More than a million people were left without electricity in the southern United States after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana. The corresponding data was published on Sunday on the portal poweroutage.us.
By 22:00 local time (August 30), more than 980 thousand consumers are experiencing power outages in Louisiana, and more than 29 thousand in the neighboring state of Mississippi, where a tornado threat was previously announced. The most difficult situation is developing in the coastal areas, which were mostly affected by the disaster. Earlier it was reported that the power supply was completely cut off in the largest city of Louisiana – New Orleans.
Formed in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Ida, which was assigned the fourth out of five possible categories, hit Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. By the evening, he weakened to the second category, but still threatens with serious damage. The wind speed within the hurricane reaches 46.9 m / s, it moves in the northwest direction at a speed of about 14 km / h. At least one fatality has been reported.
Louisiana and its most populous city, New Orleans, were already ravaged by storms early this century when Hurricane Katrina hit the southeastern United States in August 2005. According to official data, over 1.8 thousand people were killed by the disaster. The most significant damage then was done to New Orleans – about 80% of the city’s area was under water. Hurricane Katrina has become one of the most destructive in the United States on record. Damage from the disaster was estimated at more than $ 108 billion.