Hurricane Ida has moved away from southern Louisiana after blasting the state on Sunday, but it has left major destruction in its wake. Here’s a quick summary of what we know of the situation so far.
- New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell said that while Ida left major damage on the city, the worst case scenario did not happen. “We did not have another Katrina,” she said. Officials have confirmed that levees around the state were not damaged by the storm, saving the state from even more severe flooding.
- New Orlean’s biggest problem right now is the city-wide power outage that is affecting over a million residents. A major transmission tower fell into the Mississippi River Sunday night during the storm. Officials said it is unclear when power will be restored.
- Joe Biden held a public meeting with Louisiana officials and reported that the storm’s death toll, currently standing at one person, “is likely to grow”. The leaders assured the public that massive rescue efforts are underway in areas of the state that have experienced severe flooding. The National Guard in New Orleans said that over 4,900 guard members have been deployed throughout the state.
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Cellular network AT&T has reported major network outages in parts of southern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The network said that Louisiana is operating at 60% of normal capacity due to power outages from Hurricane Ida.
Cynthia Lee, the president of Jefferson Parish, said during a meeting with the White House and other local leaders that she has not been able to get in contact with Grand Isle, a coastal town south of New Orleans. Jefferson Parish sheriff Joe Lopinto said that a helicopter crew has been able to make visual contact with rescue crews on Grand Isle, who gave a thumbs up to the helicopter from the ground.
Dramatic video footage showed the severe flooding and damage seen on Grand Isle, which has a population of about 700.
Joe Biden just said in a meeting at the White House that so far there is still an official death toll of one from Hurricane Ida’s impact on Louisiana, but warned “that number is likely to grow”.
He said that the storm had had the potential “to cause massive damage”.
Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, right now in that virtual meeting with the US president, said that authorities in the area are making progress.
“We are still in lifesaving mode here, doing search and rescue,” Edwards said.
He noted that roads were clogged with fallen trees and other debris.
Biden said at least 5,000 soldiers of the National Guard from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas were deploying to help with rescue efforts and recovery.
Biden talks on impact of Hurricane Ida
Joe Biden is speaking now at the White House, where he’s meeting virtually with the Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema). He said he’d keep it brief, because officials are “busy as the devil”.
The US president is talking about providing support for those affected by the hurricane so far.
“We need people to continue to shelter in place”, he said, if that place is safe.
Biden said a million people in Louisiana are without power and “folks are dealing with flash flooding” and surges of flood waters and tides.
“It’s in moments like these that you see the power of government if they respond, that’s our job, to help you get back on your feet..and coordinating all branches of government. We are going to stand with the people of the Gulf,” Biden said. He pointed out that the people of Louisiana and neighboring Mississippi are “resilient”.
Edwards is pointing out that levees held, even if some were overtopped.
“It would be a different story altogether if any of those levee systems had failed,” Edwards said.
He added that recovery will be “a long haul”.
New Orleans mayor: "We did not have another Katrina."
In a press conference moments ago, New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell said that the impact of Hurricane Ida has been “absolutely significant” but the worst case scenario did not happen.
“We did not have another Katrina,” she said.
City officials are currently going block to block assessing the damage left in the storm’s wake.
Cantrell said that there have been some building collapses and fires, though no “massive destruction”. The main issue has been the city-wide power outage affecting residents after a major transmission tower collapsed into the Mississippi River. Cantrell said it is not safe for resident who evacuated to return to their homes, while those who are still sheltered in their homes should not leave their neighborhoods.
Cantrell along with Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards and other local officials will be meeting with the White House at 1:30 pm ET to discuss recovery efforts.
Hospitals in Louisiana were already overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients before the storm hit on Sunday. Now, hospitals are dealing with two crisis at once.
Ochsner Health, the largest hospital system in Louisiana, said in a press conference that they decided to evacuate two hospitals – one in Raceland and the other in Houma – this morning. The patients, of which there are 65 who are being transferred out, will be taken to other hospitals within the system.
“Pretty much every hospital we have had some sort of roof issue,” Warner Thomas, Ochsner CEO, said at the press conference.
