(CNN)The Gulf Coast is still sifting through the aftermath and launching rescue missions in the wake of Ida’s landfall as a hurricane, and officials say some areas could spend up to the next month of their recovery without power.
Downed powerlines, impassable roads and obstacles to rescue workers have pushed many local officials to ask residents who evacuated not to return yet. And for those who stayed to ride out the storm, many will be facing temperatures as high as 103 degrees without access to power.The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for southern Louisiana and Mississippi from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to the NWS, heat is the number one weather-related fatality in the US. More than 2 million people in the landfall area are under the heat advisory, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. Rescuers save hundreds across Louisiana More than a million customers in Louisiana, 60,000 in Mississippi, and 16,000 in Alabama are without power, according to PowerOutage.US.Lines of cars waited for hours Monday at the one or two gas stations still open in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Council Member Richard Lewis said. Many stocked up for their generators — preparing to weather however long it takes for their communities to open back up. Read MoreIn parts of Jefferson Parish, power is expected to be out for at least three or four weeks, according to an update from Jefferson Parish Councilman at Large Ricky Templet. And officials in St. Charles Parish said Monday it is “highly likely” the area will be without power for a month, according to a Facebook post. Teams are racing to fix the problem. More than 25,000 workers from at least 32 states and the District of Columbia have been mobilized to support power restoration efforts across Louisiana, The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) said in a statement Monday. Middle Tennessee is clawing its way out of devastation from recent flooding. It sits right in Ida's crosshairsBut when it comes to power outages, “nothing is a quick fix,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Monday.”While the power is dependent on generators, I’m calling all of our people and businesses that have the capacity in the city to be good neighbors,” Cantrell said. “Share the power you have, open your businesses with the people to recharge their devices.”Since making landfall on the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm Sunday, Ida has weakened to a tropical depression, with winds sustained at 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rain and flooding continues to be a threat. The storm was about 145 miles north-northeast of Jackson, Mississippi, as of 5 a.m. Tuesday and is heading toward Tennessee, parts of which are still recovering from deadly flooding. It may be difficult to get helpMany hazards including downed structures, impassable roads and remaining flood waters are impacting officials’ ability to send help. Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastTheophilus Charles, 70, sits inside his damaged home in Houma, Louisiana, on Monday, August 30.Hide Caption 1 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastResidents wave at a US Coast Guard helicopter while waiting to be rescued from their flooded home in LaPlace, Louisiana, on Monday.Hide Caption 2 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastThe highway is flooded near LaPlace on Monday.Hide Caption 3 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastResidents are rescued from floodwaters in LaPlace on Monday.Hide Caption 4 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA damaged historic building lays in ruin in the Central Business District of New Orleans on Monday.Hide Caption 5 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA destroyed car is seen Monday after an apartment building burned overnight in Kenner, Louisiana.Hide Caption 6 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA resident walks through floodwaters in LaPlace on Monday.Hide Caption 7 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastSiblings watch men assess damage outside of a hotel Monday in Houma.Hide Caption 8 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA woman pushes a stroller past a boarded up building in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Monday.Hide Caption 9 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA downed tree lies on a house in New Orleans on Monday.Hide Caption 10 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastJeremy Hodges, left, and his brother Jacob work to clear debris from their destroyed storage unit in Houma on Monday.Hide Caption 11 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastMembers of the Louisiana National Guard help with recovery efforts in New Orleans on Monday.Hide Caption 12 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA man looks up next to a section of roof that was ripped off a building in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Monday.Hide Caption 13 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastStreets are flooded Monday in Kenner.Hide Caption 14 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastLights from a TV broadcast illuminate an otherwise dark Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Monday. More than 1 million customers in Louisiana were without power Monday morning, according to PowerOutage.US — including all of New Orleans.Hide Caption 15 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastMontegut Fire Chief Toby Henry walks back to his fire truck in the rain as firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, Louisiana, on Sunday, August 29.Hide Caption 16 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastFirefighters cut through downed trees on a road in Bourg on Sunday.Hide Caption 17 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastBarges are seen docked on the Mississippi River as Hurricane Ida hits Destrehan, Louisiana, on Sunday.Hide Caption 18 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastPeople walk through the French Quarter in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 19 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastEuropean Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet took this photo of Hurricane Ida on Sunday from the International Space Station.Hide Caption 20 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 21 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastPeople work inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sunday.Hide Caption 22 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA cyclist wears a face mask while biking through the rain and high winds on Canal Street in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 23 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastFirefighters look out the window of a shelter in Bourg on Sunday as the storm passes.Hide Caption 24 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastStorm clouds pass over a cemetery in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 25 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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.Hide Caption 26 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA news crew reports from the edge of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 27 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastWind blows Monroe Best’s hair and face mask Sunday in New Orleans.Hide Caption 28 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastBourbon Street in New Orleans is nearly empty on Sunday.Hide Caption 29 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA