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Hurricane Ida leaves Louisiana in Ruins; moves up to Mississippi as a Tropical Storm

When Hurricane Ida made landfall in New Orleans on Sunday, September 29, it was officially a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds up to 150 mph. With it came reported downed power lines, levee failures and flooding, along with collapsed buildings and residents being trapped on rooftops. Currently, more than 1 million households are without power. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm by Monday evening, and Ida is now in Mississippi; however, flooding from storm surges will continue to through Monday in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi; furthermore, flooding might be possible in portions of Tennessee and Ohio valleys and mid-Atlantic through Wednesday.

In the meantime, New Orleans is reeling from the damage of Ida, which arrived on the anniversary date of Katrina, which devastated the city in 2005. The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards stated that death toll resulting from Ida is expected to rise as search-and-rescue efforts begin. The Louisiana State Police also warned that it was not yet sure of the full extent of the damage quite yet.

In fact, the governor has reached out and told the Louisiana residents to take precautions in their return; in fact, the governor has suggested against returning, saying, “stay where you are.”

Many folks living near New Orleans have also seen devastation. Houma, LA experienced the devastation of being in the hurricane’s eye, with many household impacted by the devastation of the storm.

Ida continues its move up north towards the mid-Atlantic. Its current path is towards Washington D.C.


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