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breaking news here as we edge towards the 8:00 hour on this saturday morning. so grateful to have your company. i'm christi paul. >> and i'm martin savidge. spirit airlines is joining delta in canceling their flights in and out of new orleans airport today as tropical storm barry intensifies and moves closer to the gulf coast. but the rain is already coming down. over a foot could fall in some areas with storm surge rising as high as 6 feet, some highways are already swamped and the numbers keep going up, over 60,000 customers now have lost power. >> take a look at some of the pictures that are coming in. floodgates are closed, all of them. and several emergency preparedness officials are warning of possible tornadoes. mississippi's governor has joined louisiana's now in declaring a state of emergency. we begin our live coverage with
erica hill who is live in la fayette, louisiana. and i know that this storm is supposed to hit just south of where you are. so what are you experiencing at the moment? i know that it has been on again/off again for you. >> reporter: yeah, so far this morning that is what we've been seeing. on again/off again. it is a little quieter now. the rain and winds not very strong because it is such a slow moving storm. but you can definitely sense that it is coming. we also just got the latest update from the national hurricane center and for more, i want to turn to allison chinchar who has those latest details for us. >> that's right, just coming in, it has increased even more from where it was. winds now up to 70 miles an hour. keep in mind four miles per hour per more would make it a category 1 hurricane. so we're very close, just not there. the question is, will we get there before it makes landfall. national hurricane center saying
yes, there is still time for this to increase to a category 1 hurricane. how much time? well, actually quite a bit. the storm is still 50 miles offshore. and it is only moving at 5 miles per hour per hour. that puts landfall maybe perhaps just under the next ten hours. so in those next several hours, that will be the key, can it absorb that warm water that is beneath it in the gulf of mexico allowing to intensify more. hurricane hunters are out. they have picked up the measured wind of around 72 miles an hour. so give or take, that is why you've seen the winds being up to 70 miles per hour for this particular storm. the track, still maintains its original thing. we expect landfall today across louisiana, and then it will continue further north from there. rain is still going to be the main concern with this storm. and i want to emphasize to people who perhaps live in louisiana, mississippi or alabama and say we really haven't had that much rain yet though. this isn't a big storm.
the bulk of the rain with this particular tropical storm is south based, meaning the southern half of the storm. you have yet to see the heaviest rainfall with this particular storm. it will really start to ramp up after the storm makes its landfall. you will have some outer bands out ahead of time. but at landfall, you will start to see severe storms and heavy rain. we've already had a tornado warning so far this morning, but more are likely to come. widespread amounts of rain of 5 to 10 inches, not just in louisiana, but across portions of arkansas, mississippi, tennessee. but there are going to be some spots where you see the pink color that could pick up over a foot of rain. and that pink color extends as far north into tennessee. so again, this is not just going to be a localized problem for folks along the gulf. the other concern, the rivers. there are three rivers that run in and around the city of baton rouge, and all three are
expected to get to major flood stage. one of them expected to break its all-time record crest of 34.5 feet. but that will be days from now because that is a delayed effect especially as slow moving as this system is. severe weather is also going to be a concern here too, erica, especially where you see the yellow cover here. damaging winds, large hail and, yes, tornadoes. we've already had one tornado warning so far this morning, but the bulk of that convection or the bulk of those severe storms have really yet to arrive. so we do expect multiple more tornado warnings as we go through the rest of today. >> we'll be watching for those as well. in terms of that update that we got at 8:00 a.m., we also know that the storm is now 50 miles west/southwest of morgan city. and that is where natasha chen is. morgan city is in st. mary's parish which is an area of
significance because there is so much concern about flooding and the conditions that are frankly ripe for significant flooding. >> reporter: yeah, they brought in about 60 members of the national guard to help them out. all the police are on double shifts. we just saw a patrol cargo by and one of the high water vehicles also driving by just to check on things right now. and of course as you've been talking about, the rain is expected to come a little bit later, but right now, we are getting a lot of those tropical storm wind gusts at the moment. you can see that the flooding is happening already with the river. it has been this way for quite some time. so they are concerned about adding water from the rainfall on top of this. this is an area where people are supposed to be walking about by the seawall, you can see some benches over there and trash cans submerged in the water. and we are at the top of a stairwell where the bottom steps, they are covered in the water at the moment. so yes, flooding is a concern.
