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Hurricane Ida 2nd Only to Katrina in Intensity for Louisiana

Hurricane Ida is now the second most intense hurricane to strike the state of Louisiana on record, only behind Hurricane Katrina.

Ida’s strength tied for the strongest landfall in the state by maximum winds with Hurricane Laura in 2020 and the historical 1856 Last Island hurricane.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said that the damage is “catastrophic,” and the death toll would go up “considerably.”

“The damage is really catastrophic,” Bel Edwards told NBC on Monday morning. “This storm packed a very powerful punch. It delivered the surge that was forecasted, the wind that was forecasted, and the rain.”

As it approached and made landfall on the Louisiana coast, Ida reached its peak intensity with winds of 150 mph and a minimum central barometric pressure of 929 mbar.

“Well, we have one confirmed death. I don’t want to tell you what I’m hearing, because what I’m hearing points to a lot more than that. They’re not yet confirmed, and I really don’t want to go there,” Bel Edwards said. “I’m certain that as the day goes on, we will have more deaths.”

An Ascension Parish man was killed when a tree fell on his home.

Nearly 600,000 people in New Orleans urban area lost power, and 400,000 more in the wider Louisiana region with a total of more than one million out.

The French Quarter in New Orleans experienced severe damage including destroyed roofs and building collapses. The historic Karnofsky Shop collapsed.

Severe damage was recorded across the coastal areas of Louisiana, including in New Orleans, Golden Meadow, Houma, Galliano, LaPlace, and Grand Isle. 

An emergency flood warning was issued for Braithwaite when one of the levees was overtopped.

In Houma, whiteout conditions were recorded, with flying debris and many houses damaged or destroyed. 

Many homes were destroyed in Galliano, with many trees uprooted, cars overturned and power lines brought down. The Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Galliano was damaged, losing a significant amount of the roof.

One of the ferries used on the Lower Algiers-Chalmette route across the Mississippi River broke free of its mooring during the hurricane, drifted up the river, and then ran aground.

A section of the Gulf Outlet Dam was overtopped by the storm surge. 

The Mississippi River was decided near Belle Chase flowing in reverse due to the volume of the surge. The St. Stephen Catholic School in New Orleans lost its roof.

An anemometer in Port Fourchon recorded a gust of 172 mph when Ida came ashore.

Major damage was reported in Jefferson Parish, where nearly every home reported missing or destroyed roofs. A major power transformer tower in was twisted and destroyed, leading to widespread blackouts. 

Four hospitals in the state were damaged, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning.

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