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- One person has been confirmed dead in Ida, but authorities expect the death toll to rise.
- The storm landed in a tropical recession on Monday evening, with winds reaching a maximum of 35 miles per hour.
- Louisiana’s largest electricity supplier, Entergy, It says its transmission system suffered “catastrophic damage”.
- Hurricane Ida was stronger than Katrina when the landfall occurred on Sunday, but levels around New Orleans were better than 16 years ago, officials said.
People woke up across the Gulf Coast Destruction caused by Ida, Which was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit Louisiana on Sunday.
As of Monday morning, Ida continued to move north, with strong winds, torrential rain and the threat of hurricanes in parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Early in the evening, the storm descended into tropical depression as it carried winds of a maximum of 35 miles per hour in Mississippi. When Ida landed, his winds were 150 miles per hour.
The storm knocked down trees and power lines, leaving millions without power. In Louisiana alone, more than 1 million customers were without electricity on Monday night, According to the PowerOutage.US site. That includes the entire city of New Orleans – slowing search and rescue efforts. Orleans Parish 911 Emergency Call Center Experienced service disconnected.
Officials said New Orleans was better prepared for a major storm than it was in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the coastal city.
Still, they are striving for a long recovery from what Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards called “one of the strongest storms to landfall in modern times.”
The death toll is expected to rise
At least one person has been reported dead in Ida, but officials said Monday they expect the death toll to rise throughout the day.
Edwards, in NBC interviews Today On Monday, he said the death toll would rise “significantly”.
“I don’t want to tell you what I’m hearing, because it shows a lot more than what I’m hearing. They haven’t been confirmed yet and I don’t really want to go there,” the governor said.
Some parts of Louisiana were under mandatory evacuation orders, but officials said not everyone was able to get out before Ida arrived.
The recovery is just beginning. This can take weeks
Louisiana 1,600 workers deployed Search and rescue operations were carried out on Monday as the storm eased in some parts of the state.
Louisiana State Police Dangerous situation reported And roads were blocked and officials told residents to avoid traveling.
In some areas, it may be more than a month before the power is restored.
Jefferson Parish Director of Emergency Management Joe Valiant told NPR It will take at least six weeks to restore power to large parts of Louisiana’s coast.
“The damage is incredible,” Valente said. “There are about 10 counties where the electrical grid has completely collapsed and broken, broken, leaked – but you have to keep it.”
Antarctica, Louisiana’s largest electricity supplier, says its transmission system suffered “catastrophic damage.” The company is still assessing the loss of its network, said Rod West, group chairman of Utility Operations.
“It’s special [storm] Its intensity and its proximity to the metropolitan New Orleans area had a significant impact, ”West said All things considered.
He said it takes a few days to assess the full extent of the damage.
The company is prioritizing hospital, police and fire department and assistant accommodation facilities, but a “lion’s share” of customers could be a few weeks before returning online, he said.
Comparison with Katrina
Ida immediately compared it to Hurricane Katrina, which entered New Orleans 16 years ago and brought devastating flooding throughout the city.
Edwards said the levy system, which failed to cross the floodwaters during Katrina, performed better this time around.
“The situation in New Orleans will be as bad as it is today without power,” Edwards said. Today Show. “You just have to go back 16 years and you’ll get a glimpse of that kind.”
Yet others feared that Ida’s consequences could overtake that historic storm in terms of damage.
“It’s going to be even worse for the area where I work, because Katrina took a turn and it hit in the direction of Mississippi,” said Marcel Rodriguez, Jean Lafitt’s city police chief. Told WWNO on Sunday. “I know New Orleans was hampered by that levy failure. But the truth is that the winds weren’t like that.”
Jean Lafitte is in Jefferson Parish, about 30 minutes south of New Orleans.
Rodriguez continued, “I’m 70. I grew up there and I have never seen anything like it.” “It’s going to be a nightmare.”
Ida is not finished yet
Flash flooding will continue with dangerous storm surge conditions in parts of the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, According to the National Weather Service.
Some parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana will continue to experience rain and high winds from Monday evening to Tuesday morning.
As Ida moves north, the Tennessee and Ohio valleys, the Central and Southern Appalachian, and the Mid-Atlantic Expect torrential rain and flooding Until Wednesday.
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