if this rain comes all at once in con isn't traited way, the mayor says the streets will all be flooded. but they did bring in extra pumps yesterday for a total of seven that they think will do the trick as long as there is long enough of a break in between these waves of these rain bands. so that is what we're hoping for, breaks in between the heavy rain. don't know if we'll get it though. >> we'll keep our fingers crossed. and also an update on information about just in, we are learning about a coast guard rescue, co-guard and state officistate -- guard and state officials working in that rescue. and we also talk about people evacuating, where do they go, what do theybl bring. for so many, their pets. what happens to pets during a storm? we'll talk with the head of the spca here for a better sense of
how they are handling it. so that is coming up a bit later in the hour. >> such an important issue to many people. one of the reasons they don't evacuate. >> people have stayed just because they want to take care of their pets, you're right. erica, thank you. some of the other news now. we're about 24 hours away from president trump's immigration raids that are taking place in nine different cities starting tomorrow morning. hundreds of people are protesting now. the president said thousands of immigrant families are on edge and we'll talk more about that. did you know the first ingredient in this clif bar is brown rice syrup? which is just another name for sugar. this kind bar's first ingredient is almonds. which is just another name for... almonds. look inside this kind wrapper and you'll see wholesome ingredients like heart healthy nuts. with the taste of delicious dark chocolate. and only 5 grams of sugar... that's 75% less sugar
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prevagen has been shown in clinical trials to improve short-term memory. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. president trump scored a victory in the courts. the department of justice can give preference to certain u.s. cities that would use grant money on illegal immigration. a panel of judges that the doj did not pressure an applicant to cooperate on immigration matters, rather they only encouraged participation. >> it all stems from a lawsuit from the city of los angeles and it claimed the city did not receive funding from a grant program after it chose to focus on building trust between communities and law enforcement agencies with no mention of illegal immigration because of its policy as a sanctuary city. sarah westwood, a big win for the president. and it is a win in a court he hasn't seen many in. so how is the white house
reacting? >> reporter: that's right, the white house taking a victory lap on this rare win in the ninth circuit court of the appeals which the president says is left leaning. this court ruling that the department of justice is within its rights to withhold money from this discretionary grant from cities that are refusing to corporate with federal immigration authorities. the white house praising this decision in a statement saying in part this reverses a lawless decision that enabled sanctuary city policies, the initial injunction overturned by the ninth circuit, also saying that they are happy money will no longer be going to what they called an open assault on law abiding people. now, the city of los angeles had sued the trump administration over the $3 million they did not get from this community policing grant arguing that this withholding of the money was an indiafringement on its ability make its open rules. but the court sided with the
trump administration which argue that had cooperation was just one of several areas of criteria that the justice department judged these various cities on when deciding when to hand out these grants. keep in mind the ruling is taking place against the backdrop of these upcoming immigration raids, some of them in sanctuary cities that have promised not cooperate with federal authorities. >> definitely on the minds of many. sarah westwood, thank you. protests breaking out overnig overnight across the country protesting the order for the raids on migrant families. >> we must stop this now. the time is now. we cannot wait for another death at our border, we cannot wait for another death at the detention center. >> you could imagine this morning thousands of families are on edge as those raids are set to begin tomorrow. >> they are targeting nine cities. u.s. official says they are
focusing on families who already have court ordered to be removed. while the trump administration and i.c.e. say they are focusing on those who, quote, pose a threat, you thousands ou thousa fear ahead of these raids. here is sara sidner. >> reporter: this undocumented father says he has never felt this much stress and fear in his 15 years living and working in the united states. what did you think when you heard that the raids would be happening again? >> translator: it is very stressful, and you have disease that is killing you like cancer, something that makes you feel desperation. >> reporter: fear and desperation are exploding in immigrant communities across the country after the trump administration announced raids by immigration and customs enforcement agents set to begin this weekend. psychologically you live in fear, you live thinking that any day any moment you will get a
knock on the door, he says. he lays out his documents to show that he pays his taxes. he's worked hard as a repairman to achieve the american dream. do you think the president has achieved his goal of making people who are here undocumented want to leave? yes, he's achieved that. there are many people who don't have a choice, he says. but he knows the life he built with his wife together in california could be wiped away with a knock on the door from an i.c.e. agent. he says that he left el salvador for economic reasons after his first wife died in child birth and he could not make enough money to provide for his three children there. he entered the u.s. illegally by the rio grande in 2005, missed a court date and the court ordered his deportation. he says that is his only crime. he has been trying to remedy it through the courts which includes making scheduled visits with i.c.e. which leaves him
even more vulnerable. at his church -- >> putting myself, my church, at risk. >> reporter: his pastors make clear they are willing to face the consequences of helping the undocumented. >> this is what we need to do. we need to walk beside our vulnerable. >> reporter: their church is a member of a network of churches preparing emergency shelter for people who go into hiding in the short term and if need be indefinitely. >> we have the higher law, the law of love, passicompassion an law of god. >> reporter: the trump administration says there are about a million people that have deportation orders similar to that gentleman and that thousands that have those orders will be targets of i.c.e. but he is clear he says those folks have gone through the your additional system here and that i.c.e. agents are only following the law. sara sidner, cnn, los angeles.
