in place and it could have a significant impact on the search and rescue as we seek to find people who need help and both former president trump and the current president, everybody is telling people go get the shot, as much as that's a tribute to people who have not taken the shot, that being said, they have to be taken care of and it's complicating our shelters because we cannot put as many people in the shelter as we used to. about a fourth of the people in shelters now. jacqui: really tough conditions. we will continue to pray for people in the path of the storm. we've run out of time.
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multiple secondary explosions. we've got team coverage with david spunt at the white house and jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. jennifer, let's start with you. >> reporter: there were initial unconfirmed reports of multiple suicide bombers inside that vehicle. that may not be true after all. here's what we can say for certain. the u.s. military carried out an unmanned drone strike against a vehicle filled with explosives that it said posed an imminent threat from kabul airport. official said it was a defensive strike on a vehicle in kabul to eliminate an imminent isis-k threat. the secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material. the u.s. military used unmanned over-the-horizon capabilities which means the american drone likely flew from a military base in the united arab emirates about eight hours flying time.
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this official added we are confident we hit the target we were aiming for. the timing of the drone strike is notable. it follows a specific warning from the u.s. embassy for american citizens and others to leave the gate of the kabul airport due to an imminent threat to the airport. u.s. officials indicated the threat has not been eliminated as a result of today's strike. >> there were more threat streams that we are working actively to try to disrupt and prevent and as the president has said, another attack could occur at any time. he has directed his commanders on the ground to take every force protection measure possible to ensure the safety of our troops as that complete their mission. >> reporter: this is the second drone site since friday when a u.s. drone targeted two members of isis-k in eastern afghanistan. >> and the fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, that's a good thing. it's a good thing for the people of afghanistan, it's a good thing for our troops and forces at that airfield. >> reporter: the timing of
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today's drone strike is notable as families were receiving their fallen sons and daughters at dover. president biden, general mark mille and defense secretary lloyd austin were meeting with those families at dover air force base this morning when the drone strike occurred. jacqui: that was such a sobering ceremony to report. appreciate that reporting, jennifer. mike: president biden and first lady jill biden back at the white house after traveling to dover to pay respects to 13 fallen heroes of the united states military. david spunt is live at the white house with the very latest. >> reporter: a day when the commander in chief turns into the comforter in chief, he was there to receive the remains of 11 of those 13 fallen heroes, alongside as jennifer griffin mentioned several members of his cabinet, the joint chiefs, also very notably, first lady dr. jill biden. he was there this morning, early parts of the afternoon. we're told there was a prayer on the plane and the president
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saluted along with other members of his command staff there as one by one 11, 11 remains passed by. definitely, definitely a difficult day. i want to put up a picture and read the names of the people, i think it's important and you can't read the names enough. sergeant darren hoover, 31 years old, marine corps staff sergeant johani, picardo, 25 years old. sergeant nicole gee, 23 years old, 22-year-old marine corps corporal hunter lopez, 23 corporal dagen page, um better o sanchez, david espinoza, jared schmidt and 20-year-old marine corps lance corporal riley mccollum. several more to go through. 20-year-old lance corporal dylan morola, 20-year-old kareem
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nikowi. there was navy hospital man markston soviak and ryan nells from coreytown, tennessee. a difficult day for the united states, a difficult day for the white house, a difficult day for the president. president biden has no other public events to announce at this point. he is expected to meet with members of his national security team to talk about the next 48 hours but clearly the focus at least of the first part of today was on these 13 fallen heroes. mike, jacqui. mike: heart breaking sees though young faces. david, many thanks. ♪ mike: new reports out of afghanistan, a vehicle in kabul was stroke by a u.s. drone, the vehicle carrying explosives with the threat of another terror attack at the airport.
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kansas republican senator, jerry moran joins us. senator, good afternoon. >> good afternoon,. mike: how alarmed are you by what we've seen in afghanistan this week? >> it's terribly alarming and it's brought home today by this somber ceremony at dover, this powerful moment in which we pay our respects to those who served, in this case those who served trying to save the lives and allow people to escape to freedom from afghanistan. but what we've seen in afghanistan to date and what we expect to occur in the future is nothing but tremendous challenges, difficulties and potential of more deaths and more destruction that highlights with these efforts by isis to do the suicide bombing, how little capabilities the taliban has in securing the airport, in helping
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provide some calm and peace. the suggestion by our government that we can deal with the taliban to our advantage, they are an adversary and an enemy and they are the ones who allow the terrorists to be in afghanistan in the first place, that resulted in 9/11. so we're reminded today about how important it is for the right kind of preparation to occur, how what we do in our departure from afghanistan is a matter of life and death and we see it today at dover and we express our care, our concern for those family members who have lost loved ones, the marine and navy man, it is a somber, yet powerful moment to be reminded that we have a responsibility to these young men, 20-year-olds, to make certain what's happening there is different than what's happened to day. mike: young men and women, as a matter of fact. some of your colleagues are calling for senior leaders to resign or to be fired for the way the draw-down was handled.
