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everybody from the white house to the meteorologist are telling people. you're hearing the emergency management people on the ground they're getting ready for it as well. our coverage of her two hurricane harvey continues. i am harris. >> it could be the most powerful hurricane to hit the u.s. in ten years. the storm is life threatening. dozens of counties under the state of disaster. live updating from the gulf coast. also, president trump firing back at a fellow republican who questioned the president's competence. now we take you to miami and the national hurricane center and michael brennan. >> good afternoon. this is mike brennan at the national hurricane center with your 2:00 p.m. central daylight time update on hurricane harvey. we have data from the hurricane hunter aircraft. it's a major hurricane. 120 miles per hour winds.
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harvey is located about 75 miles southeast of corpus christi, texas. the eye is becoming apparent. we can see the eye as it makes its approach to the middle texas coast. while harvey will make landfall in the middle texas coast late tonight, early saturday morning, bringing the core that is dangerous, major hurricane force winds on land. we're seeing sustained tropical force winds. sustained winds in the last hour of 49 miles per hour with higher wind gusts. we can see the multiple rain bands spreading on shore. over the next 12 to 24 hours, harvey will make landfall and should progress slowly inland over the middle texas coast and then basically stall out for several days. the biggest hazard that we're concerned about in the very
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short term is life threatening storm surge where from the north end of the padre island, up to sergeant, texas, we can see 6-12 feet of storm inundation. flooding above ground level. this is near and to the right of where the center of harvey crosses on land. everybody in this area should be heeding any evacuation orders they have been giving. unfortunately now conditions have begun to deteriorate. if you can get out, please try. beyond that time, harvey is going to stall and then move very, very slowly across the middle and upper texas coast, all the way through the weekend and the early portions of next week. that will lead to catastrophic rainfall flooding with tremendous rainfall totals in this red and purple area. we can see widespread rainfall totals of 15 to 25 inches over houston, galveston, corpus christi, texas, all the
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way to southwestern louisiana. within that area, we can see isolated amounts of rainfall. as much as 35 inches. 3 feet of rain. could cause some catastrophic flooding. so we're going to be dealing with a lot of water from harvey, both in terms of storm surge and rainfall the next several days. please take all appropriate precautions as the storm is beginning to intensify as it approaches the texas cote, this is mike brennan at the national hurricane center with the 2:00 p.m. central daylight update on harvey. >> that's the latest on the hurricane. we have team fox coverage. steve harrigan is live in corpus christi, texas with more on how people there are preparing for the storm. first, though, let's go to chief meteorologist rick reichmuth in the weather centered. hi, rick. >> great briefing from the national hurricane center center. they're doing incredible work. some of the points here, the hurricane strengthening now to a category three storm. all indications are is that it doesn't necessarily mean it's done strengthening.
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went to a eye wall replacement cycle. the outer eye wall is now intact and depends on if that can shrink and strengthen over the next 8 to 12 hours before it makes landfall. that remains to be seen. the storm is getting closer. doesn't really matter. often times people focus on the center of the point. the only thing that matters is the strongest winds are in the eye wall and the right quadrant gets the majority of the surge. that is going to be devastating. after that -- got the wrong map here. we're going to talk about incredible amounts of rain that fall here. he said up to 35 inches. some of our models are outputting numbers higher than that. once this storm moves in and hangs around, it will wobble one direction or the other. we can't say yet. most indications is it goes back to the south, spends time over water and that could cause
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additional strengthening before next wednesday, it moves back in across the shore. maybe again as a hurricane. not out of the question. a long duration event. if you're thinking maybe i should evacuate, this is your last chance. if you don't get out now, the roads are already flooding. we'll see many of the roads washed out, you won't get anywhere and you'll have five to six days of torrential downpours bringing four to five feet of rain that means you're stuck. so jon, this is a very serious event. i don't talk in these terms often, this is one that i'm sounding the alarm bell. this is a real one. people have to pay attention. >> the 12-foot storm surge, that water doesn't just sit there on the beach. it's going to push all the way inland and all the rivers and creeks will raise by 12 feet or so. then you try to clear out the three feet or whatever of rain they'll get on top of that, that water will have no place to go. >> it's a really good point. think about a storm surge.
