President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency after Hurricane Ida hit the ground and caused extensive damage in Louisiana. The city of New Orleans without electricity.
- President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency after Governor John Bel Edwards requested it earlier Sunday. Thus, Louisiana receives federal aid.
- One person has died so far after the hurricane. One person has died in Louisiana County, according to the Associated Press. It may have happened as a result of a falling tree in a suburb of the state capital Baton Rouge.
- It is reported that the entirety of New Orleans and the surrounding area, which has a population of more than 380,000, is without electricity ABC. Electricity now comes exclusively from generators, according to the city’s emergency department NOLA Ready.
- The US National Hurricane Center is warning of catastrophic storms and high winds in parts of southeastern Louisiana.
- More than 838,000 Louisiana electricity consumers were affected as of 06.14, according to electric company Entergy.
- Ida has been downgraded to a strong Category 1 storm with a maximum wind speed of 152 km/h, ABC wrote Monday morning.
A Category 4 hurricane hit Port Fortune, Louisiana around 7 p.m. NST Sunday night, causing extensive damage to the state during the night.
A national emergency means that the state of Louisiana is better equipped to take care of life and health. Governor John Bel Edwards asked Biden to declare a national emergency, and it was done a few hours later.
From Louisiana now comes exciting reports of how the hurricane caused the damage. The mayor of La Forge Parish, which has a population of nearly 100,000, reports that emergency calls cannot be made to the 911 emergency number:
The New Orleans Coast Guard has dozens of reports of boats dilapidated, and small boats out of anchors.
The US National Storm Center announced Sunday morning that the hurricane will move inland in the southeastern part of Louisiana.
The local channel WDSU received a video of the wind tearing the ceiling of a hospital:
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says, according to Reuters, that Hurricane Ida may be the worst hurricane to hit the state directly since the 1850s. On Sunday, it’s been exactly 16 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and killed 1,800 people.
Here you can see photos from Sunday night:
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Hurricane and storm warnings have been issued from Louisiana to the border with Florida.
Class 4 means winds of 210-245 kilometers per hour, Duty Meteorologist Martin Granrod at the Meteorological Institute refers to VG.
– It looks like they’ll have high storms. The sea level is expected to rise by three to four meters in some places, heavy rain is expected, and a hurricane warning has been issued and they have warned of very strong winds. The meteorologist said early Sunday night that it is often wind and water that makes the situation so dangerous.
On the main roads north of the coast, there is heavy traffic, including large trucks pulling fishing boats, cars with caravans and recreational boats.
There are long queues at gas stations and car rental offices, and oil rigs have been evacuated off the coast.
The movie “Ida” doesn’t seem to have reached the same spot as “Katrina” in 2005.
– It may appear that the hurricane is now hitting a little more west of New Orleans than Hurricane Katrina, and that way it could be better for that particular city. But there is a large area that will be affected. Large parts of the Louisiana coast and inland will get a lot of wind and strong winds. Many of them have already been evacuated due to the power outage, says Granerød of the Meteorological Institute.
The meteorologist says area Ida is now on its way to hurricanes, but it’s not that strong.
– We are now in hurricane season which lasts from June to October, so hurricanes are used to here. Granrod explains that this is one of their strongest in many years.
No time to evacuate
Ida arrived very abruptly, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantell said earlier Sunday that there was no time for a full evacuation.
I asked those who had the opportunity to evacuate, while others should fortify themselves at home and prepare for long-term power outages where strong winds will likely be around ten hours.
Ida is expected to enter directly into New Orleans and then along a dense industrial hub toward inland Baton Rouge.
Aksen is a very important center for the petrochemical industry in the United States, with oil refineries, natural gas plants, and chemical products plants. There are also two nuclear power plants in the area.
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