Hurricane Ida photos and video show damage across Louisiana
Ida was downgraded to tropical storm category 4 Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm claimed at least one death after hitting the Louisiana coast on Sunday and cut electricity throughout New Orleans while inundating coastal communities in Louisiana.
Broken trees, overturned trucks, submerged cars and flooded streets were just some of the scenes as the storm wreaked havoc and temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River near Belle Chase, preliminary data shows. from the US Geological Survey.
“Tonight we have confirmed at least one death and unfortunately we know there will be more,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. said in a statement Sunday evening. “Thousands of our people are without electricity and there is untold damage to property in the affected parishes.”
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Ida is tied for the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the American continent and has struck 16 years to the day after deadly Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Edwards said President Joe Biden declared Ida a disaster, freeing up federal funds to help with rescue and recovery efforts on Monday.
Photos show collapsed buildings, including destruction in the French Quarter, and more as a result of dangerous winds from the ongoing storm.