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oftentimes if you have a hurricane that comes barrelling up the shore and moves on, it's gone. that energy now allows the water to drain back off of the coast. this isn't going to be that case. if this stalls maybe 50 miles inland, we're still going to have a lot of energy pulling the water on the shore. the 12 feet that piles up in here doesn't pull off the shore any time soon. because it's so slow-moving and lingers here. you have the storm surge here and the rain on top of it. places like port lavaka says 53 inches of rain the next five to six days. 53 inches of rain. that's a spot that will see the worst of the storm surge and the wind. so think if your house or structure or trees, jon, could handle maybe a wind that is 80 miles an hour or so. if you have that going on for 24 hours and it comes back in and four days later you're still dealing with winds that are 60 to 70 miles an hour and you've had days and days of rain, all
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of the structures get weakened. that's why we're going to be watching potentially things that are just completely wiped out and everything changed along this coastline. >> and we remember the images of people sitting on their roofs after hurricane katrina because they stayed inside and had to climb out on the roof for safety. >> certainly. that is possible. the one difference is that bowl of new orleans is below sea level. those were the levees that broke. couldn't get the water out. that is a different scenario. we never saw anything in new orleans that saw these kind of rainfall totals. it's a different scenario but there will be people that if you try to get to the higher level, you have to find a way to break yourself out of the roof as well. >> be careful, texas. thanks, rick. we'll check back with you. team fox coverage continues. steve harrigan is live in corpus christi, texas where steve, it is really coming down.
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>> jon, it's been raining about four hours. we're seeing sustained tropical force winds in the high 50s and some gusts at hurricane force. keep in mind, the landfall is still 7-12 hours out there. already winds strong enough to nudge you off your feet. the rain coming in sideways. the trees bending but not breaking. the terms used by officials have gotten more dramatic in the last few hours. the governor and the mayor talking about catastrophic damage and life threatening damage. going around here in corpus christi the last day or so, it's been some tough pictures to see. we've seen people in front of grocery stores, older people with their shopping cards, people trying to get fuel and flashlights. really hard times for those that decided to stay. we've seen people getting out that can get out.
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offered buses or rides to get out. at this point, when the winds start to push over, 60 miles an hour, it's time for first responders to get out there with their high profile vehicles. so it seems the decisions have been made. with that storm still a long way off, already a powerful wind here in corpus christi, john. >> and i know that it's been a dozen years since we've had a major hurricane hit the u.s. a lot of people that haven't experienced it before. maybe people in that part of texas that didn't take the warnings all that seriously. >> well, there have been mandatory evacuations for large areas in texas. galveston -- in corpus christi, where i am now, population of 300,000, it's still a voluntary evacuation. even in this tremendous weather that we see, still seeing people out driving around, all the flights have been cancelled. pretty much shut down. there's been some evacuations of
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newborn babies. there's concerns about power outage that could be anywhere from three to seven days. a few things different about this storm that may have lulled people into a false sense of security. wendt from nothing to something to something very be big in a rapid time. so that might have caught some people by surprise. the other danger is, this storm just to put it in simple terms could hang around for a while. so even if you go 100 miles inland, you could face very dangerous floods. we're seeing dramatic pictures of the wind. the wind will get worse. probably flood buildings and knock buildings and trees down. a dangerous extend over a broad swath and the flooding bigger. back to you, john. >> in galveston county, texas, a ways from where you are but feeling the effects of the storm, they have issued a tornado warning. that's one of the bad side effects that always comes with these gigantic weather system. you get the air system and speeding up and a lot of tornadoes, steve. >> that is a concern here as
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well. possible tornadoes. the real danger though is so much of this terrain is low-lying. when you talk about galveston, you talk about some of these barrier islands. often the case is, there's only one way in or out. the airports close, the emergency buses stop running. you only have one route to go in or out when the roads get flooded. the other factor to keep in mind, the worst of this will be in the dark as is so often the case. it's going to be overnight when we have potentially over 100 miles per hour winds perhaps all night long here with that storm surge. so for people that say they could be in for a terrifying and dangerous night here along the texas coast, jon. >> jon: for people that tried to do what they could to prepare, you say the supplies went quickly in the stores that had them. >> they did.
