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Hurricane Ida Causes Devastation Across Louisiana

Hurricane Ida Causes Devastation Across Louisiana

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Hurricane Ida Leaves Destruction in Louisiana

Tens of thousands of people are left without power following a night of wind, rain, and thunder across the Gulf Coast. Many parts of the state were flooded by heavy rains, with some areas receiving as much as ten inches overnight. A tree fell onto a house in New Orleans East killing two women and injuring three children. The winds caused considerable damage across Louisiana.

Thousands of people were left without power as winds tore off roof tiles and felled trees. More than 100,000 homes and businesses lost power as winds gusting to nearly 55 mph struck southeastern parishes. Over a million homes were without electricity Sunday morning after a night of fierce wind.

“We didn’t have another Katrina and that is something that we should be grateful for. However, the impact is absolutely significant,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told a news conference.

City officials vowed to comb every neighborhood block by block to assess the damage and aid the afflicted, seeking to reassure a majority Black city that felt abandoned by the U.S. government after Katrina.

“No one will be left out,” Cantrell said.

President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the state, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) sent 3,600 of its personnel and 3.4 million meals to the storm-devastated area.

A helicopter on a fly-over found people on Grand Isle flashing thumbs-up signs, Lopinto said.

Coast Guard aerial video showed widespread flooding on the island and significant roof damage to many homes.

The town of LaPlace, on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, also sustained damage, with homes crushed by trees or surrounded by several feet of water. People waded through floodwaters to check on their loved ones.

“The sky went black and what you could hear was a tornado,” said Madeline Brewer, 30, shortly after being rescued by the U.S. Army on Monday. “There was a whole tree that flew past.”

One transmission tower collapsed into the Mississippi River, the Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department said.

The entire New Orleans metropolitan area lost power after the failure of all eight transmission lines that deliver electricity to the city, the utility company Entergy Louisiana(ELC.N) reported.

Customers in the hardest-hit areas could experience power outages for weeks, Entergy said.

More than 1 million Louisiana electric customers and 92,000 in Mississippi remained without power, according to PowerOutage, which gathers data from U.S. utility companies.

Source: reuters.com.

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