Hurricane Ida: Over 1 million People May Be in Dark for Weeks in Louisiana
The Storm Made Landfall on the 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
More than a million residents are currently without any power in the state of Louisiana after Hurricane Ida has struck the region, which has been categorized as a tropical storm after being downgraded. Hurricane Ida had brought about winds with the high speed of 150 mph when it made landfall and had left behind a trail of massive destruction of property through the entire state before it later entered through the boundaries into Mississippi.
Damages caused in Louisiana
It has been reported that one individual had died when a nearby tree uprooted and fell on the residence, which was located in Ascension Parish, in the area of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. However, the complete scale of destruction which has been caused by the occurrence of Hurricane Ida would only become further clear in the upcoming days.
According to the tweet posted by the communications director of the Louisiana Governor, Shauna Sanford, the daylight of the next day is likely to bring some horrific images forwards as the assessment of damages which has occurred due to Hurricane Ida on the last weekend of August.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, had previously stated that the consequences of Hurricane Ida would be life-threatening, along with the public warning given by the National Hurricane Center that a heavy amount of rainfall is expected to cause flood in various parts of the state of Louisiana.
Although it seemed that the flood defenses, which have been built in New Orleans, further strengthened after the occurrence of Hurricane Katrina in the year 2005, which caused the death of 1,800 residents of the area, they have so far upheld to do their jobs.
President Biden had declared the state of a major disaster across the state due to Hurricane Ida and has been able to release the extra amount of funding for the efforts conducted for rescue and recovery. Joe Biden said that it could possibly require multiple weeks to restore full-electric power throughout the state to more than one million residential housings in the state of Louisiana, which are currently without any power.
Hurricane Ida has been able to gather strength over the Gulf of Mexico during the previous weekend. Due to the result of the storm, more than 90% of the production of oil in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut down to prevent any kind of unfortunate accidents in the region.
On Sunday, Hurricane Ida has made landfall in the southern region of the city of New Orleans and has been categorized as a category four hurricane, which means that it is likely to cause an extensive number of damages and destruction to power lines trees along with high rise buildings. As the storm is to move inland, the winds caused by Hurricane Ida have suffered from a drop to about 95 mph, which means that it has now converted into a category one storm.
There is still widespread fear that a storm could possibly surge along the coastline, which could become high as about 16ft; that might also have the potential to submerge multiple parts of the coastline, which are slightly low-laying than the rest.
Complications caused by COVID-19 pandemic
Due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the efforts of rescue, recovery, and safety of the residents of the area caused by Hurricane Ida have become further complicated. The medical centers located across Louisiana are already under an immense amount of pressure due to the increased patient load from COVID-19 infection, as the state is also currently suffering from having the third-highest infection rates across the United States.
Generally, the hospitals present across the state which are located in the predicted pathway of the Hurricane are to be immediately evacuated, and patients are shifted to nearby medical facilities, but during this time of the occurrence of Hurricane Ida, the number of beds available was very low, even at those medical centers that are located inland and out of reach of the storm.
The patients are bound to suffer from the Hurricane, as there is no place left to bring the critically ill patients, not inside the state of Louisiana nor outside of it.
Hurricane Ida has come ashore on Hurricane Katrina’s 16th anniversary, which was a category three storm that had reached land.