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when you go to walmart or home depot yesterday, when you go to rain supplies or flashlights or water, most cases that you saw, just empty shelves. people were buying plywood late in the evening. families and toddlers getting things out. when you walk around town, it's largely boarded up. a lot of merchants using plywood or masking tape to save their windows. it's a ghost town at this point. people that can and have the means getting out and others decided to stay put here. there's about 300,000 people here, which is just a voluntary evacuation order at this point. that decision could be controversial depending how the storm goes. >> jon: steve, good job to you and your crew for bringing the pictures. 50 miles an hour winds right
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now. think of it, the eye wall at this moment has winds over 100. twice as strong as what steve is enduring right now. it's going to get bad, very bad. continuing coverage of hurricane harvey. millions of people braces for the very worst. we're live in that monster storm's path all along the great state of texas next. your brain changes as you get older. but prevagen helps your brain with an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. the name to remember. (i wanted him to eat healthy., so i feed jake purina cat chow naturals indoor, a nutritious formula with no artificial flavors. made specifically for indoor cats. purina cat chow. nutrition to build better lives. won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan.
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>> jon: continuing coverage of the first major hurricane to hit the u.s. in more than a decade. some people in the storm's path headed to grocery stores to find shelves empty. casey stegall in galveston where there could be major flooding. casey? >> january, jon. the major of galveston had a press conference not long ago. he said they're expecting a 2 to 4 foot storm surge in this location at the opposite end of the island. a potential 8 foot storm surge. just to give you context and perspective, look out there on the beach. those wooden signs that are out there, the no swimming signs, about two hours ago when we knew we were going to be broadcasting live with you during this hour, jon, we were thinking about changing our camera position. i was going to go stand out by those wooden signs.
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well, now you can see they are starting to take on water. two hours ago when we floated this idea around and my photographer and engineer went down to the beach, the water was not up that high. so that has been our indicator. the other indicator has been what steve harrigan was talking about south of where i am. that is the mad dash of people getting out and also people buying supplies. you know, houston is not far up the road from us. grocery stores there have been pandemonium at times. bottled water, batteries, things like that are a certain commodity at this point. and then you also have a number of people who are getting out of town altogether. we've had long, long lines at the gas stations, people fuelling up tanks, putting it on top of their cars because we've seen this with previous storms. some people can get into traffic jams when you have an entire
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community exiting a city, especially those that waited until the last minute here. here's the major of what galveston had to say about what his biggest worry is. >> we've all been through a number of these. this is different. you know? most of the storms we deal with, they come across land and eight or ten hours later, they're in texarkana somewhere. this is not going anywhere. >> that is why we're seeing these bizarre forecast models showing some three feet of rain possibly in isolated areas because of what the mayor was just saying. as we know when one of these systems comes ashore, it moves inland and breaks apart. this is expected to come in and sit and dump so much rain over a period of days. in fact, 20 inches until --
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between now and wednesday is what the mayor of galveston is projecting here, john. >> given that warning from the mayor and from the hurricane center, do you get the sense there that people are listening to the storm warnings? >> i would say the majority of people are. that is always the case when we come and cover these, the majority of people take this seriously. because it is. when you hear people talking about life threatening, catastrophic events, you know, something you don't want to play with. better be safe than sorry. look at the video that we shot not long ago from this camera position of a guy we saw walking out to the beach and putting his surfboard in the water and trying to catch waves in this. we've seen people on the pier taking selfies with the waves lapping up at their feet. we were all nervous just sitting here and watching it. this is something that you don't take lightly. certainly not a game.
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so the good news is that the majority of people heed the warnings and they pay attention to the officials. you're always going to have that small segment that thinks this is fun. it's not. >> casey stegall joining us from galveston, texas. thanks, casey. galveston was the scene of the deadliest natural disaster ever to hit the united states. we'll take a look back at that hurricane and other storms that have slammed texas over the years next.
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>> jon: president trump facing his first possible natural disasters as president. he's been tweeting about hurricane harvey and offering his assistance and reminding folks to plan ahead.
