- Hurricane Ida has left at least one dead and one million people without power in New Orleans.
- “Catastrophic” damage has been reported in large areas of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida that hit the state.
- President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana.
Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast on Sunday as one of the most powerful storms in history to make landfall in the United States, knocking out the entire city of New Orleans, ripping off roofs and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River as it advanced further down the Louisiana coast toward one of the nation’s most important industrial areas.
At least one death was attributed to the devastating hurricane. The Ascension County Police Department reported on its Facebook account that officers responded to a report of a person injured by a fallen tree at a Prairieville home. The person, in his 50s, whose identity was not provided, was pronounced dead. Prairieville is a suburb of Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana.
Hurricane Ida kills at least one
The blackout in New Orleans exposed the city’s vulnerability to flooding and left hundreds of thousands of people without air conditioning or refrigeration in the intense heat of the summer. The Category 4 storm struck on the same day that Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago, making landfall about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of the point where Katrina entered as a Category 3 meteor, it reported. AP.
Ida’s 150-mile-per-hour (230-kilometer-per-hour) winds made it the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the continental United States. Hours later, it was downgraded to Category 2 and had maximum sustained winds of 165 km / h (105 mph) as it crawled inland. His eye is located 65 kilometers (40 miles) west-northwest of New Orleans.
“It is not the storm we usually get”
Rising ocean waters broke through the barriers at Grand Isle as the meteor made landfall a short distance west of Port Fourchon. Ida made landfall for the second time about two hours later near Galliano. The hurricane was moving through the swamps of the southern tip of Louisiana, before continuing its journey towards New Orleans and Baton Rouge, an area that is home to more than 2 million people.
“It is not the storm we usually get. This is much stronger than what we usually see and honestly, if one were to draw the worst possible trajectory of a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be very similar to what we are seeing, “Governor John Bel Edwards told The Associated Press. Filed Under: Storm Ida.
Stunning videos of the damage
Louisianans woke up to a monumental storm after Ida’s winds increased in speed 72 km / h (45 mph) in a matter of five hours as the hurricane moved over some of the warmest ocean waters in the world. in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
The entire city of New Orleans was without power Sunday night, according to city officials. The city’s electric power provider Entergy confirmed that the city’s only power supply comes from generators, the city’s Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness noted via Twitter. The message included a screenshot referring to “catastrophic transmission damage.” To see the videos click HERE and HERE. Filed Under: Storm Ida.
More than a million people in New Orleans without electricity
The city relies on Entergy to supply backup electricity for the pumps used to drain water from the streets. Ida’s rainfall is expected to put the city’s drainage system to the test.
More than 1 million customers were without power in two states impacted by Ida – more than 930,000 in Louisiana and 28,000 in Mississippi, according to PowerOutage.US, a website that tracks power outages across the United States. Filed Under: Storm Ida.
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