Another hospital, Terrebonne General Medical in Houma, has asked Ochsner to assist in evacuating 100 patients. THe hospital reported significant room damage and water intrusion.
Dozens of rescue boats have been deployed in Louisiana to rescue trapped residents.
Jefferson Parish, a suburb of New Orleans, said it knew of 500 people who said they were going to stay in areas that have been flooded, according to the Associated Press. Boats are being sent out to anyone potentially trapped in their home by floodwaters.
Some residents have resorted to sharing their addresses on social media to signal need for help.
Thousands were ordered to evacuate over the weekend as it became clear that the storm was heading on a destructive path. Multiple evacuation shelters have been opened across the state.
The Louisiana National Guard tweeted last night that 4,900 guard members, 195 high-water vehicles, 73 rescue boats and 34 helicopters have been deployed to help with rescue operations.
Dramatic photos and videos on social media are starting to show the extent of Ida’s damage in Louisiana.
Flooding was seen in LaPlace, a town outside New Orleans, with trees and street signs completely submerged by water.
A video compiled by the Weather Channel shows security camera footage at various places taken an hour apart, showing how quickly some places have been flooded.
Cynthia Lee, president of Jefferson Parish, told CNN that “the worst case scenario seems to have happened” and that flooding in some homes is “beyond chest-high. It’s up to the top of the roof.”
Broderick Sanders, a 31 year old resident of Slidell, a city outside of New Orleans, on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain had evacuated to New Orleans on Friday.
He said he watched his home subsumed by water on a security camera live stream.
“Everything went under,” he said, sitting on the steps of a hotel in downtown New Orleans. “It was crazy watching it.”
He evacuated with his wife and one-year-old daughter, Tynara, and said he was unsure when he’d return home.
Still, said Sanders, who survived Katrina in 2005, the experience of Ira was completely different. He lost his father and uncle back in 2005.
“I feel much luckier this time,” he said.
The Karnofsky Shop, a historic New Orleans site where a Jewish immigrant family helped nurture Louis Armstrong’s love of music, collapsed when Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans yesterday.
THe Karnofsky family loaned Armstrong money for his first cornet. “Louis said it was the Karnofskys that instilled the love of singing in his heart,” John McCusker, a retired journalist, told local news station 4WWL. “The family would feed him and they would eat dinner together and they would sing to get the children to sleep.”
Multiple plans to restore the abandoned building had been made, though none came into fruition.
Hurricane Ida was a category 4 hurricane when it hit New Orleans, with gusts reaching 130 miles per hour.
New Orlean’s power provider said that a major transmission tower fell into a river due to Hurricane Ida, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
The company said “it will likely take days to determine the extent of damage to our power grid in metro New Orleans and far longer to restore electrical transmission to the region.”
I spent Sunday night locked up inside my home, near downtown. The house has been here for a century and a half and has withstood a number of major hurricanes including Katrina and Zeta last year.
The power went out around 8pm yesterday leaving us in the secure room, the room with the least windows and least external exposure (our living room) using candles and torch light.
The sound of pounding winds and swirling debris clattering into the house is not at all pleasant. Our roof also began to leak throughout the evening leaving small puddles of water around the house.
It’s tempting to look outside and try to assess the severity, but keeping the shutters closed is paramount to keeping the house as safe as possible.
This morning we walked out into our yard and found parts of the roof broken up on the concrete outside, but thankfully there was no flooding and no major structural damage.
Oliver Laughland is the Guardian’s US southern bureau chief, based in New Orleans.
Good morning, this is Lauren Aratani with the latest development on Hurricane Ida as it makes its way across the southeastern United States.
As day broke in Louisiana Monday morning, the damage of the storm is starting to become clear. Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards tweeted Monday morning advising residents to stay in place as the storm has left “many hazards”.
According to a report from the News Orleans Advocate, some patients at Thibodaux Regional Health System in Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans, had to transport Covid-19 patients to a different floor due to a partial power outage at the hospital.
Staff had to manually ventilate patients by hand, pushing air in and out their lungs through bags in lieu of mechanical ventilators. It is not clear how many patients had to be transported
Jerome Zeringue, a Louisiana state representative, said that he has been in touch with a physician who reported that generators failed in the hospital’s intensive care unit and that conditions at the hospital were “Katrinaesque”.
