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Ida Smacks Louisiana With 150 MPH Winds, 212,000 in New Orleans Without Power

Ida touched land in Port Fourcheron, LA With 150 MPH sustained winds.
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Hurricane Ida Viewed From Space

National Hurricane Center

Power Outages Top 212,000 in New Orleans

The following is from NBC Live Updates

  • More than 212,000 customers are without power in New Orleans as Hurricane Ida pummels Louisiana. Entergy New Orleans, an electric and natural gas utility based in New Orleans, reported the outages as of 2:18 p.m. ET.
  • 'There’s nobody coming right now': New Orleans mayor, other officials warn residents to stay home. Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, echoed the mayor, warning residents that emergency services wouldn't be able to reach them until Monday. 

How Long Will Power Be Out?

The following is from Entergy Emergency Update.

  • Based on historical restoration times, customers in the direct path of a Category 4 hurricane can experience outages up to three weeks and beyond three weeks for a Category 5 hurricane.
  • While 90% of customers will be restored sooner, customers in the hardest-hit area should plan for the possibility of experiencing extended power outages.
  • Sign up for text alerts by texting REG to 36778 and have your account number and ZIP code handy. The registration pattern is as follows including spaces: REG (account number) (ZIP code). Once registered, text OUT to 36778 to report an outage. You can also report an outage online as a guest.
  • Follow us on Twitter.com/entergy or Facebook.com/entergy.
  • Call us at 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243).
  • We caution customers to be aware of unscrupulous attempts to swindle our customers during storm recovery. Entergy never demands immediate payment from customers over the phone. 

Hurricane Ida Seen From Space

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Tornado Watches Ida

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Hurricane Ida Tied for Strongest Storm to Ever Hit Louisiana

CNN reports Hurricane Ida Tied for Strongest Storm to Ever Hit Louisiana

  • Hurricane Ida ties Laura (2020) and the Last Island Hurricane in 1856 as the strongest to hit LA (all had 150 mph top winds).
  • Louisiana becomes the first US state to record a 150+ mph hurricanes in back-to-back years (Laura and Ida)
  • A 150 mph Category 4 hurricane has more than 250 times the damage potential of a 75 mph Category 1 storm, per NOAA analyses
  • Hurricane Ida’s hurricane-force winds extend 50 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds stretch 150 miles from center. The center is forecast to pass about 30 miles west of New Orleans.
  • New Orleans has received over 65 inches so far this year, their second wettest on record to this point of the year. This will make flooding in the region worse. New Orleans is expecting 15-20 inches of rain with Ida. 

Beautiful Calm In the Eye

Not Exactly Calm on the Land

Road Outside the Levy System in New Orleans

Secondary Eyewall

Best wishes to all impacted.

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