- Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday and is now ripping through the Gulf Coast region.
- The Category 4 storm has already brought considerable damage – mainly in Louisiana.
- Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana hard 16 years ago and the state’s likely to face the brunt of Ida’s destruction.
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Weather forecasters project that Hurricane Ida will be destructive for the Gulf Coast region of the United States.
The Category 4 storm made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.
Already, videos and photos show the initial destruction Ida is bringing to the area.
-The Associated Press (@AP) August 29, 2021
—Brian Emfinger (@brianemfinger) August 30, 2021
In Entergy’s August 30 update, the company said that a team of more than 20,000 people is assessing outages caused by Hurricane Ida and working to restore power to multiple parishes.
Power restoration may take between a few days to three weeks depending on the parish, some of which are currently inaccessible by roadways due to flooding and other damages, Entergy said.
Damage to eight high-voltage lines took out power for New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes, as well as parts of St. Charles and Terrebonne parishes, the update said.
—Laila Vanessa Stuvik (@StuvikLaila) August 29, 2021
Hurricane Ida has moved steadily northwest since making landfall early Sunday afternoon. The storm continues to have a well-defined eye and established bands of rain, according to the National Weather Service’s 10 p.m. CDT update.
All of New Orleans and several parts of southern Louisiana will remain without power through the night.
—Timboi (@longpig_tim) August 30, 2021
Large portions of southern Louisiana are without power due to Hurricane Ida, according to reports from power company Entergy, and individuals in the hardest hit areas could be without power for weeks.
Entergy has provided backup generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board (NOSWB), which is using self-generated power sources and backup generators to drain stormwater and pump drinking water into the city, according to NOSWB tweets.
—Palmetto State Chasers (@PalmettoChasers) August 29, 2021
—Christina Watkins (@CWatkinsWDSU) August 29, 2021
Hurricane Ida’s eyewall is currently moving over Galliano and Golden Meadow, WDSU reported. Strong winds blew the roof off of general medical and surgical facility Lady of the Sea General Hospital, WDSU reporter Christina Watkins tweeted.
Galliano is located off of the Bayou Lafourche in southern Louisiana. The Lafource Parish Sheriff’s Office said that 911 and the office’s phone lines are down, according to a tweet from the office.
A video posted to social media shows destruction in the French Quarter of the city:
—Markie Martin (@MarkieMartin) August 29, 2021
The New Orleans area faces a high risk of experiencing flash flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center. Parts of Mississippi can expect moderate flash flooding.
—wdsu (@wdsu) August 29, 2021
Earlier Sunday ahead of landfall, the National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a stern warning to residents: “Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to an interior room or shelter NOW!”
Evacuations continue in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.
—Greg (@gregman1982) August 29, 2021
—St. Bernard Parish (@StBGov) August 29, 2021