A weakened but still powerful Tropical Storm Ida was over southwestern Mississippi early Monday after trudging north through Louisiana. Ida crashed into land as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane Sunday. The storm was pummeling parts of the two states with heavy rain, a dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flash flooding, the National Hurricane Center said.
More than a million homes and businesses had power outages in Louisiana, including the entire city of New Orleans.
There were reports of people being trapped in homes. Some levees were breached. Emergency communications lines went out in some spots. Boil water advisories were issued for some communities.
Tornados were possible in areas north and east of Ida, forecasters warned.
One death was blamed on the storm but hospitals already stretched to near breaking points by the COVID-19 pandemic were bracing for an onslaught of new patients.
President Biden approved a disaster declaration for Louisiana.
Idaas an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. By 1 a.m. local time Monday, Ida was barely still a hurricane with 75 mph maximum sustained winds but was still packing a strong punch.
Ida hit on the 16th anniversary of. The city’s levees system, which failed during Katrina, has been fortified since then.