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All of New Orleans Loses Power as Ida Rolls Through

Power is out as hurricane is downgraded to a tropical storm
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2021 12:00 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2021 6:49 AM CDT
Hurricane Ida Knocks Out Power for All of New Orleans
A wall of rain moves over downtown New Orleans before the arrival of Hurricane Ida on Sunday, August 29, 2021.   (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

(Newser) – 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.

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  • 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.
(Read more Hurricane Ida stories.)

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