Hurricane Ida: nearly a million homes without electricity
Here the roof of a house which flies away following the violence of the strong winds @BelonyWindy
Hurricane Ida blew so hard that it reversed the course of the Mississippi, hitting the coast of Louisiana.
New Orleans is completely without electricity. Ida made landfall on Sunday with winds of over 230 km / h, then it decreased in intensity, falling into category 3 like Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Its winds thus fell below 180 km / h.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that as search and rescue efforts get underway in the wake of Hurricane Ida, he “fully expects the death count will go up considerably throughout the day.”
“I don’t want to mislead anyone. Robust search and rescue is happening right now and I fully expect that that death count will go up considerably throughout the day, ”Edwards told MSNBC Monday.
Over 900 search and rescue personnel from 16 different states, plus the Louisiana National Guard, are on the ground assisting with the effort, which began around 3:00 a.m. this morning, Edwards said.
The governor said the storm made landfall “very much as advertised” and brought catastrophic wind and rain.
The amount of surge and rain Ida pushed into the state caused severe flooding, Edwards said. The governor said there are people still sheltering on the second floor of their homes and in attics.
Edwards said the amount of debris and standing water is making it difficult for first responders to access the hardest hit areas.
He said almost all of southeast Louisiana is without power and that all eight major transmission lines that feed electricity into the greater New Orleans area have failed.