The state’s health department has said that generators at other hospitals are operating as expected.
- One person has died and more than one million people have been left without power, as Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US, has caused devastation across Louisiana.
- Hurricane Ida made landfall late on Sunday morning at Port Fourchon, exactly 16 years since Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic hurricane that killed more than 1,800 on the Gulf coast in 2005. The hurricane hit Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, lashing the coast with 150 mile-per-hour winds, and torrential downpours. It has since weakened to a tropical storm.
- President Joe Biden has declared the event a major disaster and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts.
- The full extent of the damage remains unclear. Overnight, residents were told to evacute from Alliance, south of New Orleans, after a levee failure was reported. Another levee failure also occurred in the Lafitte and Jean Lafitte areas, where residents were urged to immediately seek higher ground. Elsewhere, some remain trapped in attics in LePlace, which suffered severe flooding.
- Some hospitals have suffered damage to their buildings, just as they are dealing with the impact of a fourth wave of Covid.
- The energy company Entergy earlier confirmed power had been cut off across the entire of New Orleans.
- This morning, the center of Ida is expected to move further inland over southeastern Louisiana, and then move into southwestern Mississippi.
This afternoon and tonight, Ida is forecast to move over central and northeastern Mississippi, and move across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.
That’s all from me - I’m now handing over to colleagues in New York, who will bring the latest developments.
Here is Associated Press’ latest report from Louisiana:
All of New Orleans lost power right around sunset Sunday, leading to an uneasy night of pouring rain and howling winds. The weather died down shortly before dawn and people began carefully walking around neighborhoods with flashlights, dodging downed light poles, pieces of roofs and branches
Levees failed or were overtopped in the maze of rivers and bayous south of New Orleans, threatening hundreds of homes. On social media, people posted their addresses and locations — directing search and rescue teams to their attics or rooftops.
Officials promised to start the massive rescue effort as the weather broke and the sun rose.
The torrential rains mostly moved into Mississippi on Monday as the storm slowly moved north. Destructive winds and water already had a catastrophic impact along the southeast coast of Louisiana, and life-threatening river flooding continued well inland, the National Hurricane Center said.
National Weather Service’s New Orleans office has posted a long list of flooded streets. The full extent of the damage caused by Ida is only beginning to emerge as daylight returns.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, in southern Louisiana, is reporting “catastrophic damage”. Cell service and phone lines are down in many areas, including 911, it said in a statement on Twitter.
If you are able to call, emergency calls can be made to (985) 772-4810 or (985) 772-4824. We ask that you restrict calls to us to KNOWN EMERGENCIES so as not to tie up our lines.
Thousands of you have not heard from loved ones in many hours and are concerned about the welfare. We are spread out throughout the parish seeking to find anyone in need of help. If there is a KNOWN emergency, however, please call us.
Ida spent 16 hours over land as a hurricane, causing devastation across Louisiana, before finally weakening to a tropical storm at 4am CDT.
The true scale of the damage caused by Ida will only begin to become clear this morning.
Residents in LePlace are still reportedly awaiting rescue. Many sought safety on their roof tops and attics as the area was hit by heavy flooding, and took to social media to call for urgent help.
South of New Orleans, residents from Alliance were urged to immediately evacuated in the early hours, following a levee failure. Residents were offered shelter at the Belle Chasse Auditorium.
A levee failure also occured late last night at the Lafitte and Jean Lafitte area, according to the National Weather Service’s New Orleans office. More than 200 people were said to be at risk, and told to find higher ground.
More than one million customers in Louisiana and more than 100,000 customers in Mississippi will awake to power cuts, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks outages.
Ida will take a toll on the energy, chemical and shipping industries that have major hubs along the Gulf Coast, but the impact on the overall U.S. economy should be modest, reports Associated Press - so long as damage estimates don’t rise sharply and refinery shutdowns are not prolonged.
Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said the disruptions caused by Ida will likely lead him to downgrade his forecast for annual US economic growth in the current July-September quarter by a few tenths of a percentage point. But that economic loss, he said, could be reversed in the final quarter of the year as a result of the rebuilding from the hurricane’s damage that will likely follow.
