Hurricane Ida has hit the Gulf Coast. Here are the latest updates.
Hurricane Ida’s remnants bring deadly, historic rain to New York
Thursday, Sept. 2
At least eight people died in New York due to historic flooding in the region, which was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, per the Associated Press.
- The immense rainfall “swamped subway cars and submerged vehicles and homes” in New York City and New Jersey, according to Associated Press.
New York state, as well as New York City, declared a state of emergency due to the storm conditions and the immense flooding.
- New York City police said there were seven deaths from the historic floods. There was one death in New Jersey, per Associated Press.
Images and video surfaced online of the historic rainfall:
Louisiana remains without power because of Ida
Monday, Aug. 30
- “There are eight transmission lines that feed power to the city of New Orleans that have sustained damage,” Deanna Rodriguez, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, said per CNN.
- “The catastrophic damage of the storm that hung over west of here, caused a lot of damage to the transmission lines that feed New Orleans,” Rodriguez said, according to CNN.
Damage to New Orleans sand the greater state are still being assessed by rescue crews. Photos surfaced online of some of the damage caused by Ida, too.
Deadly Ida weakens to a tropical storm, leaves millions without power
Monday, Aug. 30
Ida — which had ripped through Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — weakened to a tropical storm on Monday after it crashed into the state, leaving millions unsure about what’s to come next.
As people wake up Monday morning, they will wake to see a state reeling from the impact of the hurricane. Damage assessments will be done. But videos and photos already show the storm’s impact. Toppled trees are scattered across streets. Power lines wobble on the roads. High levels of water still flood the streets.
Life-threatening conditions led to the death of a 60-year-old man after a tree fell on his home, according to Ascension Parish Sherriff’s Office. There have been no other immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the storm’s wake.
More than 1 million people and businesses remain without power, many of whom live in the New Orleans area, according to NBC News. Another 100,000 people in Mississippi are without power, too.
The Weather Service in New Orleans said a levee — which is meant to protect New Orleans from flooding — had failed in Jean Lafitte, leaving 200 people in “imminent danger,” according to The New York Times.
“Take whatever means are necessary to protect your life,” the Weather Service said, according to The New York Times.
The National Hurricane Center said the rain and storm surges “resulted in catastrophic impacts along the southeast coast of Louisiana.” Tornadoes are expected in the area throughout the rest of the day in Mississippi and western Florida.
“There is no doubt that the coming days and weeks are going to be extremely difficult for our state and many, many people are going to be tested in ways that we can only imagine,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday, per The New York Times.
Deadly Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Sunday, Aug. 29
Hurricane Ida hammered the Louisiana coast on Sunday with massive floodwaters and harsh winds that left thousands without power and threatened widespread damage to cities such as New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage by Sunday night. Officials called for residents to stay inside in the hours leading up to the storm, according to NBC News.
More than 789,000 people were left without power across Louisiana on Sunday night, per The New York Times. As the city descended into darkness, Entergy New Orleans said it had suffered “catastrophic transmission damage” and the city would remain in the shadows through Sunday night.
“The only power in the city is coming from generators,” New Orleans’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reported in a tweet.
Hurricane Ida pummeled the coastline as a Category 4 storm. It later weakened to a Category 3 storm, per The Washington Post, before it became a Category 2 storm. But the damage had been done, shaking up normality and leaving many questions about what is to come when the sun rises on Monday morning.
The hurricane brought massive storm surges to Louisiana, as well as flash flooding and extreme winds. Throughout the day, reports surfaced of high winds slashing through the state. Videos appeared online of roofs being ripped off of buildings.
As day turned to night, the windy and rainy conditions traveled inland, spreading deeper into Louisiana. Hurricane Ida is now expected to bring destructive winds and massive floods to more than 100 miles of the state through Baton Rouge.
Overnight, the storm is expected to turn north, according to WDSU-TV. The storm is going to then speed up Monday night into Tuesday and will move inland toward southeastern Louisiana. Slowly the storm will churn its way into Mississippi and Tennessee during the early part of the week.
President Joe Biden said Sunday during a visit to the FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., that he had prepared resources that will be needed after Hurricane Ida has finished its run through Louisiana, CBS News reports.
“This is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane,” the president said.
Hurricane Ida hit on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans 16 years ago and has remained one of the most infamous hurricanes to impact the United States this century.
Officials suggested the New Orleans’ levee system — which had failed during Katrina, leaving massive floods for the city — had been strengthened and fortified enough to protect the city for Hurricane Ida, according to CBS News.
Ida’s power and strength come as hurricane season has led to a number of storms throughout the Atlantic. Tropical storms have been battering the East Coast. Tropical Storm Henri caused widespread rain in New England as Tropical Storm Fred ravaged North Carolina.
Images show widespread damage of Hurricane Ida
Sunday, Aug. 29
A number of images from Hurricane Ida show the widespread damage from the storm.
All of New Orleans is without power after Hurricane Ida
Sunday, Aug. 29
The Entergy loss of power is a significant loss of power for our 60 hz pumps and the 25 hz pumps we power through the frequency changers, but we are using our self-generated sources of power to drain stormwater and pump drinking water into the city.— SWB New Orleans (@SWBNewOrleans) August 30, 2021
Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana
Sunday, Aug. 29
- Extreme winds will hit Louisiana over the next few hours.
- Tornado watches are in effect until tonight in multiple states, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to CNN.
The storm — which hit Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — is expected to “wallop New Orleans with hurricane-force winds and over a foot of rain Sunday afternoon and evening,” per The Washington Post.
- The National Hurricane Center told The Washington Post that there will be “potentially catastrophic” damage from the wind and “extremely life-threatening” conditions.
Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall across the Louisiana coast
Saturday, Aug. 28
- Evacuations have begun in New Orleans and the nearby coastal regions.
- The storm will intensify as it will hit the Louisana coast Sunday afternoon or evening.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Ida “will be one of the strongest hurricanes that hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s.”
New Orleans mayor calls for evacuation with Hurricane Ida on the way
Friday, Aug. 27
- Cantrell said residents “with medical conditions and other special needs to get out early,” per The Associated Press.
Tropical Storm Ida strengthens, prepares to become a ‘major hurricane’
Friday, Aug. 27
Tropical Storm Ida started out as a storm without a name. Now, it’s set to become a major hurricane that will bash the Gulf Coast this weekend.
Per Weather.com, Tropical Storm Ida has strengthened in the Caribbean Sea. It will gain strength as it reaches the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm could make landfall as a major hurricane on the same day as Hurricane Katrina did 16 years ago, according to Weather.com.
Current forecasts suggest it will become a major hurricane as it nears Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and more states.
- In fact, Cameron, Louisiana, the Mississippi-Alabama state line and New Orleans all issued hurricane watch alerts for the forthcoming storm.
New tropical storm emerges without a name
Thursday, Aug. 26
The National Hurricane Center said it is monitoring a new storm system in the Caribbean that hasn’t become a named system yet.
- There are two other storms developing nearby, too, per WGBF.
- The storm’s current designation is “99L.” That will likely change once it develops a bit more and starts to impact Caribbean islands.
- The storm would be named Ida if it does develop into a major storm, according to the Orlando Sentinal.
New storm may hit the Gulf Coast by the weekend
Thursday, Aug. 26
The disturbance will likely make landfall in the Gulf Coast within the next three days.
The storm is a little disorganized right now. But computer models suggest the storm will develop into a tropical storm by the end of the week, according to CBS News.
- The storm would reportedly make landfall on Sunday night or Monday.