Hurricane Ida: Roads Flooded, Buildings Ripped Apart, Hundreds of Thousands Without Power in Louisiana | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

  • More than 500,000 power outages are reported.
  • It can take up to 72 hours before people can be rescued.
  • The situation in Grand Isle has been described as catastrophic.
  • Water overflowed a causeway in Plaquemines Parish.

Roads are under water, buildings have been torn apart, hundreds of thousands of people are without power and rescue calls came in after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeastern Louisiana earlier today with crushing storm surge and extreme winds.

Residents were told to search immediately higher ground after water covered a levee in a portion of Plaquemines Parish, which extends into the Gulf of Mexico southeast of New Orleans.

The storm made landfall near Port Fourchon and is bracing its way of destruction as it marches inland.

Video from Golden Meadow, about 20 miles north of Port Fourchon, showed buildings with their roofs torn off, walls collapsed and vehicles were washed away by storm surge.

The community is located about 40 miles southwest of New Orleans at the start of a narrow stretch of Louisiana Highway 1 that leads to the harbor. Similar scenes took place across the region.

Reports are still trickling in from Grand Isle about the disastrous conditions there, where the only way out is reported to be flooded and emergency services buildings are under water.

“We have received requests for to save for people who have stayed on the island,” parish president Cynthia Lee Sheng said in a news briefing Sunday afternoon. “I said there are white caps on the highway, our fire station is taking water, obviously first responders can’t reach you, so those people his will just have to duck.”

State and local officials have warned it could take up to 72 hours for first responders to reach those in need after the storm.

(MORE: The latest forecast for Hurricane Ida)

Mandatory evacuations were issued in Grand Isle, which is located in Jefferson Parish, but there were reports that several people were left behind. Police Chief Scooter Resweber said about 15 people who had not been evacuated took shelter at the police station.

Resweber described the scene there as Ida approached the landfall and he and others looked with him out the bulletproof window of a hardened police bunker.

“We see the roofs peeling off the buildings next to us. The flooding is catastrophic,” Resweber told The Weather Channel in a phone call. “We are in bad, deplorable shape.”

Ida officially made landfall at 11:55 a.m. CDT near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, about 18 miles southwest of Grand Isle and about 100 miles south of New Orleans. The maximum sustained wind was 250 mph, making Ida a high-end Category 4.

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Prior to the storm, a rare extreme wind warning was issued for those who came first in Ida’s path, including Grand Isle. The National Weather Service warned: “This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation!”

Resweber said an anemometer at the police station measured 148 mph. And then the meter broke.

“All around us things are falling apart,” he said.

Cameras in Grand Isle, when Ida’s outer bands came in Sunday morning, showed that a storm surge had turned Earth into a turbulent ocean. The only way in and out was shrouded. The winds of the storm pushed the water against the stilt houses, forming raging white heads.

The cameras were later disabled by the storm surge.

Here’s the latest on the storm’s path.

Louisiana

-More than 500,000, According to poweroutage.us, homes and businesses were without power in Louisiana around 5 p.m. CDT. Those numbers include more than half of New Orleans, about 2/3 of Jefferson Parish, and nearly all of the parishes of Terrebonne, Plaquemines, and St. Charles.

-A ferry escaped from his berth at a maintenance facility in the Algiers section of New Orleans, WWL-TV reported.

Downed power lines and trees were reported in southeastern Louisiana. Officials in Jefferson Parish said most of the outages there — about 107,000 — were caused by fallen trees.

-Ruler. John Bel Edwards said in a news conference Sunday afternoon that the water was not expected to spill over the levees in the Mississippi River or the greater New Orleans area.

-Video from St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans, showed water hurry in.

-New Orleans has suspended EMS service until it is safe to resume. “We’re at this point,” Tyrell Morris, the city’s 911 director, said in a news conference Sunday afternoon. “All public safety authorities are currently making decisions about when to respond or not.” The 911 system was offline for about 10 minutes earlier in the day, Morris said.

– New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told those staying in the city to stay off the streets. “All of our residents, even visitors who are here, now is the time to stay indoors,” Cantrell said. “Don’t go outside, no sightseeing, this is very dangerous. We have to stay inside from this point, all morning, all afternoon, all evening.”

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More than 6 feet of storm surge has been reported in Shell Beach.

– Wind gusts in excess of 120 mph were reported at a higher weather station.

-Hospitals were already full in some areas due to COVID-19, so officials told people not to go to the emergency room unless they have a life-threatening situation and warned them to take precautions after the storm to avoid preventable death and injury that could burden on hospitals.

Mississippi

– A curfew has been imposed in Hancock and Harrison counties.

According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, portions of US 90 were closed due to flooding in Hancock County.

– Floods were reported in casino parking garages.

More than 6 feet of storm surge was reported in Waveland.

A man passes a section of the roof blown off a building in the French Quarter on Sunday, August 29, 2021 in New Orleans by the winds of Hurricane Ida.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A man passes a section of the roof blown off a building in the French Quarter on Sunday, August 29, 2021 in New Orleans by the winds of Hurricane Ida. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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