Zandi said he expects the nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and services — to grow at a 6.5% annual rate in the second half of this year, matching the average growth of the first six months. Still, besides the impact of Ida, Zandi noted that the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus poses risks to the economic outlook, depending on how much it leads Americans to slow their spending on travel, restaurant meals or other forms of spending.
“The key channel for Ida to impact the broader economy is through energy prices,” Zandi said. “We will have to see how much damage occurred to production in the Gulf and how long that production will stay offline.”
A brief spike in gasoline prices could result, Zandi said, because of the production shutdowns. But he suggested that the increase in pump prices might last for only a few weeks.
“The worst-case scenario is Ida might add 10 cents to 20 cents to the price of a gallon of gas through September,” he said. “That would be consistent with what has happened in the past when we have had bad storms blow through Louisiana.”
Ida weakens into a tropical storm
The National Hurricane Center has issued its latest advisory.
Ida is now a tropical storm over Southwestern Mississippi. Dangerous storm surge, damaging winds, and flash flooding continue over portions of Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans
Ida is moving north at 8 mph (13 km/h), according to NHC. Early this morning, the center of Ida is expected to move further inland over southeastern Louisiana, and then move into southwestern Mississippi.
This afternoon and tonight, Ida is forecast to move over central and northeastern Mississippi, and move across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.
Ida is expected to weaken further over the next day or so, and to become a tropical depression by this evening.
Flash flood warnings west of New Orleans
The National Weather Service has warned of flash flood emergencies in LaPlace, Luling and Destrehan, west of New Orleans. Residents are advised to move immediately to higher ground.
All American Airlines and United Airlines outbound flights from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson, Mississippi, have been cancelled.
Fierce winds are being felt in McComb, and others areas of southwestern Mississippi. The National Weather Service has urged people not to go outside. “Power outages likely and wind damage possible,” it said on Twitter.
Disruption to power and mobile networks is making it harder to get up-to-date information.
The Emergency Communications Center for the City of New Orleans also said earlier that the 9-1-1 service is experiencing technical difficulties.
One person has died as Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US, knocked out power to all of New Orleans, reversed the flow of the Mississippi River and blew roofs off buildings across Louisiana.
The first death was reported in Prairieville, a suburb of Baton Rouge, after a tree fell on a house, said the sheriff of Ascension Parish.
Across Louisiana, more than a million households were without power, and the outage in New Orleans had left the city more vulnerable to flooding – 16 years after Hurricane Katrina caused devastation.
Hundreds of thousands of the city’s residents were without refrigeration in sweltering summer heat, and had been told to conserve water after sewage pumping stations – which have no back-up power – ground to a halt. Boil-water notices were issued in some areas.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has warned of a continued risk of tornadoes:
A loss of generator power at the Thibodaux Regional Health System hospital in Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans, forced medical workers to manually assist respirator patients with breathing while they were moved to another floor, the state Health Department told Reuters.
Lady of the Sea General Hospital, also in Lafourche Parish, near where Ida made landfall, reported extensive roof damage
It was not possible to evacuate patients from hospitals in the worst hit areas, because health facilities elsewhere are already very busy. Louisiana is currently facing a rise in Covid infections, due partly to the spread of the Delta variant and low vaccine rates. An estimated 2,450 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized across the state.
- One person has died and more than one million people have been left without power, as Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US, causes devastation across Louisiana.
- Hurrican Ida made landfall late on Sunday morning at Port Fourchon, exactly 16 years since Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic hurricane that killed more than 1,800 on the Gulf coast in 2005. The hurricane hit Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, lashing the coast with 150 mile-per-hour winds, and torrential downpours. It has since weakened to a Category 1 hurricane.
- President Joe Biden has declared the event a major disaster and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts.
- On Sunday night, more than 200 people were “in imminent danger” in the Lafitte and Jean Lafitte area, according to the National Weather Service’s New Orleans office, which said a levee was reportedly failing. It urged resident to seek higher ground immediately.
- In LePlace, which has suffered heavy flooding, residents have been posting on social media to say they urgently need help and are stuck on their roof tops and in attics.
