Houses have been flooded to the ceiling and boats washed onto roads as a deadly hurricane hit the US city of New Orleans.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already left the city to escape hurricane Katrina.
Nine thousand people who couldn't leave have taken shelter in an American football stadium.
But the wind, reaching 145 miles an hour (233 km an hour), has ripped away pieces of the roof.
Howling gales and driving rain blew out windows, tore off roof tiles and completely flooded some homes.
Correspondents in the city say winds are building as walls of water run down the skyscrapers like waterfalls.
Many buildings have been boarded up and sand bags stacked in doorways as horizontal rain lashes the city.
The storm is likely to cause flooding as New Orleans is two metres below sea level.
Katrina struck about 11am on Monday morning.
However it changed direction slighty before hitting land, providing some hope that the worst part of the storm may miss the city.
People living in Mississippi and Alabama are also preparing for the hurricane, which has already killed nine people, and caused lots of damage in south Florida.