1M without power in Louisiana after Ida makes landfall

1M without power in Louisiana after Ida makes landfall

President Biden has declared a disaster in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, knocking out power to 1 million people in the state. 

The storm came with destructive winds topping 100 miles an hour and dumped dangerous amounts of water on the region as it made landfall just west of New Orleans as a Category 4 hurricane. 

A local sheriff in Ascension Parish reported the first death stemming from the storm late Sunday evening. 

Energy officials in the state said it could be weeks before power is fully restored, saying on that “catastrophic transmission damage” led to widespread power outages in New Orleans. 

Biden’s declaration frees up federal funding for localities to help respond to the damage caused by the storm.

Source: The Hill