Hurricane Ida has hit Lousiana hard; there are currently more than one million people in the state without electricity. The category four hurricane struck the southeast of the state on Sunday and has now gone down slightly in speed.
However, extremely high winds near 50 miles per hour are still ravaging the state, and flooding has led to very dangerous situations. So far, one death is reported from an individual hit by a falling tree; although, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said he expects there will, unfortunately, be many more deaths.
Major Disaster is Declared
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has declared a Major Disaster, pumping federal funds toward the hard-hit state. Ida has caused massive flooding in New Orleans and various parts of Louisiana; it also caused very high water levels in the south of Mississippi and Alabama.
Levees were built after Hurricane Katrina that should help even worse flooding to not occur; yet, everyone who lives around this area was still ordered to leave ahead of the storm’s arrival.
Very high rain levels are forecast in the coming days, including for the Tennessee Valley and the south of the Appalachians; it’s not yet clear when power will be back for many people in Louisiana or parts of Mississippi and Alabama which have also been impacted.
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Working to Get Power Back On
Crews are working hard to get power back on in places like New Orleans, and generators are also running in various areas of the city. Winds reached 150 miles an hour when Ida first landed yesterday, and areas like Baton Rouge are also heavily affected. Jefferson and Orleans parish have been especially badly hit for power and property damage.
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Power lines that have broken and are down can kill you. Anyone who sees a downed power line should call the power authority at 1-800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243). In addition, people should exercise high awareness of the dangers and not walk around in water if possible.
There can be submerged electric lines that will electrocute and kill you if you touch them by mistake while walking. Hurricane Ida is now a tropical storm and has moved away from its initial landfall site.
However, the aftereffects of this will be felt for weeks; Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabama residents need to do all they can to stay safe and support each other during this dangerous time.
Thankfully, some protection measures were put in place after Hurricane Katrina; however, there is still a huge chance of more deaths from electrocution, drowning, and exposure to the elements.
Emergency crews and citizens need all the help they can get as they work together to survive this rough time in the South which has already dealt with a lot of severe weather events in the past couple of years.