Hurricane Ida Wreaks Havoc on Louisiana and Surrounding States

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the United States, knocking out the power for all of New Orleans and leaving over millions in the dark in Louisiana.

The Category 4 hurricane, Ida, hit Louisiana on the anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina that ran rampant through Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago. Hurricane Ida came to shore about 45 miles west of where Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. According to AP News, Hurricane Ida’s 150-mph winds tied the storm for fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland U.S. Hours after making landfall, the storm dropped to a category 1 tropical storm with maximum winds of 95 mph. 

The power outage that hit New Orleans is very concerning because it heightens the city’s vulnerability to flooding and it also leaves hundreds of thousands with no air conditioning and refrigeration. The city’s Entergy supplier confirmed that the only power in the city was coming from generators. Entergy is a corporation that supplies Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas electricity to its 3 million utility customers. It relies on Entergy for backup power for the pumps that remove storm water from city streets. In a quote given to The Associated Press, Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “If you had to draw up the worst possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing.” There are more than 1 million customers without power in Louisiana and over 40,000 in Mississippi, according to PowerOutage.US.

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