HURRICANE Ida slammed into Louisiana on Sunday, killing at least one man and knocking power out in all of New Orleans leaving locals to deal with the aftermath as the storm downgraded.
A 60-year-old man was confirmed to be the first casualty of the devastating storm after deputies said he was killed by a downed tree on Sunday.
The massive storm plowed ashore as an extremely powerful Category 4 storm exactly 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
On Sunday, Ida’s winds reached a strength of 150mph, ranking tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland United States.
Ida gradually downgraded in strength as it passed over New Orleans, becoming a Category 1 storm just after midnight.
The wild winds meant that more than one million were hit by power outages in Louisiana.
The Mississippi River rose by nearly seven feet due to the storm surge and the strong winds actually caused the water to flow in the opposite direction.
Dozens were reported to be trapped after rainfall and storm surge from Hurricane Ida caused several levees to overtop.
President Joe Biden warned those in the path of the storm to “please follow the instructions of local officials during this dangerous time”.
“As soon as Hurricane Ida passes, we will put this country’s full might behind your rescue and recovery,” he said.
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