Hurricane Ida Wrecks Louisiana Footage


Hurricane Ida wreaks havoc in Louisiana, leaving more than 620,000 without power
By Amir Vera and Jay Croft,

Hurricane Ida pummeled Louisiana Sunday, moving slowly across the state with heavy rains and high winds that have left more than 620,000 people without power.

The storm made landfall earlier in the day — on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 7 p.m. ET, Ida was downgraded to a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 mph, and its center was about 30 miles southwest of New Orleans. It was moving northwest at about 10 mph.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards requested a major disaster declaration from President Joe Biden as his state continues to be pummeled by Hurricane Ida, his office said. Biden has already signed emergency declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi.

“Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana,” the governor’s release said. “It is our goal to assist our local agencies and the citizens of the state as quickly as possible, and we have pre-positioned search and rescue teams, boats and other assets to begin helping people as soon as it is safe.”

Ida is now tied with Hurricane Laura from last year and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as the state’s most powerful storm ever.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards
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Edwards urged residents to remain indoors and to be patient, as the state does not know how soon first responders will be able to respond to calls for assistance.

“Once the storm has passed, you need to be prepared to shelter in place for the first 72 hours,” Edwards said. “We have every possible resource ready to go, to help you. We’ll get there sooner than 72 hours if at all possible, in order to rescue people across the state of Louisiana.”

Live updates: Hurricane Ida heads toward the Gulf Coast

By Sunday evening, Hurricane Ida had left more than 620,000 customers without power in Louisiana, according to poweroutage.us. And Energy Louisiana said some of its customers could be without power for weeks.

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