Hurricane Ida, aka the Beast of the Bayou, is spreading devastation across Louisiana as Tropical Storm after coming ashore as a Category 4 with 150 mph winds yesterday, 16-years-to-the-day of Hurricane Katrina.
The hurricane, with an eye 17-miles wide, is one of the strongest to ever hit Louisiana by both wind speed and pressure.
Hurricane Katrina was a Category 1 when it hit the Broward, Miami-Dade border and then unleashed a series of events, taking the lives of more than 1,800 people and leaving more than $100 billion worth of damage in its wake after hitting New Orleans as a Category 3. Ida is the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the US mainland.
A million people are without power including all of New Orleans and one person reported dead after a tree fell on their house.
Hurricane Ida knocked a major tower that powers most of Orleans and Jefferson parishes into the Mississippi River. The tower carries all eight transmission lines that bring electricity to nearly a million homes and businesses.
The storm ripped roofs off homes, damaged hospitals, and blocked roads with fallen trees. It also reversed the flow of the Mississippi River and caused 22 barges to break loose and float down stream.
Phone lines are down at an Emergency Operations Center, while some in New Orleans can’t even get a hold of 911.
Meanwhile, residents south of New Orleans are being told to evacuate immediately after the reported failure of two levees. Jean Lafitte’s levee failed stranding hundreds of residents.
Fierce winds and storm surge from Hurricane Ida also stopped the flow of the Mississippi River and caused it to reverse its flow near New Orleans which is an extremely uncommon phenomenon.
Two airlines canceled all outgoing flights at one airport. Forecasters warn Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama are at risk for deadly flash flooding, dangerous storm surges and tornadoes.
What you need to know about Hurricane Ida.
Hurricane Ida has made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as an extremely dangerous, Category 4 hurricane wind winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent the following supplies to Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Ida making landfall, according to spokesperson Jaclyn Rothenberg.
-3.5 million meals (includes tarps sent to Mississippi)
-2.5 million liters of water (includes meals sent to Mississippi)
Louisiana governor says Ida is “one of the strongest storms to make landfall here in modern times.”