Hurricane Ida moves northeast- Deaths, damage & destruction for millions
A threat of heavy rain and flooding continues as hurricane Ida, now a tropical depression Ida moves northeast into Tennessee, Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Millions of people in Louisiana are still without power and at least four have died after a highway collapsed in Mississippi, USA Today reports. Ida made landfall on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.
Shattered homes, debris-strewn streets and flooded communities along the Louisiana Gulf Coast were left in the wake of Hurricane Ida as rescuers worked to save the stranded Monday.
Aerial images showed some of the destruction from the Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall Sunday, including in LaPlace, west of New Orleans.
At least two people have been killed
At least two people have died: a man who was killed when a tree fell on his home and another who drowned while he was trying to drive around floodwaters.
Almost 800 people were rescued from flooded homes or moved to safer ground in St. John the Baptist Parish where LaPlace, a community of around 29,000, is located, parish officials said.
More than 1 million homes and businesses, including virtually all of New Orleans, lost power. Officials in St. Charles Parish, also near New Orleans, said the power could be out there for a month.
Hurricane Ida is not finished yet
The Coast Guard was conducting search-and-rescue overflights of the Gulf Coast. Lots of local citizens are driving for miles, just to survive the next 24 hours. Some have travelled all the way from New Orleans and Louisiana looking for fuel for their generators. Most of the city is still blacked out.
In Pass Christian. First gas station I've seen anywhere in Coastal #Mississippi today without crazy long lines. Lots of these folks drove here all the way from New Orleans #Louisiana looking for gas for their generators. Much of the city is still blacked out. #Hurricane #IDA pic.twitter.com/nbrPmM4vfJ
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) September 1, 2021
The Atlantic hurricane season began on Tuesday, June 1, and ends on Tuesday, November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) encourages people residing in states along the Atlantic coast to download the FEMA mobile app and learn about how to prepare for hurricanes by visiting Ready.gov and Listo.gov. There is a 60% chance of an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to NOAA.
Keep it here for the latest updates on the tropical depression Ida updates.
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