(CNN)Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana with devastating force as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday, leaving at least one person dead and more than 1 million customers without power as it flooded homes, ripped off roofs and trapped residents in dangerous floodwaters.
In Jean Lafitte, south of New Orleans, levees were overtopped and residents were on their roofs, waiting for rescue boats to arrive, Mayor Tim Kerner Jr. said. First death reported in Louisiana as Hurricane Ida continues wreaking havoc across southern US“We’re going to make sure we get as many boats as possible,” to assist with rescues he said, adding that boats were ready to move in as soon as the weather broke. “It really breaks your heart when you know those people and you can’t get to those people.”After making landfall Sunday, Ida has now slowed to a near crawl over Louisiana as a Category 1 storm, causing flash flood emergencies as it dumps inches of rain on the southeastern part of the state. Making landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Ida is already historic in its own right. The storm is now tied with Hurricane Laura from last year and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as the state’s strongest storm ever.Read MoreAs of Monday morning, more than a million customers in Louisiana were without power, according to PowerOutage.US. Among them is all of Orleans Parish, which was hit with “catastrophic transmission damage,” the city office says in a Tweet Sunday night.As Ida continues to bear down on the coast, Entergy Louisiana said Sunday some of its customers could be without power for weeks. And the storm surge of up to 15 feet and winds as strong as 150 mph could leave parts of southeast Louisiana “uninhabitable for weeks or months,” according to a local hurricane statement from the National Weather Service in New Orleans. Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastFirefighters cut through downed trees on a road in Bourg, Louisiana, on Sunday, August 29.Hide Caption 1 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastThe Royal Dutch Shell refinery in Norco, Louisiana, is seen as Hurricane Ida makes landfall Sunday. More than 95% of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil production facilities have been shut down, regulators said, indicating the storm’s significant impact on energy supply.Hide Caption 2 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastEuropean Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet took this photo of Hurricane Ida on Sunday from the International Space Station.Hide Caption 3 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA man passes by a section of roof that was blown off a building in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 4 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastPeople work inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sunday.Hide Caption 5 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastPeople walk through the French Quarter in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 6 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastFirefighters look out the window of a shelter in Bourg, Louisiana, on Sunday as the storm passes.Hide Caption 7 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastStorm clouds pass over a cemetery in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 8 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastLaKeisha Verdin holds her 3-month-old son, Kevin, as she walks onto the front porch where her family was watching weather updates on the local news Sunday in Houma, Louisiana.Hide Caption 9 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA news crew reports from the edge of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 10 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastWind blows Monroe Best’s hair and face mask Sunday in New Orleans.Hide Caption 11 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastBourbon Street in New Orleans is nearly empty on Sunday.Hide Caption 12 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA vehicle is abandoned in a flooded ditch next to the highway Sunday in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.Hide Caption 13 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA man carrying his belongings walks past a sign outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 14 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA wall of rain moves over downtown New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 15 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastThe Boudreaux family sits on their front porch Sunday as they await the arrival of Hurricane Ida.Hide Caption 16 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA man walks along the Mississippi River near the French Quarter in New Orleans early Sunday.Hide Caption 17 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastPeople stand in line at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Saturday, August 28. Many residents were evacuating the area ahead of Hurricane Ida.Hide Caption 18 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastCrews reopen a flood gate to help trapped motorists who missed a closure deadline on Saturday.Hide Caption 19 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastKeith Clark brings a rope to a friend to help tie down a houseboat before he evacuates Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, on Saturday.Hide Caption 20 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastNikeia Washington from Vacherie, Louisiana, holds her granddaughter, Halia Zenon, at a hotel in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, where they evacuated to ahead of the storm.Hide Caption 21 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastPeople walk down Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Saturday. Evacuation was voluntary for parts of the city inside its flood protection system. Other areas were under a mandatory evacuation order.Hide Caption 22 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastLarry Ackman, bottom, helps neighbor Mike Jackson, left, and his son Cody board up windows Saturday in Morgan City, Louisiana.Hide Caption 23 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastTraffic moves slowly along I-10 West on Saturday in Vinton, Louisiana, as residents evacuate toward Texas.Hide Caption 24 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA man drives a tractor through a flooded street Saturday in Guanimar, Cuba. Before entering the Gulf, Ida made landfall twice over Cuba as a Category 1 hurricane.Hide Caption 25 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastPresident Joe Biden speaks during a FEMA briefing on Hurricane Ida on Saturday. “This weekend is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,” Biden said, “and it’s a stark reminder that we have to do everything we can to prepare the people in the region to make sure we’re ready to respond.”Hide Caption 26 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastDawn breaks over a Hurricane Katrina memorial at Shell Beach in St. Bernard, Louisiana, on Saturday. Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005.Hide Caption 27 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastClare and Joe Cermak work on putting storm shutters up on their home in Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish on Saturday.Hide Caption 28 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastHighway traffic moves slowly overnight Saturday near Kenner, Louisiana, as many residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ida.Hide Caption 29 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastGregory Moore, left, helps fill sand bags as residents in Gulfport, Mississippi, prepare for the storm on Saturday.Hide Caption 30 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastJohn Guenther unloads about 400 crab traps that he had to pull out of the water and move via flatbed trailer to dry near his home in the eastern St. Bernard Parish on Friday, August 27.Hide Caption 31 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastJennifer Tate fuels up a gas can Friday in Pass Christian, Mississippi.Hide Caption 32 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastWorkers stack bags of ice into a gas station freezer on Friday in Jefferson, Louisiana.Hide Caption 33 of 34 Photos: Hurricane Ida lashes Gulf CoastA resident hammers the shutters of a 100-year-old house in New Orleans on Friday.Hide Caption 34 of 34While the scope of the damage won’t be clear until day breaks and teams can assess the chaos — initial reports indicate the situation for many residents who stayed behind is dire.Jefferson Parish has received calls from people asking for help as water rose to their chest in their homes, Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng told CNN Sunday night. But with high winds, flooding and reports of hazards, including downed powerlines and uprooted trees, Sheng said the dangerous conditions have prevented emergency crews from helping. And Ida has plenty of strength left. The hurricane is turning northward over southeastern Louisiana, with sustained winds of 95 mph. The storm is weakening very slowly, and will likely continue to pelt the southeastern coast and lower Mississippi Valley with heavy rainfall throughout the early morning hours, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy. The region could get 10 to 24 inches of rainfall, which may bring life threatening flash and urban flooding.How to help victimsTornadoes will continue to be a threat for the Gulf Coast through Monday, with the threat expanding into central and northern Mississippi and Alabama.The storm is expected to turn northeast Monday and head to the middle Tennessee Valley and Upper Ohio Valley through Wednesday. Until then, Louisiana will bear the brunt of the rain, flooding and wind. “I haven’t seen relentless wind [like this] in my lifetime,” St. Bernard Parish president Guy McInnis told CNN.Trees sway in the wind from Hurricane Ida in downtown New Orleans Sunday.Roadways closed and hospitals damagedThe storm has also impacted access for rescuers to get in and residents to get out.The Kerner Swing Bridge in Jefferson Parish was hit by a barge Sunday as Ida beat down on Louisiana, according to the parish government, prompting officials to warn residents it may not be safe to drive across. “Any residents that may still be in Lafitte are advised to not attempt to drive on this bridge. We do not believe it is structurally safe,” Jefferson Parish tweeted.And due to fallen trees on the roadway, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development shut down about 22 miles of Interstate 10, a major thoroughfare that transits the state east to west.Hurricane Ida forces Mississippi River to reverse flowThe closed portion of roadway stretches from Louisiana Highway 73 — near Dutch Town, Louisiana — to Louisiana Highway 641 — near Gramercy, Louisiana.In Lafourche Parish, every road was impassible Sunday night, Sheriff Craig Webre told CNN.There is a curfew in place for Lafourche Parish, “and we’re going to set up checkpoints to aggressively enforce that curfew,” the sheriff said.Officials plan to canvass the parish with every available county employee in the morning, but with the lack of electricity, downed power lines, and scattered debris, Webre doesn’t anticipate any opportunities to clear roadways Sunday night that would allow any travel prior to daybreak.Two of the three hospitals in Lafourche Parish sustained damage in Sunday’s epic storm, the sheriff added.A portion of the roof of The Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Galliano was ripped off as Ida came ashore, Webre told CNN’s Pamela Brown. The county was also forced to relocate its emergency operations center to a different building after the first building’s roof began to leak Sunday, Webre told CNN.People work inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sunday.Governor asks for assistance with ‘one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana’Once the storm does calm, there are 21 urban search and rescue teams from about 15 states ready to search, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards told CNN Sunday.”At the height of a hurricane you can’t get first responders out because it’s just simply too dangerous. The wind speeds don’t allow for that,” he explained. “Just as soon as we can, we will be engaged in very robust search and rescue operations.”Hurricane Ida hit the oil industry hard as it headed to New OrleansEdwards said he anticipated the storm would continue to cause damage throughout the night, noting that it hadn’t reach I-10 yet and the expected wind and rain, which could be 20 to 24 inches in some areas, is likely to cause further damage in the state.”It’s tough all over southeast Louisiana,” he said, adding “This is a very devastating storm.”Sunday night, President Joe Biden granted Edwards’ request for a major disaster declaration, ordering federal agencies to supplement state and local recovery efforts.Edwards requested federal public assistance related to emergency protection actions, shelters and temporary housing costs, his office said. Also included was a request for federal assistance for debris removal and infrastructure damage, according to the news release.”Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana,” Edwards said in a press release Sunday, noting the urgency of the declaration.
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