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is i'm time for somescreen senior officials to lose their jobs? >> that may be the case. what i've asked for is for senator schumer, the majority leader, this request occurred days ago, bring the senate back to work. let us have our hearings. let us put administration officials under oath. let's hear what the planning was and what it was not. and then the decisions about personnel and their failures to prepare can be better addressed. we need to have the information, the senate ought to be at work, both to find out what has gone wrong but of equal importance is to find out what we can do to change the circumstance and i would love to be in the nation's capital, telling those witnesses about the fallacy of having to lead on august 31st. there is no specific date that we should leave, except whenever our mission is complete, which would be allowing for american citizens, allowing for military
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assistance, who helped us in afghanistan, and others to be removed from that circumstance and as we best know today from our sources in the military in afghanistan, the options for anybody to be air-lifted out have pretty well disappeared and it's now an over-land trek and i want to -- would want to leave the message with those administration officials is if there is a date, it doesn't have to be said publicly and that date is only -- the only goal, the outcome has to be the safety and security of americans and our allies. mike: you are the top republican on veterans afacer. what is your message to afghan war veteran's over the past 20 years who served and maybe asking right now if it was worth it. >> absolutely, that's a problem. and our message from every american to every afghan veteran but to every veteran of any war should be we respect them, we care for them, we love them,
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they completed their mission, they did what they were asked to do. the failure here is not of anyone in a military uniform. the failure here is people who wear suits in washington, d.c. and the service at dover today reminds us we have a higher calling as public officials to do things well to protect people's lives and i've been with veterans across kansas this week, i was with a group of veterans in independence, kansas on friday. i have talked to va officials in kansas and across the country, service organizations, and the number of people calling the suicide hot line, the va suicide hot line, the e-mails and techses t have increased and it is, as you say, a concern about what did i sacrifice for when we see the outcome that we're seeing occur today and we need to make certain that they understand their sacrifice was -- is respected and honored and we ought to reach out to make certain that they know that.
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one to one, one person to another veteran, it needs to happen today and every day. mike: with this drawdown likely wrapping up in the next 48 hours or so, are you worried about terror planning in afghanistan, similar to what happened before september 11th, 2001? >> absolutely, we should be worried. we will learn more in the briefings but everything that i know that i can talk about now suggests that that is a real threat. we need to have a counter terrorism plan in place for afghanistan. we went there to prevent the afghan territory, the taliban from allowing others to use it as a launching pad against the united states in terrorist attacks and we need to be better prepared and our presence needs to be sufficient to make sure that that does not happen again. you attack against the united states on our soil as well as attacking those americans or our allies in afghanistan who still
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remain and have not yet escaped the taliban. mike: senator jeremy moran ott the great state of kansas, thanks for your time, sir. >> we honor our veterans. thank you. jacqui: president biden is getting a briefing on ida from fema. more on the hurricane's destructive path coming up next, you have the best pizza in town and the worst wait times. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do. indeed instant match instantly delivers quality candidates
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night, dad. we love you. mike: president biden received a briefing on hurricane ida from fema. one of the people on the ground in new orleans is joining us now, the city's office of homeland security and emergency preparedness director joins us via phone, collin arnold. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me. mike: how is your charming and historic city holding up so far during ida? >> pretty good. it's windy. we're feeling the impacts of this storm and we will continue through thought today and into tonight and tomorrow morning and so we're really encouraging our residents and anyone that did not evacuate to really shelter in place at this point. do not go outside and just really take care and we'll look at this with fresh eyes in the morning. just this is a lost day right now, to stay home and stay dry. mike: we're showing our audience live images of some initial damage in new orleans. what rush biggest concerns in
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the immediate hours ahead? >> certainly power outage. this is certainly a wind event. the rain has not been an issue to this point. not saying it won't be in the future and you know our city is uniquely impacted by water with our geography so that's a concern. but i'm concerned about obviously structure damage but with the wind cascading power outage, looking at about 74,000 customers in our city without power right now and it continues to grow. so i'm quite certain that we will have widespread power failure for at least -- probably a significant amount of time. mike: so it's 16 years since hurricane katrina, obviously a great deal of investment made in the levee system there in new orleans. are your levees ready? >> i believe so. and you know, we've discussed this with our state partners, the local levee boards and also the army corps of engineers and it is a great investment made by the american taxpayer, $15 billion in the system and structures that we never had in
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2005. so it is a much more hardy and secure system that is now used as a model around the world. including in the netherlands. so it is something that we feel comfort in and it's fortunate too because we had a short timeline with this rapidly intensifying hurricane, so evacuation was a real issue and we're able to say with some degree of comfort to shelter in place, if you have to, as a last resort and then what we're working on right now is the potential for post storm evacuations, if that becomes necessary and we will make that clear if and when that decision needs to be made. mike: when you heard hurricane ida was category 4 with possibility of it becoming category 5, what was your reaction, collin? >> it didn't surprise me. the 5 did a little bit. and i think that upon evaluation, which they always do after these events, it is possible that this might be
