Live Updates: Ida’s devastation becomes clear as storm moves across South

After pounding parts of Louisiana and Mississippi as a hurricane with wind gusts up to 172 mph, Ida weakened to a tropical storm overnight. More than a million customers were left without electricity Monday, including all of New Orleans, and one death was blamed on the storm.

Ida’s powerful gusts ripped off roofs across Louisiana, and flying debris knocked down power lines. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it’s going to be weeks before power is fully restored across the area.

The storm was forecast to move over western and central Mississippi Monday afternoon.

In New Orleans, rising floodwaters trapped drivers in their cars, and debris was seen flying off Ochsner Medical Center in the city. Hospitals across the area continued treating patients even in the hazardous conditions.

The trail of Ida’s damage became clear Monday morning. Brick buildings in downtown New Orleans were completely reduced to rubble.

Officials said they’re working to use generators to pump stormwater out and drinking water in.

New Orleans' historic Karnofsky Shop suffered severe damage after Hurricane Ida pummeled the city with strong winds August 30, 2021.
New Orleans’ historic Karnofsky Shop suffered severe damage after Hurricane Ida pummeled the city with strong winds August 30, 2021. Reuters/Devika Krishna Kumar