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edge. >> they will target nine cities. atlanta is one of those cities. and joining us now, atlanta mayor. good morning, mayor. thank you so much for being with us. >> good morning. >> i know that you have saidmig you have rights, you are not alone. how else are you reassuring people and what are you doing, are you doing something to give them a safe space tomorrow? >> we've been putting out messaging via social media, explaining things that we ask that people do. we're asking people, if you are in fear of deportation, to stay in on sunday, to travel in groups. to the extent that someone comes to your door, please don't open the door unless they have a warrant. and just the things that you would do with anyone when you are advising them of their due process rights. but this really is unchartered territory for cities. because we don't have any
coordination. and we wouldn't coordinate in any type of roundup, but just the common courtesy of giving us a little more information on where these raids might be targeted would go a long way in helping us to prepare our public safer ofity personnel for any calls. >> so you have had no contact from federal authorities to give you at least a court test i is heads up of what to expect? >> we learned via twitter the way that we've learned other important things from this president. so there was no coordination. and it is unfortunate because we've had great coordination in the past with our federal partners to put on large events like the super bowl. and we've had a responsible relationship. but unfortunately in deals with things that quite often come from the white house, they are inexplicable and irresponsible at best. >> the president has said, and the administration has said, these raids are targeted at people who have already gone
through the process, their cases have been adjudicated and they have been ordered to leave and they have not done so. so a lot of people might look at that and say what is the harm if they are following the rule of law. and these people have actually gone through the process. >> i think when you are in a situation where we are now, where we are discussing a humanitarian crisis with separation of families, when we clearly don't have a handle on how we are detaining our immigrants who are in these deportation centers, it really makes no sense that we would n publicly and even disrupt the system even more. when we still have problems that have not been addressed. so we are by and large not talking about people with criminal or violent pasts, we are talking about people who had
deportation orders. so what is the difference in doing this today publicly creating this anxiety or waiting until we deal with the issues that we're having at the border in these detention centers. >> we've talked about this earlier in the day about how it is looked upon that this is more of a publicity stunt, maybe a means of the president trying to show he is being tough on immigration. do you think it is that? >> i absolutely think it is that. and it is at the expense of innocent families and children. and it is coming from the president of the united states which is unfortunate. when i was here last night a few weeks ago, i brought my two youngest kids with me. when i left, my 8-year-old son asked me if he was born in america. and when i reat sured him, i said of course you are, and he looked at his brother and said well was he born here? because he is afraid that our
family will be separated. so it is not just anxiety that is being created in the immigrant community, this is impacting our children. and people who have care and concern and compassion for others. and you would think that as a father, as a leader of this nation, that the president will have some care and concern and compassion and we don't see it and it is frustrating. >> i want to listen here together to a woman in this area who diaanne gallagher interviewed. she is here illegally. let's listen to what she said. >> translator: we work hard and honorably. we are not doing anything wrong. we came to this country to find a better life. and i have my children which i'm trying to raise and here we are just trying to work honorably.