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earlier he tweeted, received a briefing from the department of homeland security, fema administrator, brock long, homeland security adviser and chief of staff, john kelly. president trump also said in a tweet that he had spoken with the governors of texas and louisiana. chief white house correspondent john roberts live at the white house now. jon? >> good afternoon. i don't think there's much possible about it when it comes to a natural disaster. the president may issue a disaster declaration which allows the federal government to mobilize assets more quickly until you wait until after the event passed. the president left for camp david on his way to the helicopter giving a thumbs up and saying good luck to everybody along the gulf coast that will be dealing with this. his homeland security adviser tom bossert indicated the federal government, fema, the department of homeland security here at the white house, everybody is ready to respond to
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this. there's assets and material and food and water that have been prepositi prepositi prepositioned at a local air force base out of harm's way in terms of the wind and storm surge. that will be ready to go in a moment's notice. the white house put on notice by iowa senator chuck grassley they better heed the lessons of the past and not repeat the bush administration when they were slow to respond to hurricane katrina. i asked tom bossert if hurricane katrina was in the back of everybody's mind. here's what he told me. >> i remember writing a report to right the lessons learned. it's on my mind and all the emergency managers in our community. that experience is still in their memory. congress hear gotten better,
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allows the flexibility to deploy resources and assets in advance of an event. we will deploy the resources carefully. >> katrina is in the muscle memory of everyone involved here. they'll make sure that something like that does not happen this time around. interesting to note that bossert said there was an emergency plan in place before hurricane andrew. that fell apart. there was a post 9-11 plan that fell apart after katrina. so let's hope the third time is a charm and they got it right. the main concern for folks at the white house and fema a homeland security, that people heed the warnings and get out of harm's way. the president said i encourage everybody in the path of hurricane harvey to heed the advise and orders of local and state officials. the huge challenge for emergency response, unlike hurricane katrina, is that typically these hurricanes, jon, they blow through and then you get
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relatively good weather in the aftermath to pick up the pieces. but this is a day's long event. this could last through tuesday or wednesday, which is really going to hamper the ability of emergency management, whether it be the state or local level, to get supplies, to get electricity, to get what is needed to people. it's going to be raining cats and dogs for a long time, jon. >> jon: yeah, and with bridges potentially washed out and highways flooded, you're right. it's going to be a long week in texas. thanks, john roberts. the president was on his way to marine one today when he was asked about preparations for hurricane harvey. i want to play some of that for you right now.
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the president and his family heading off to camp david and the nearby mountains of maryland to spend the weekend. a bit of a relaxation for the first family. tense times with all of the threats underway in south texas and hurricane harvey. let's listen in. >> jon: do you have a message for the people of texas. good luck to everybody. a couple of big thumbs up from the president. again, as he and his family head to the camp david presidential retreat in the mountains of maryland. if harvey hits texas at
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hurricane strength as forecasters have predicted, it will be the first to make landfall in a decade. the national weather service reports a hurricane typically hits the gulf coast of texas every six years. the last was hurricane ike. i slammed the state as a category two hurricane in 2008 killing dozens of people. texas has a long history of dealing with these storms. trace gallagher has more. >> jon, the deadliest hurricane in u.s. history and for that matter the deadliest natural disaster in u.s. history is the galveston hurricane of 1900 that killed between 6,000 and 8,000 people. the reason the death toll was so high, back in those days forecast technology was limited and there were contradictory forecasts. the people of galveston had no idea a category four storm was bearing down until hours before it hit. the great hurricane, as it's known, packed 145 miles an hour winds and a 15 foot storm surge
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that was devastating considering the island was only eight feet above sea level. galveston has been raised to 25 feet. a similar category four hurricane hit galveston in 1915, but only 11 people died because of much improved warning system was in place. in 1961 and 1970, hurricanes carla and celia were among the strongest storm ever both packing winds above 170 miles an hour. jon? >> jon: significant storms have hit more recently as well, right? >> yeah, and one of the big concerns of hurricane harvey is the possibility of 25 to 35 inches of rain. so in 2001, tropical storm allison hit the northern texas coast and proceeded to drop 35 inches of rain in houston. allison killed 41 and caused $5 billion in damage. after katrina, hurricane reta
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came to houston as a category five storm and 180 miles per hour winds, a lot of refugees were in houston at the time and caused $10 billion in damage. you mentioned hurricane ike in 2008. that was the last storm to hit texas. not a very powerful hurricane, but it was a monster storm. >> jon: trace, thanks very much. so hurricane harvey a category three storm now as it approaches the coast of texas. the eye of the storm still about 75 miles offshore. more coverage on "shepard smith reporting" coming up.