vehicle is abandoned in a flooded ditch next to the highway Sunday in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.Hide Caption 30 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA man carrying his belongings walks past a sign outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 31 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA wall of rain moves over downtown New Orleans on Sunday.Hide Caption 32 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastThe Boudreaux family sits on their front porch Sunday as they await the arrival of Hurricane Ida.Hide Caption 33 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA man walks along the Mississippi River near the French Quarter in New Orleans early Sunday.Hide Caption 34 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 35 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastCrews reopen a flood gate to help trapped motorists who missed a closure deadline on Saturday.Hide Caption 36 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 37 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 38 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 39 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastLarry Ackman, bottom, helps neighbor Mike Jackson, left, and his son Cody board up windows Saturday in Morgan City, Louisiana.Hide Caption 40 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastTraffic moves slowly along I-10 West on Saturday in Vinton, Louisiana, as residents evacuate toward Texas.Hide Caption 41 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 42 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 43 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 44 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastClare and Joe Cermak work on putting storm shutters up on their home in Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish on Saturday.Hide Caption 45 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastHighway traffic moves slowly overnight Saturday near Kenner, Louisiana, as many residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ida.Hide Caption 46 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastGregory Moore, left, helps fill sand bags as residents in Gulfport, Mississippi, prepare for the storm on Saturday.Hide Caption 47 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates 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 48 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastJennifer Tate fuels up a gas can Friday in Pass Christian, Mississippi.Hide Caption 49 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastWorkers stack bags of ice into a gas station freezer on Friday in Jefferson, Louisiana.Hide Caption 50 of 51 Photos: Hurricane Ida devastates Gulf CoastA resident hammers the shutters of a 100-year-old house in New Orleans on Friday.Hide Caption 51 of 51Heavy rains in Mississippi washed away part of Highway 26 — a main artery between Mississippi and Louisiana — leaving two dead and 10 others injured, according to Trooper Cal Robertson. Seven vehicles went into a hole created by the washout, which was about about 50 feet in length and 20 feet deep, Robertson said.And in Louisiana, state police there told stranded residents Monday, “It may be difficult to get help to you for quite some time.”While troopers continue to assist with clearing roadways, “the full extent of damage is yet to be seen.” Search and rescue workers are still not able to access certain areas, a Facebook post from the LSP said. I fled Ida. Are we truly all together in a storm? Paul Middendorf spent hours Monday rescuing people in LaPlace, Louisiana, with his canoe, volunteering with the group Crowdsource Rescue. “Most of (the rescues) were in the attic,” he said. “The water in the back of that neighborhood was about 10 feet deep or higher.”As the hours ticked away, Middendorf said the water began to recede. Although it was only knee deep in some parts, it continues to be chest deep with a strong current in many areas that are still flooded in LaPlace, he said.Catera Whitson (C) and Kyler Melancon (R) ride in the back of a high water truck Monday as they volunteer to help evacuate people from homes after neighborhoods flooded in LaPlace, Louisiana, due to Hurricane Ida.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday he knows there are people waiting to be rescued and the state has deployed “thousands of people” to help with search and rescue efforts. And for those who did evacuate, the dangerous conditions may keep them away from their homes for some time as well.Those looking to return to Lafourche Parish could be delayed for up to a week, officials said Monday, even as crews work “around the clock to clear the roads.””Lafourche Parish roads are currently unpassable and will be for some time,” the Parish said.Dangerous road conditions contributed to the second storm-related death, the Louisiana Department of Health said Monday.According to the department, a man drowned after attempting to drive his vehicle through floodwater near I-10 and West End Blvd in New Orleans. The first storm death occurred when a tree fell on a home in Prairieville, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.’Hours of agony’The potential weeks of difficulty follow a night of harrowing experiences for many.Don Dottolo, a LaPlace resident, said Sunday night was more than he and his wife, Karen, thought they were going to face.”Of course, I expected the water. I can deal with the water,” he said. Residents of this small Louisiana town describe 'hours of agony' as Hurricane Ida slammed the Gulf Coast But Karen Dottolo said the water was deeper than expected. It started coming into their home when it got dark.”We were afraid for a little while because it was coming up the stairs,” she said.The couple told CNN they’ve lived through multiple hurricanes, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992.”That was scary, but that was 10-minutes scary,” Don Dottolo said. “This was hours of agony.”In St. Tammany Parish, there have not been reports of any deaths or injuries, but Parish President Mike Cooper told CNN his parish experienced damage and widespread power outages like much of the area.”We’ve just been through a horrendous night with winds, rain, gusts, water coming up, rivers rising, power outages,” Cooper said. “It’s incredible.” Hospitals respond and Tennessee preparesIn the aftermath of the storm, many Gulf Coast hospitals are grappling with how to continue caring for patients amid the damage.Four hospitals in Louisiana were evacuated Monday, Edwards said. Here's how Louisiana hospitals are handling the double onslaught of Hurricane Ida and Covid-19“First of all we really need our hospitals, more than anything else, to come back up, so that people who are in ICU rooms and on ventilators and so forth can continue to receive the life-saving care that they need,” Edwards said. “That’s important all the time. It’s certainly important, even more so, because of the Covid situation.”As the storm continues to move north, officials in Tennessee are preparing to feel the impacts.The National Guard, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and volunteer agencies are still cleaning up after a devastating and deadly flood earlier this month in the city of Waverly, and the area is now bracing for potential impacts from Ida. The August 21 flooding in Humphreys County claimed 20 lives.In preparation for possible flash floods, homeowners in the county were sifting the damage in their homes ahead of the storm to grab any remaining valuables that survived the last flood. Sign up for email updates for significant storms
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