The entire city of New Orleans was without power Monday morning thanks to Hurricane Ida. The weather system is now over Mississippi, having been downgraded to a tropical storm 16 hours after making landfall in Louisiana, reports the AP. Despite the downgrade, storm surges, winds, and heavy rain pose a serious threat in multiple states along its path over the next few days, per the Washington Post. Details:
- All of Orleans Parish lost power hours after the storm made landfall, and it was unclear how long it would be out, reports the Times-Picayune. Three other parishes in the southeastern part of the state were in the dark, as were parts of Mississippi. In all, more than 1 million were without power.
- Louisiana reported its first storm-related fatality Sunday evening. "Shortly after 8:30pm deputies received reports of a citizen possibly injured from a fallen tree at a residence off of Highway 621 in Prairieville," the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office announced. "Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim is now deceased." The victim was a 60-year-old man, NBC News reports. Prairieville is a suburb of Baton Rouge.
- Ida blew roofs off houses, caused flooding, sent a loose barge into a bridge, put several Louisiana parishes under a boil water advisory, and even reversed the flow of the Mississippi River. The full scope of damage won't be known until later Monday.
- While catastrophic damage was reported in spots, NBC News takes a look at why Ida wasn't nearly as devastating as Katrina here. The Weather Channel, meanwhile, has more on the storm's path and what else is expected in the region.
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