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>> jon: a fox report now. more of today's headlines from the fox news deck. divers have found the remains of another missing sailor in a
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flooded compartment aboard the u.s.s. john mccain. days after it collided with an oil tanker near singapore. navy officials identified the sailor from connecticut. two confirmed dead, eight still missing. isis claims responsibility for a deadly attack at a mosque in afghanistan. officials in kabul said 20 people are dead. a witnesses say a gunman threw a grenade in the mosque before storming inside. the attack ended with all four suspects dead. u.s. customs agent busted a man trying to bust a tiger cub into the u.s. from mexico. investigators say they saw the cub on the suspect's floor as he entered san diego. the san diego zoo said the tiger cub is doing well. more after this.
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coast. let's check in with rick reichmuth with more. >> tornado watch in effect here. any time you have a land-falling hurricane, you end up with tornadoes. they're not huge but small tornados that can cause damage. because you have so much rain going on, you don't see them. we've been having tornado warnings along the coast. watch out for that as we move forward. the winds are getting strong. we have winds gusting to 50 miles an hour here along the padre island coast. that is only going to get worse. the eye wall down there is looking like it's strengthening. no signs of it weakening at all. the storm surge will be one of the big stories. anywhere you see the white are storm surges in excess of ten feet. because the storm doesn't move very far inland, i moved these little lines that you see on here, that's 4:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. you can see we still have the
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on-shore flow. that will keep the water in place. the storm surge to 12 feet of storm surge that is there and then you get the rain on top of it. take a look at this model, this is the european model. it's one of our favorite models for forecasting. one of the most accurate. we have a landfall tonight. we go into tomorrow. moves inland. still have a hurricane by tomorrow evening. so still hurricane force winds all around this same area. then watch what happens over the next couple days. moves back to the south. monday we still have all of this in the exact same spot. possibly moves over land and strengthens a little bit. because of that, if this model verifies, that's why the rainfall totals are looking so extreme. this model here, that we like, showing an output here of 53 inches of rain by the time we're done with this. >> jon: unbelievable numbers. thanks, rick. as i mentioned, hurricane harvey is the first time for president trump dealing with a possible
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natural disaster. everybody is going to be watching the white house closely to see how the president handles this. let's bring in "fox news sunday" anchor chris wallace. we all remember the beating that president bush took, bush 43, after hurricane katrina. this white house obviously is hoping to avoid that kind of situation. >> yeah, they are clearly very sensitive to this. they sent out one of their homeland security chiefs, tom bossert to brief the white house press earlier today. the president has been tweeting about hurricane harvey. he sent out a picture showing him meeting with top emergency personnel. they want to send out a message before the hurricane hits the coastline of texas that the president is on top of this. the key question is going to be what happens -- it's like any battle plan. it lasts until first engagement with the enemy. what happens after harvey hits the coast. as rick just mentioned, you're talking about 5 1/2 feet of
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rain. extraordinary amounts. >> meantime, the president has his own battles underway in washington with a little of members of his own party. a piece in "the washington post" suggests that he's ready to split from the gop. politically he may find that helpful to him. >> well, i'm not so sure about that. certainly seems to be a concerted strategy by the white house. it's been days where he's been going after mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader, house speaker paul ryan. today he picked a fight with bob corker, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. i can understand this better if it was late august of 2019 and just a year before the presidential election and he felt the trump brand, an independent brand, not a typical republican, he wants to separate that from republicans. but he needs these republicans in his 3 1/2 years until his
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election. he needs them in september to raise the debt limit, to fund the government, to do tax reform, to do infrastructure. if none of that gets done, he could sit there and blame republicans all he wants, they're going to get hurt in the mid-term election. if they get hurt, he gets hurt. >> jon: it's curious that he revived the fight with tennessee senator bob corker that got some press a few days ago. but then the president brought it back up again via a tweet. >> yeah that is interesting. corker made some very tough comments. he said this president -- this is in the aftermath of charlottesville -- has not had the competency to be president. those are fighting words and the president would be upset about that. he let it go and today brought it up in a tweet where he said strange comments coming from bob corker that keeps asking if i should run for re-election in