>> so when we see that, and there was another woman that rosa flores talked to who has been here for 20 year, she is still here illegally, but her four children have been born here, so they are u.s. citizens. is atlanta doing anything to help the immigrant population here get legal at that time tuesday? i mean, it is more than just this isn't be happening. since the federal government and congress can't seem to come up with some sort of idea of how to fix this, i mean we've been in gridlock over these laws for 33 years in congress. it now seems to fall on cities. is the city of atlanta doing anything to thelp these people understand their rights and forward the process for them to become legal? >> so we are doing quite a bit in atlanta. we have a department entitled welcoming atlanta. and the sole responsibility is
to help the immigrant community. but the fact is that the immigration court in downtown atlanta has one of the highest deportation rates in the entire country. so while we're doing all that we can on our end, we're working against an administration who has no care and concern for our communities. >> do you know how long it takes for someone to become a legal citizen? >> i know that it is a lengthy process. it can be a lengthy process. and i think that if we allow people to go through process and allow people to at least have a chance to receive legal status, and not lock them up and literally throw away the key, then i think -- what we have to avoid is driving people underground. we have school that will be starting soon in georgia. i would imagine a lot of people in the immigrant community will
not enroll their children in school. they won't show up for work. they won't report crimes in the community. and this is completely counter to what is productive for cities and communities across the country. >> and tomorrow it begins and it will be a very anxious day in city and many others. mayor, thank you very much for joining us this morning. vice president mike pence is defending those i.c.e. de deportation rates. >> he sat down with pamela brown yesterday. he says the raids are a way to enforce u.s. laws and stem the flow of the illegal immigration. here is some of that. >> it is important to ask you about the i.c.e. raid on sunday. who exactly will agents be targeting? >> well, i can't speak about the timing -- >> the president said sunday. >> -- of the law enforcement activity. but let me say that immigrations and customs enforcement has
continuously been doing their job over the course of this administration. but the upcoming efforts are going to focus st. louisexclusi individuals who have been fully adjudicated and ordered by a judge to be deported. >> what about families? >> these will be individuals who are facing a deportation order. and the priority that homeland security and i.c.e. will be placing will be on those individuals who have also committed other crimes in this country and represent a threat to our communities. >> so not just crossing the border illegally, but other crimes? >> the focus and priority will be on individuals who have also committed other crimes. but it is very clear in my conversations with immigrations customs enforcement officials and dhs that every individual who will be appre-behi preprehe already been ordered out of the
country by a judge, facing a legal deportation order. and we expect immigrations and customs enforcement to act on deportation orders and remove people from this country that our courts have said should no longer be here. >> will families be separated? >> people will be separated from this country who our courts have ordered to be deported. >> so families could be separated? >> i want to be clear on this, pamela. the priority will be on individuals who have committed crimes in this country. people who -- members of ms-13, people who have engaged in violence acin this country in my cases. they will be moving against those individuals and deporting them under the law and under a lawful order by a judge that they be deported. that is what the american people expect us to do. we have to have border security. but we also have to have
interior enforcement. >> what happens if a child is at daycare or summer camp, the parent is arrested, is that child going home to an empty house? what will happen? >> pamela, i am very confident that the american people recognize that the way forward to deal with this crisis of illegal immigration is to enforce our laws. enforcing court ordered deportation orders is exactly what we have immigrations and customs enforcement to do. the american people expect us to secure our border. they expect us to enforce our laws. and to put the interests of americans first. we'll break away and show you something happening right now in hong kong. there were protests earlier today in which there was a confrontation with authority, sflfs p there was pepper spray.
and it is pretty clear authorities have upped their game security-wise. officers are in riot gear with their riot shields. and they appear to be bracing for what potentially could be a showdown with protesters. there had been protests that have been occurring in hong kong for weeks now. this is occurring right in the area where hong kong, the territory interfaces with the mainland. and again, we're just watching this as it develops. but it is quite clear that the posture of the authorities as changed and it looks much more serious and they appear to be much more determined when confronting these protesters. again, you are looking at these live images as it is happening. we'll have more on this after the break. i didn't have to shout out for help.
