January 29, 2023

Hurricane Ida plunges New Orleans into darkness in Louisiana floods

New Orleans, Aug. 30 – Hurricane Ida makes landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, wreaking havoc in Louisiana, causing widespread flooding and uprooting of trees and poles, leaving New Orleans in darkness.

The National Hurricane Center said there was a possibility of “life-threatening” flooding as the storm receded into western Mississippi early Monday morning.

On Sunday night, the sheriff’s office in Ascension Parish announced the first known death to the United States from the storm, when a 60-year-old man fell from a tree near the state capital, Baton Rouge.

The first major hurricane to hit the United States this year, Port Forsyth, the epicenter of the Gulf Coast oil industry, made landfall at noon on Sunday with Typhoon Type 4 hurricane up to 150 mph (240 km / h).

Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst and deadliest hurricanes on record, came 16 years after it hit the Gulf Coast, and the last Typhoon 4 hurricane, Laura Louisiana.

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a major disaster in the state, ordering federal aid to boost recovery efforts in two dozen storm-affected churches. The full extent of the storm damage could be seen during the day.

Louisiana has already gone ashore as Ida as the state’s health system has been plagued by a resurgence of Govt-19 infections, with an estimated 2,450 Govt-19 patients hospitalized across the state, many in intensive care units.

The state health department confirmed to Reuters that the generator power loss at Thebodox Regional Health Organization Hospital in Loforshaw Parish, southwest of New Orleans, helped medical workers manually when the respirator moved patients to another site.

Within 12 hours of the landslide, Ida weakened to Type 1 hurricane on a five-level Sapphire-Simpson scale, passing through Louisiana’s largest city, New Orleans, with winds of up to 85 miles per hour (135 km / h). Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Ida plowed a devastating path that submerged much of the state’s coastline to several feet high, with flash floods reported by the National Hurricane Center across southeastern Louisiana.

Almost all marine bay oil production was Suspended Prior to the storm, major ports off the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi were not shipped.

Women walk in the rain as Hurricane Ida crosses the coast of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29, 2021. REUTERS / Marco Bello

Broad expressions

Power was cut off Sunday night across the New Orleans metropolitan area following the breakdown of all eight transmission lines supplying power to the city.

Jefferson Parish Emergency Management said a transmission tower collapsed on the Mississippi River.

According to the watchdog Poweroutage.US, more than 1 million Louisiana homes and businesses were without electricity until Sunday night.

Residents in the most vulnerable coastal areas were ordered to evacuate a few days before the storm. Those who rode the storm into their homes in New Orleans faced an even more difficult test Great updates for a levy system It was built in the wake of the 2005 catastrophe from Hurricane Katrina that killed about 1800 lives.

“I was almost in a panic when the news broke that it was Katrina’s anniversary,” said Janet Rucker, a New Orleans lifelong and recently retired sales manager, who took refuge at the Downtown Downtown Hotel. “It’s not good for our nerves and our souls.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the newly fortified New Orleans barricades were expected to be maintained, although they said floodwaters could be breached in some areas.

Hundreds of miles of new barriers were built around New Orleans, flooding much of the downtown city from Katrina, especially the historic black areas.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 6 places (1.8 m) off the coast of Hurricane Ida. Videos posted on social media showed storm surges turning parts of Highway 90 off the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi into a river.

“We are as prepared as we can be, but we are concerned about those dams,” said Kirk Lebine, head of the Parchmines Parish, and one of the most vulnerable areas on the Gulf Coast.

The church later issued a warning on Facebook asking residents in the area to search for higher ground following the excess terrain.

Devika Krishna Kumar’s report in New Orleans; Reported by Jessica Resnick-Alt and Jonathan Allen in New York, Erwin Seba in Houston, Rich McKay, Laura Sanikola in Atlanta, Linda Cho and Trevor Hunnigat in Washington, Liz Hampton in Denver and Urban Varghese and Kanishka in Bangalore. Written by Steve Gorman; Editing by Richard Bull

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