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2018. like jeff flake, these are republicans running next year. you would think the president would want to be building up incumbents for re-election, not tearing them down. >> there's the curious matter of gary cohn. he apparently took a letter of resignation to his meeting with the president. we don't know whether that was actually presented to him or whether it was rejected. but gary cohn wrote a piece in the financial times saying this white house has to do better in condemning neo-nazis and others of their ilk. >> look, gary cohn, the chief economic adviser, steve mnuchin, the treasury secretary, one were genuinely upset by comments made, the rally, the
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anti-semitic comments. they're both jewish, both came from wall street. came under pressure for their colleagues, why are you sticking around there. clearly cone was so upset that he drafted this letter of resignation. in that interview with the final times, he made it clear. when he heard the anti-semitic comments, he said the last thing i'm going to let them do is run this jew out of the government. you have to wonder was he really intending to resign, was it the price to stay to make it unclear how happy he was. for whatever, reason, the political impact of charlottesville continues to roll on two weeks later. >> chris wallace, interesting times in washington. thank you. >> you bet. >> jon: this week on "fox news sunday," chris will have more on the president's handling of
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hurricane harvey this weekend. although as has been pointed out, it will be a beyond-the-weekend event. he will also speak with rex tillerson. that's this sunday on your local fox station. check the tv listings for the time it runs in your area and also will run on the fox news channel. updating our fox top story. hurricane harvey. we're expecting a new storm track from the national hurricane center within the next few minutes. we will get the latest on the storm and its growing fury. plus a look at how the hurricane could affect your wallet no matter where you live.
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are already battering texas. chief meteorologist rick reichmuth live in the fox extreme weather center with the latest. rick? >> so many people talk about the eye and the landfall. doesn't matter. in a big storm, you get the idea here, there's high pressure off to the east of it that is nudging it this way, running into high pressure across the southwest. it's doing to win out and push it back. so it's going to move to the northwest and eventually likely backwards. that's why it's kind of going to get stuck here and bring rain for so long. i'll tell you, the satellite image, new imagery this year, if you're unaware of that, giving us a better view of this. you can see the center of the storm there. lightning in the center which indicates a strengthening storm. that's what we have with the category three now. can't rule out that it's stronger than that. a big area -- if you take where we are here in the dark red, corpus christi, all the way towards the louisiana coastline,
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this right here is about a 275 to 300 mile stretch that is going to be dealing with over a foot of rain and going inland about 125 miles. so a really large area getting over a foot of rain. that means no place for the water to go. zoom in closer. looking at the numbers. there's corpus christi. going to port lavaka. that will probably see the worst of the wind and the storm surge and maybe 53 inches of ray. i say that. hard to imagine that. that's what this model output is doing. if the storm stays farther towards that area, worse news for port lavaka and better news for louisiana. not sure there. well over a foot of rain around houston, maybe into the 20s, 30s around galveston. one other thing, going inland to san antonio. this is the break-off point. how far that storm nudges to the west is a big difference for this i-35 corridor from san antonio to austin.
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do we get a few inches of rain or up to a foot of rain. could cause problems there. it's a large swath of land that will be dealing with this. that's the rain, a big part, and we're talking so much about the rain and we have a category three storm. so winds that are going to be catastrophic. the storm surge that comes with that. the coastline here is a shallow leading up into the coast there. jon, when you have that, allows more and more water to pull up. a major storm surge there and that water will take days and days before it goes away. >> days and days to get help to the people that need it. that's a scary thing here. rick, thanks very much. >> jon: so we're getting about ten minutes away from the top of the hour. there will be another update from the national hurricane center. we'll have the latest on hurricane harvey as it builds in the gulf of mexico. a dangerous category three storm right now. and it could get worse.