- Several hospitals have suffered damage to their buildings, just as they are dealing with the impact of a fourth wave of Covid.
- The energy company Entergy earlier confirmed power had been cut off across the entire of New Orleans, and that it would not be restored tonight.
Hurricane Ida was so strong it reversed the flow of the Mississippi River on Sunday - an extremely rare occurrence.
“I remember, off hand, that there was some flow reversal of the Mississippi River during Hurricane Katrina, but it is extremely uncommon,” Scott Perrien, a supervising hydrologist with the USGS Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, told CNN.
“We’ve never seen one like this, it’s the worst storm in our history,” Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner Jr tells WGNO TV. A flash flood warning was issued for Lafitte earlier, after a levee was reported to be at risk of failing.
Footage taken by at locked-off camera at the eye of the hurricane at Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
New Orleans Weather Service issues a warning for areas north of Lake Pontchartrain.
Many residents in LePlace are sharing their names and addresses on social media, asking for urgent assistance. People are trapped in their attics and on their roof tops.
CBSN Dallas - Fort Worth was sent the following message from a woman who is begging for help for her stranded mother.
From Frenier Landing, on the west of Lake Pontchartrain, in LaPlace, where there is heavy flooding
More than one million customers in Louisiana are without power, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks outages.
The energy company Entergy earlier confirmed that power had been cut off across the entire of New Orleans, describing “catastrophic transmission damage”. In a statement, Entergy said power will not be restored this evening:
- As a result of Hurricane Ida’s catastrophic intensity, all eight transmission lines that deliver power into the New Orleans area are currently out of service. When this occurred, it caused a load imbalance in the area and resulted in generation in the area coming offline.
- We are currently working to assess damage and identify a path forward to restore power, to those who can take it, in the area.
- We have provided back-up generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.
- Power will not be restored this evening, but we will continue work to remedy.
Ida downgraded to a category 1 hurricane
Ida has weakened to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, according to the US National Hurricane Center latest advisory.
Ida is now located about 30 miles (50 km) east-southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 95 miles per hour (155 km per hour), the NHC said.
A levee is in danger of collapsing, according to the National Weather Service, which has said more than 200 people are in danger in the Lafitte and Jean Lafitte area in Jefferson Parish.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation,” the weather service warns, urging people to seek higher ground immediately.
New Orleans Weather Service said it has received reports of significant flooding in Laplace, which is located in St. John the Baptist Parish.
It has also warned people not to go outside, even to try to help others. “It is still too dangerous,” it said. “Yes we all want to help so badly but you will only put your life in danger as well.”
Biden declares major disaster and orders federal aid help recovery efforts
President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Louisiana and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida, the White House said on Sunday.
“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the White House said.
Several hospitals in Southern Louisiana have reported damage and disruption caused by Ida.
Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Lafourche Parish, near where Ida made landfall, reported extensive roof damage. “All patients and staff are fine at this time without injury; although, our hospital has sustained significant damage,” hospital CEO Karen Collins told Associated Press over Facebook. The hospital’s phone system was down.
Another Lafourche Parish hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, reported a partial generator failure to the state. Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for Gov. John Bel Edwards, told AP the facility “had not lost all critical power.” She said some patients were moved to another part of the facility and the state health department was working with the hospital.
Hospital wards are already dealing with a rise in Covid patient due to a fourth wave of Covid, which has been driven by the highly contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates across Louisiana.
Below is footage of a roof being torn off at the Ochsner health’s main campus.
An advisory issued by the National Hurricane Centre at 10.00pm CDT:
- Life threatening storm surge inundation will continue through tonight along portions of the coast between Burns Point, Louisiana, to Ocean Sprints, Mississippi. Overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is possible where local inundation values may be higher.
- Wind damage will occur near the core of Ida as it continues inland over southeastern Louisiana during the next few hours. Damaging winds, especially in gusts, will spread inland near the track of Ida’s center into southwestern Mississippi through early Monday. These winds will likely lead to widespread tree damage and power outages.
- Ida will continue to produce heavy rainfall tonight through Monday across southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, and southwestern Alabama, resulting in considerable to life-threatening flash and urban flooding and significant riverine flooding impacts. As Ida moves father inland, considerable flooding impacts are possible across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley, Upper Ohio Valley, Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday.
