Sunday, September 27, 1998 Published at 03:39 GMT 04:39 UK
Hurricane Georges pounds Gulf coast
The aptly named Water Street in Mobile, Alabama
An estimated 1.5 million people have already been advised to abandon their homes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama as torrential rain raises fears of flooding.
Several low-lying delta towns near New Orleans have already been submerged under water.
New Orleans escapes worst
However, New Orleans itself, which was predicted to take the brunt of the storm, now appears to have missed the worst of the devastation.
The storm centre drifted within 160km (100 miles) of New Orleans before veering off towards Mississippi. It is now expected to make landfall at Biloxi later on Monday.
Crawling along at a few kilometres an hour, Georges looks set to remain in the area at least until Wednesday, carrying hurricane force winds 72km (45 miles) from the storm's centre and tropical force winds covering a further 280km (175 miles).
As yet there are no reports of hurricane-related fatalities in the US.
Georges has been the most dangerous product of this hurricane season, but three more tropical weather systems are following close behind in the Atlantic.
However, the systems - Jeanne, Ivan and Karl - are weakening and will not pose anything like the threat of their more violent cousin.