Hurricane Ida: Thousands flee as storm bears down on Louisiana

“Please understand this, there is the possibility that conditions could be unliveable along the coast for some time and areas around New Orleans and Baton Rouge could be without power for weeks,” the National Weather Service wrote on Saturday. “We have all seen the destruction and pain caused by [Hurricanes] Harvey, Michael and Laura. Anticipate devastation on this level and if it doesn’t happen then we should all count our blessings.”