Highly effective Hurricane Ida has battered the southern US state of Louisiana and plunged New Orleans into darkness, leaving not less than one particular person useless 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated town.
Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast as a Class 4 storm however had weakened to a Class 1 by Sunday night time.
President Joe Biden, who described Ida as “a life-threatening storm,” declared Louisiana an enormous catastrophe space.
One particular person was killed by a falling tree in Prairieville, 130km (60 miles) northwest of New Orleans, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards stated Ida could possibly be probably the most highly effective storm to hit the state since 1850.
Governor Edwards warned Ida could be “a really critical check for our levee programs”, an in depth community of pumps, gates and earthen and concrete berms that was expanded after Katrina.
The storm is anticipated to proceed weakening because it strikes over land with a predicted observe taking it north over the central United States earlier than veering eastward, reaching the mid-Atlantic area by Wednesday.