The power company Entergy has said its Waterford 3 nuclear plant, which is based in Killona, in St Charles Parish, is “stable and secure”, following an unusual event declared at 6.12pm.
Outlying buildings at Waterford 3 have “minor damage due to the storm”. The company said: “Nuclear plants are designed to withstand extreme conditions, with steel-reinforced concrete containment structures protecting the reactors and redundant safety systems.”
Though many left Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge, for safer locations ahead of Hurricane Ida, others had no choice but to stay. Associated Press has spoken to Robert Owens, 27, who hoped to leave with his wife, his mother-in-law, roommate and four pets, but was unable to pay for fuel and a hotel room.
Out of desperation, Owens went to ACE Cash Express on Saturday and submitted documents for a payday loan. He was denied, after being told he didn’t have enough credit history. By Sunday, it was clear they would be riding out the storm at home in his family’s duplex apartment.
“Our bank account is empty - we can’t afford to leave,” he said.
Owens said the majority of people in his low-income neighborhood are in the same predicament. They want to leave to protect families, but have no choice but to stay.
“A lot of us here in my neighborhood have to just hunker down and wait, not knowing how bad it’s going to get. It’s a terrifying feeling,” he said.
“There people who have funds to lean on are able to get out of here, but there’s a big chunk of people that are lower-income that don’t have a savings account to fall on,” he continued. “We’re left behind.”
First death related to Hurricane Ida
The first death related to Hurricane Ida has been reported by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. In a statement on Facebook, it said:
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. deputies received reports of a citizen possibly injured from a fallen tree at a residence off of Highway 621 in Prairieville. Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim is now deceased.
Ida is now a category 2, WWL TV reports:
St Bernard Parish Government, in the southeast of New Orleans, has shared CCTV footage from around 3pm Sunday
The view from inside the WGNO station’s newsroom in metropolitan New Orleans
The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is asking residents to “limit water usage” at home, to decrease the amount of wastewater that needs to be removed - and help prevent sewage backups.
Due to the power cuts, the board is currently using “self-generated sources of power” to drain stormwater and pump drinking water into the city. However, there is no backup power to operate sewer pumping stations. “We are assessing how many of the 84 stations are impacted but the number may be very significant,” SWB New Orleans said.
The hospital that lost some power is Thibodaux Regional Health System in Lafourche Parish. Andrea Gallo at the New Orleans Advertiser reports that a back-up generator failed, meaning staff had to manually ventilate some patients. It is unclear how many patients were affected but power generators appear to be working again.
Power cut across entire city of New Orleans
Hello, Rebecca Ratcliffe here taking over from my colleague, Martin Farrer.
The energy company Entergy has confirmed that power has been cut off across the entire city, according to an update posted on Twitter by the New Orleans’ Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The message describes “catastrophic transmission damage”.
The storm surge and winds from Hurricane Ida was so strong it reversed the flow of the mighty Mississippi River. The same phenomenon happened during Hurricane Katrina but is “extremely uncommon”, USGS hydrologist Scott Perrien told CNN.
He said the river level rose about seven feet due to the surge, shifting the flow from 2 feet per second to about half a foot per second in the opposite direction.
Metairie is in metropolitan New Orleans:
The Guardian’s US southern bureau chief, Oliver Laughland, is reporting from New Orleans whenever communications allow. The city has just issued a flash flood warning until midnight. It is 8.30pm there at time of writing.
There are reports that one of the hospitals in a coastal area of Louisiana had lost all power in its Covid intensive care unit and stall are manually ventilating a number patients. We will bring you more details as they confirmed.
Welcome to our rolling coverage of Hurricane Ida after it made landfall on the coast of Louisiana.
Here’s what we know so far:
- Hurricane Ida has knocked out all power in the city of New Orleans after making landfall late on Sunday morning at Port Fourchon. The only power in the city is coming from generators.
- Ida is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US and has wreaked havoc, ripping roofs off buildings, downing trees and reversing the flow of the Mississippi river.
- It is 16 years exactly since Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic hurricane that killed more than 1,800 on the Gulf coast in 2005.