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upgraded based on some of the numbers we're seeing from grand isle where it came a shore. i'm not sur priced it in-- surprised it intensified like this. they're getting better and better with intensity which in my experience and all our experience is the hardest thing to predict. the track was pretty much right on from the beginning but it's the intensity that's the difficult thing to predict and it's the thing you need the most. mike: i have no doubt that your office has applied lessons learned from katrina. do you think a lot of the residents of the great city of new orleans have applied lessons learned as well and gotten the heck out? >> yes, i really do. so we look at this day as a day that will always be in our collective in this city, august 29th, 2005. but we also learned from it and i believe we have become more resilient as a community and we did a voluntary evacuation. a lot of people left. and those that have stayed, they
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cleared out shelves, they got sandbags, they hunkered down and the streets last night, i took a walk around to get some air, and they were clear. you know, and i'm looking at that right now. we've had no law enforcement issues, we've had no problems. it's pretty quiet down here right now and that tells me that people are just riding this out and we're going to get through this together. mike: for new orleans residents who left, collin, do you want to ask them to be patient, to be cautious in terms of coming back? >> i think it's really important two things. one, patience in coming back for those that evacuated and we've been through this before and we know they can always text nolaready to 77295. and from anywhere in the country they'll get our alerts which is a great thing and then for those that are here, i want to say cautious, cautiously be patient. please. because we're at a point right now where it's not safe for emergency crews to come to you,
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jacqui: moving images from dover air force base where a couple hours ago the bodies of 13 service members returned home. their flag-draped transfer cases being greeted by the president, members of his cabinet, as we all remember the immense sacrifice that those individuals made on behalf of our country. wisconsin republican congressman and marine corps veteran joins us now, congressman mike gallagher, you're on the armed services committee in the house and you have had the ability to get briefed on where things
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stand in terms of this operation as we're winding down. i understand this retrograde period to be one of the most dangerous portions of this process. can you tell us what you've received so far at the briefings from state department, pentagon, administration officials and where things stand over the next couple of days? >> well, i think there's been a recognition that the next 48 hours leading up to the august 31st surrender date are incredibly dangerous. we have multiple threat streams, active plotting against our forces there and so we need to monitor the situation extremely closely. we have been unsuccessful in persuading the biden administration to abandon the arbitrary august 31st date until every american is out of the country and that's what really concerns me coming out of these briefings. the white house keeps pushing talking points that they think we have leverage over the
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taliban post august 31st. jake sullivan went on tv this morning and said it again. i don't know what fantasy world model u.n. conference these people are living in. because of our surrender, because of the inept at this tied of our -- ineptitude of our withdrawal, we surrendered any leverage we had. we surrendered to a jihadist terrorist organization, one that we are entirely dependent upon now for security around the airport. and to trust them, to put all of our hopes on the largees of the taliban is a terrible plan. i don't think the president and his advisors have any conception of what is the taliban's interest. it's in -- these people don't want an invite to davos. it's in our interest to make the surrender as painful and humiliating as possible and to take american hostages, sell them to al-qaida or iran and use this to bring us to our knees in the future.
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no amount of sternly worded statements from the international community can create leverage. what creates leverage is power on the ground and they have it because we surrendered it to them. jacqui: real quick, we're running out of time. the fate of the kabul airport really up in the air. what do you see coming next? >> well, i hope we don't see another attack and after we get out and we retrograde u.s. forces, hopefully peacefully, no mother of a united states marine wants to get a call in the middle of the night. let's pray sincerely for the welfare of our troops. i anticipate total chaos at the airport. again, we're leaving thousands of our allies behind, effectively condemning them to death and i don't have any hope that the taliban will abide by whatever fake assurances they've given us. jacqui: congressman mike gallagher, really appreciate your time. hope to continue this conversation again soon. we've run out of time. >> thank you. mike: very difficult two hours, that's all for us this hour.
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fox news live continues with eric shawn and arrest they'll neville. i'm -- arthel neville. i'm mike emanuel. jacqui: i'm jacqui heinrich. thank you so much for watching. ♪ arthel: this is a fox news alert and our continuing coverage of hurricane ida, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the u.s. is now pummeling louisiana, after making landfall two hours ago, we are standing by for a live update by the way from president biden who is visiting fema headquarters in washington, also louisiana governor john bel edwards is also expected to give a briefing from baton rouge. you're looking at live pictures there in the french quarter where you can debris on the streets there on south peters. we are going to cover both of those events for you. meanwhile,

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