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>> jon: gasoline prices already on the rise as hurricane harvey bears down on the texas coast. that's according to aaa. the dangerous storm forcing energy companies to evacuate rigs and platforms. the gulf coast is one of the largest oil and gas hubs. the feds say the hurricane has shut down more than 20% of oil production in the gulf. jeff flock live with more. so how much oil production is at risk right now, jeff? >> well, it could be worse, john. the headline is that for me. take a look at the rig map. we have one that shows you where the rigs are in the gulf. while the gulf is a huge
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producer of oil, most of them are in the eastern gulf off of least and the eastern half of texas not where the storm is headed right now. that's a positive. the latest numbers are 80 of the 700 rigs, 80 have been evacuated. if this storm sits as it's supposed to do, we could be out of production for while awhile and that drives up prices. >> jon: what are the predictions on prices? >> aaa is saying right now -- i'm at the cme in chicago where we do oil and gasoline futures. wasn't a lot of movement today. before katrina, there wasn't a lot either. aaa says when it comes to the pump, we could see spikes of 15, 25 cents a gallon depending upon the market. it lasts for a while, you know, who knows where it could go. typically these spike up and come back down once the hurricane is gone. if it sits here for a while, if
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you're in the hurricane zone, fill up. if you're not, fill up now while you can. >> jeff flock, fox business network. thank you. let's check in with michael brennan, chief hurricane specialist at the national hurricane center. we saw in your most recent update this thing is a category three storm now. what is your prediction? >> well, right now, harvey has maximum winds at 120 miles an hour. we expect it to move northwest and approach the middle texas coast tonight and make landfall in the morning. that will bring the heavy winds around the eye itself. you can see it around the coast. it will bring a storm surge of 6-12 feet above ground level and pushing along shore near the coast especially to the near and to the right of where the center crosses the coast overnight tonight. after that time, harvey will
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slow down. the track forecast through the next five days basically has it meandering around southeastern texas or very near the coast or perhaps moving offshore. dumping tremendous amounts of rain. we're going to see catastrophic rainfall event with widespread rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 inches in these dark purple areas across the houston, galveston area, corpus christi. we could see isolated totals as high as 35 inches. so from a water perspective, the rainfall and storm surge, a multiday disaster here in portions of the texas coast. >> jon: i've covered a bunch of hurricanes and i've never seen a storm that behaved quite like this one as forecast is to behave. parking right on top of the texas shore and just sitting there and dumping rain and wind on people is going to be a real hardship. >> yeah, it is. for folks that will be in areas where they might be surrounded by water, maybe people that didn't evacuate from a storm
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surge prone area, they could be stuck there for quite some time. the water won't recede. harvey will be moving slowly. there will be the slow on shore flow that will keep the water levels high. with the rain on top of that, a tremendous water problem over much of the texas coast for the next several days unfortunately. >> jon: for those that want to evacuate and have not done so yet, is it too late or should they listen to their local authorities? >> if it's safe to, but unfortunately in this part of the texas coast especially now, we're seeing sustained winds on shore. susstained winds near 50 miles per hour. wind gusts near 60 miles an hour. the water levels are coming up from the ocean. for some people, it's problem will too late to evacuate. if anybody is in a situation to get out safely and they have been asked to, they should comply. >> jon: is it possible that it hits category four before it makes landfall tonight?
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>> we don't see why there won't be more strengthening but it will run out of ocean. once the center crosses land, it won't strengthen anymore. right now, the winds are there and the storm surge is there regardless how strong the winds get in the next 6 to 12 hours. >> jon: in the last 30 seconds, what is your warning to folks on the coast? >> be prepared for a multidaday disaster from a water perspective. from here in the pink, to brownsville, the bolivar peninsula, if you have been told to evacuate and you can do so, please do that. be prepared for the life threatening rainfall coming the next several days. >> jon: thanks, michael brennan, from the national hurricane center. appreciate you spending time with us today. so again, huge amounts of rain expected along with the landfall of hurricane harvey later this night. that could wash out roads, wash out bridges. it could be wednesday they're
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saying before this storm disappears and heads off from texas. so as many as three feet of rain could be falling on that part of texas. i'm jon scott in for shepard smith. "your world" with neil cavuto is next. >> neil: get out, now. the window is closing fast. welcome, everybody, i'm neil cavuto. and a rough your world" in the gulf of mexico. alain duke, both briefing the president this weekend, they are both joining us in a moment. first, fox news channel steve harrigan in corpus christi, texas, where things have picked up considerably. steve, what's the latest? >> we are getting the outer bands of the storm here and still about 75 miles off of the coast here at corpus christi moving 10 miles an hour. so the real heart of the storm's are still out the,

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