NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Hundreds of boats and helicopters rescued rescuers stranded in floodwaters, and utility crews arrived on the shores of Ida Louisiana on Monday in a fierce hurricane and smashed a sticky, electrical grid late in the summer. Heat.
One of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the American mainland to date turned into an overnight tropical storm and swept across Mississippi with torrential rain and strong winds, the threat is far from over.
Ida was convicted of at least one death – someone crashed into a tree outside Baton Rouge. But as many roads became inaccessible and cellphone service was disrupted in some places, the full extent of his anger was still being noticed.
Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for Governor John Bell Edwards, said that given the level of destruction, “we have a lot more deaths to be confirmed.”
The governor’s office said the damage to the power grid appeared to be “catastrophic.” And officials warned that it could take weeks for the power to be fully restored.
Edwards said, “For the most part, all of our levels performed extremely well – especially the federal levies – but at the end of the day, the storm, the rain, the wind all had a devastating effect.” “We have suffered huge losses of homes and businesses.”
All electricity in New Orleans went out around sunset on Sunday
When the day dawned, the roads were littered with tree branches and some roads were blocked. While it was still early, city officials feared there was no immediate report of a catastrophic flood.
“I had a very bad night,” said Chris Kins Tokins, who was at his New Orleans home when he heard “Kaboom” and all the sheets in the living room fell into the house. After a while, the entire side of the living room fell on his neighbor’s driveway.
“Fortunately, the whole thing didn’t fall apart. It would have cost us our lives, ”he said.
The suffering of many is not over. Stephanie Blaze returned home with her father after leaving New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. He just lost some appreciation. But she did not plan to stay long as there was no electricity and no idea when the power would be restored.
“We don’t have to go through this. I’m going to persuade him to leave. We want to go somewhere. Can’t stay in this heat, ”she said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said four hospitals in Louisiana were damaged and 39 medical facilities were operating on generator power. Officials said they were moving several patients to other cities.
As of Monday morning, more than 2,200 refugees have been stranded in 41 shelters, the governor’s office said, adding that the number is likely to rise as people are evacuated or evacuated from flooded homes. Stephens said the state would work to move people to the hotel as soon as possible so that they could keep their distance from each other.
“It’s a covid nightmare,” she added: “We guess we can see some covid spikes related to this.”
The interstate between New Orleans and Baton Rouge was closed due to flooding on the main east-west route on the 10-bay shore, with 4 feet of water at one point, officials said.
Preliminary measurements showed at least 15.7 inches of rain in Slide, Louisiana, and about 14 inches in New Orleans, according to forecasters. Louisiana and other parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida received 5 to 11 inches of rain.
Amidst the maze of rivers and bays around the New Orleans area, people crawled back onto their attics or roofs and posted their addresses on social media with instructions from search-and-rescue teams on where to find them.
The Louisiana National Guard said it mobilized 4,900 guards and deployed 1,195 high-altitude vehicles, 3 rescue boats and 34 helicopters. Local and state organizations were adding hundreds more.
Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans knew 500 people who said they would live in flooded areas and began sending dozens of boats, Diano Bono, a member of the parish council, told WWL-TV.
More than a million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power, according to PowerUutage.US, which tracks outages across the country. This left them without air conditioning and refrigeration on summer dog days, with high forecasts in the mid-80s on Monday, climbing to almost 90 by Wednesday.
The hurricane twisted and collapsed a huge tower carrying the main transmission lines to the New Orleans area on the Mississippi River, causing extensive disruption, Enterage and local officials said. The power company said more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines, including 216 substations, were out of service.
The storm also flattened utility poles and brought trees to power lines.
Diana Rodriguez, CEO of Enterprise New Orleans, told WWL-TV, “We don’t know the disadvantage is that we can get up quickly.
The governor said Sunday that 30,000 utility workers were in the state to restore power supplies.
AT&T’s phone system was shut down throughout southeastern Louisiana. Many used walkie-talkies. Employees in the governor’s office did not have working phones.
Those who went out struggled to check on those who did not leave. Charchie Chaffold left her home near Laplace, Louisiana, after a tree fell on her place on Sunday. She stayed behind and tried to contact five members of the family.
She last heard from them on Sunday night. He was in the attic after the water flooded his house. Chaffold tried to send the text, but did not know if their phones were dead or the service was down.
“They told me they thought they were going to die, I told them they weren’t and called for help,” Chaffold said.
Further south, emergency officials had not heard from the Grand Isle since Sunday afternoon. Cynthia Lee Sheng, president of Jefferson Parish, told NBC that about 40 people lived on Barrier Island, which was hit by the hurricane and flooded by sea water.
It was built for the fifth-strongest cyclone ever to hit the mainland with winds of 150 miles per hour (230 km per hour). On Monday morning its winds were 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour).
In the northeast corner of Mississippi, the entire area was flooded and many roads were inaccessible.
Ida was expected to pick up speed Monday night before rain fell on the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys on Tuesday night, the Appalachian Mountains region on Wednesday and the country’s capital on Thursday.
Forecasters said sudden flooding and mudslides were possible on the way to Ida before taking off into the seas of New England on Friday.
Associated Press author J. Reeves at Gulfport, Mississippi; Emily Wagster Pettus of Jackson, Mississippi; Seth Borenstein of Washington, Maryland; Michael Byseker in Washington; Sudhin Thanawala in Atlanta; And Jeffrey Collins of Columbia, South Carolina. Contributed to this report.