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are happening right now, take a look at this, violence clashes between hong kong police and protesters. this is near hong kong's border with mainland china. >> this caps two months of protests. they have seen as many as 2 million people march through the streets. matt rivers is joining us now from hong kong. and matt, what are you seeing? it is looking pretty tense. >> reporter: yeah, it was very tense. it has started to calm down here. but unfortunately, we saw a scene that has been often repeated over the last two months or so. protesters scuffling with police. we saw it starting late
afternoon here after the initial protest march was relatively peaceful. and what ended up happening is that the police let the protesters kind of mill about for a couple hours and as you see, let's zoom in on the police there, they are in full riot gear and they basically came in and moved out anybody who was left. a lot of the protesters had started to voluntarily leave, but these police certainly were not going to take any chances at least at this point. we saw pepper spray used earlier in the day and this is just what is going on in hong kong. really over the last two months, we've seen it consistently and today was another example of that. there will be more protests tomorrow. and they are after a number of different things. probably four or five things that really top the list. but the overall theme of all these protests has been that they are nervous about what they see as encroachment from mainland china. they do not want beijing to continue to try to take away the
democratic style freedoms that hong kong has enjoyed for decades now and that is what they fear is happening. so each protest generally last a different theme. today's theme was in this border community between hong kong and the mainland of china. but the broader theme continues. and i think that these protests will continue. they will be more tomorrow and the following weekend and you can easily see violent scenes like we saw candidate continue over the next weeks and months. >> yeah, it doesn't sound like it is dissipating too much. we can hear it behind you. thank you, matt. in other international news, two americans are among 26 people that were killed after militants attacked a popular heavily fortified hotel in southern somalia. >> it happened about 300 miles south of the capital. officials say that it started when a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives at the gate of the hotel and then gunmen forced their way inside the building and started shooting. that started the siege that
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joining us now is the ceo of the spca here in louisiana. and as we talk about how people make the decision to evacuate when it comes to pets, we know that there have been significant changes which allow for people to bring their pets. you say one of your biggest concerns though is the flooding. something like what we're seeing just learning from the coast guard, this cat having to be rely could y rescued with its humans. how do you help the first responders and handle that? >> so preparation is critical. and that is our first message to pet owners out there. before the storm impact hits, make sure that you and your pets are ready. so there are some basic things that people can do like making sure that you have on a collar on your pet, an i.d. tag, and microchip. and what is so important about the microchips is making sure that your information is current in that pet's registration. and so you can go to any
veterinarian, any animal shelter, have your petscaned. get your microchip number and call the company to make sure that your phone number is correct and accurate in case you and your pet get separated, that you can get back together. we can get you reunited. but as you said, the flood waters are really a major concern throughout south louisiana right now. and pet safety. and so making sure people are prepared, that they have a plan. and should they need to evacuate, that they can move very quickly and take their pets. so not leaving any pets behind. >> and also being able to transport those pets safely, making sure that you have a way, a carrier for a cat or masmall g or even a crate if a larger dog, those will come in handy in moments like this. >> absolutely. we always encourage people to practice putting their pet in and out of a crate so that in that moment of stress your pet
is not stressed out as well 37 and think about where can you go with your pet. a lot of hotels are pet friendly or in times of emergencies will waive their pet fees. but you need to call in advance or find out. and then a lot of the human shelters, so when the rescues begin to happen, now have, you know, federally mandated to have some kind of plan for pets. so a lot of the shelters in louisiana do have a separate holding area for pets so that people and pets can both get to safety, which is critically important. >> i know you have sparky there with you keeping you company this morning. when you are working with some of the first responder, you talk about the personal preparation for families, for people who have pets obviously, and then there is the other part in terms of first responders. is there a certain according nafgs and traaccording -- coordination and training this goes on with the spca and local
first responders? do you work with them to help them put that pet at ease and bring the pet to safety? >> absolutely. so in the city of new orleans, the louisiana spca does provide that animal rescue and response effort. and throughout the state of louisiana, there are other agencies like us that are trained and that do have that emergency certification to be able to go out and do the animal rescue, whether that is in water or whether that is on the land. and then we work very closely with those first responders. so ems, the coast guard, all those different agencies coordinating to make sure that animals that are in danger or at risk are being rescued and what is really important is that we're tracking where they are being rescued from and any information about their owner because ultimately our goal is to get pets back with people if they are separated.
we certainly know that in the past there have been lots of great volunteer efforts, but we do want to encourage people if you feel like there is a pet that is in danger, an animal in need, call the local agency that is doing the rescue work. so usually whether that is the mayor's office or the governor's office, there is usually a ko coordinating government agency to make sure that those efforts can be organized and that the pets do go back to their owners. >> it is important work. and we appreciate everything you are doing. thanks for taking some time for us. give sparky an extra scratch behind the ears for me. >> i will. and so we're in a bit of a break right now from the rain, but we know that won't last. this slow moving storm picking up intensity as we learn in the last hour. and people here really bracing for what is good is about to be day and night and into sunday.
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