By Deirdre Tynan • 30 August 2021 • 10:54
Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana coastline with 150mph winds.
Hurricane Ida claimed it its first life and leaves New Orleans without electricity.
Hurricane Ida has left a trail of destruction in just seven hours through the State of Louisiana. The powerful hurricane made landfall shortly after noon, August 29, in the port of Fourchon, southwest of New Orleans, with winds reaching 150 miles per hour and an “extremely life-threatening” force, according to President Joe Biden.
Ida made landfall exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina devasted the same area. Ida has already left one dead – a man in his 50s who died in Ascension Parish, in southeastern Louisiana, when a tree fell on his house – and has caused more than 700,000 people to be without power and more than one million inhabitants are on alert for flood risk in the next few hours.
According to the Washington Post, “The storm, which weakened to Category 1 early Monday, unleashed damaging wind gusts of up to 90 mph in New Orleans, along with flooding rain. One person died after a tree fell on them in Prairieville, about 65 miles northwest of New Orleans. At least 200 people are believed to be stranded in the southeastern part of the state after a levee failed. The National Weather Service has issued a flash food emergency warning for the area urging people to “SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!”
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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