At least one person has died this Monday in the town of Ascensión, located in the state of Louisiana, which is being affected by electricity and water cuts and floods due to the passage of hurricane ‘Ida’. The Ascensión Sheriff’s office has reported through social networks that at 8:30 p.m. (local time) the agents have received a notice of an injured person by the fall of a tree and, when moving to the place, they have confirmed the death of the victim.
The entire city of New Orleans has gone completely dark this Sunday after “catastrophic transmission damage” occurred due to the passage of the hurricane, local authorities reported. This incident occurred just as dusk began in the city of Louisiana and Hurricane Ida was passing about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of the city.
The emergency preparedness agency NOLA Ready has indicated that the only electricity currently available in the entire New Orleans metropolitan area comes exclusively from generators.
In the entire state of Louisiana there are more than 780,000 customers without electricity, according to the specialized website Poweroutage.us, presumably due to system failures such as the one in New Orleans or the fall of numerous electricity poles. As the hours pass, it is feared that this number may increase as Ida continues its northward course towards the interior of the region.
Ida made landfall with winds of 240 km / h
New Orleans lives with anguish the passage of Ida, which made landfall this past noon local time (17.00 GMT) with winds of 150 miles per hour (240 km / h), because it coincides with the anniversary of the tragedy it caused in 2005 Hurricane Katrina.
On August 29, the protection levee system that protects the city failed and the city suffered major floods in which more than 1,800 people died.
The danger of this phenomenon is evident in the several hours in which Ida maintained its category 4 hurricane strength after making landfall, and, according to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), generates maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km / h).
Although its winds have weakened, the greatest danger remains from water, both from storm surge and heavy rains, especially now that its travel speed has slowed to 9 miles per hour (15 km / h). This causes the rains to fall on the same area for a longer time, which increases the chances of water accumulation.
The NHC warned in its latest bulletin that a “catastrophic storm surge, hurricane force winds and flash floods continue in portions of southeastern Louisiana” due to the passage of Ida.