The entire city of New Orleans is without power following the arrival of Hurricane Ida to the US Gulf Coast. The category four storm brought powerful winds after making landfall in the state of Louisiana, damaging power lines as it moved inland. Forecasters say the storm could bring a potentially "catastrophic" tidal surge and major flooding in its wake.
16 years after Louisiana was hit with devastating Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida brought maximum wind speeds of around 240 kilometers an hour and is one of the strongest storms to make landfall in Louisiana.
It's not just the harsh winds: As Hurricane Ida plowed into Louisiana, the storm brought torrential rain and a tidal surge to the Gulf coast.
Thousands of residents followed an evacuation order issued before Ida's arrival. Those who stayed behind have been told to shelter in place.
Ida maintained its intensity even after hitting land. Government officials said the storm would push the people of Louisiana to their limits:
The slower a hurricane moves, the more rain falls in the same place. And Ida is in no rush to continue its journey inland. With the storm moving slowly, the rain is flooding cities and the wind has cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes. But officials are ready to move in as soon as the storm weakens:
Emergency officials say it will take time before they can assess the damage, but parts of Louisiana may be "uninhabitable" for weeks, or even months.
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