- Greater than 200,000 individuals in New Orleans are with out energy, in line with Entergy New Orleans.
- Hurricane Ida made landfall earlier Sunday as a Class 4 storm on the sixteenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
- Entergy mentioned some clients might be with out energy for as many as three weeks.
Greater than 200,000 individuals had been with out energy in Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, nearly an hour after Hurricane Ida made landfall within the state, in line with knowledge from power firm Entergy New Orleans.
Energy outages within the state have quickly elevated because the storm neared the shoreline and ultimately made landfall.
Entergy, which serves over a million people in the state, said that crews from power companies in 22 states and Washington, DC, would assist them in restoring energy to areas going through outages throughout Ida.
“All crews and contractors might be following the required COVID-19 security protocols,” Entergy mentioned. “Once you see crews working, please preserve them protected and wholesome by practising social distancing.”
The company previously warned that customers in some areas might face an influence outage for as many as three weeks.
“Based mostly on historic restoration occasions, clients within the direct path of a storm as intense as Hurricane Ida might expertise outages for greater than three weeks,” it mentioned in a press release to customers on its website. “Whereas 90% of shoppers might be restored sooner, clients within the hardest-hit areas ought to plan for the potential for experiencing prolonged energy outages.”
Ida made landfall as a Class 4 hurricane in Port Fourchon at about 11:55 a.m. native time, in line with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart. It is the identical day Hurricane Katrina — a Class 3 storm when it made landfall — struck the realm 16 years in the past.
Ida presently has most sustained winds of 150 mph. The storm surge might attain as excessive as 16 ft from Port Fourchon to the mouth of the Mississippi River, in line with the Nationwide Climate Service.
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