New Orleans loses power as Hurricane Ida strikes

New Orleans loses power as Hurricane Ida strikes
Ida brought heavy winds to the southwest of New Orleans. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: As Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana, the city of New Orleans has lost power, with only generators working.

The storm brought 240km/h (150mph) winds when it made landfall and those people who didn’t flee have been advised to shelter in place.

One person was killed, according to local media, when a tree fell on their home in Ascension Parish, in the Baton Rouge area.

Ida will test New Orleans’ flood defences, strengthened after Hurricane Katrina killed 1,800 people in 2005.

President Biden said that Ida would be “life-threatening”, with immense devastation likely beyond the coasts.

In Louisiana, over 750,000 homes are without power, and the president said it could take weeks to restore supplies.

During the weekend, Ida gathered strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The hurricane made landfall on Sunday south of New Orleans as a category 4 hurricane – meaning it will cause severe damage to trees, buildings and power lines.

It has since weakened slightly to a category three storm.

The storm surge could be as high as 4.8m in some places, potentially submerging parts of the low-lying coastline.

It came ashore on the 16th anniversary of Katrina, a category three storm, which destroys Louisiana.

Since Katrina’s devastation, billions of dollars have been spent on flood defences, known as levees.

So far, the flood defences have held, though a flash flood warning is in place for New Orleans.

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