The entire city of New Orleans is without electricity after Hurricane Ida roared into Louisiana Sunday, downing transmission lines that deliver power to the city. The storm also resulted in the death of at least one person.
Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana around noon Sunday as a Category 4 storm near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, which is located around 60 miles south of New Orleans. With maximum winds of 150 mph, trees were uprooted and power lines were downed throughout the region.
Ida hit New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that destroyed levies and forced thousands of residents to relocate due to flooding.
“I know that it will take some time to address all of the challenges of this storm, but I am confident in the resilience of our people and the commitment of all of our partners to pull through this, which we will do together,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
More than 1 million customers in Louisiana and 100,000 customers in Mississippi were without power Monday, according to PowerOutage.us.
The power outages included virtually the entire city of New Orleans and most of Baton Rouge.
Entergy, the utility company that supplies power to the region, said that “all eight transmission lines that deliver power into the New Orleans area are currently out of service.” One tower fell into the Mississippi River.
Entergy said it had provided backup generation power to the utilities responsible for water and sewage services.
Still, some areas in the region could be impacted for days or weeks.
NOLA reported that officials in Kenner, a city located a few miles west of downtown New Orleans, told residents they should be prepared to be without water for five days and without electricity for up to three weeks, NOLA reported. Jefferson Parish Councilman Dominick Impastato said the water problem is due to several main breaks.
Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, reported the campus sustained no flooding but had “lots of” tree and shingle damage. Dew said he was “very thankful” the campus had no major damage. The seminary is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
As the storm passed over the city, Fox 8 New Orleans summed up the feelings of many residents with a simple, faith-filled tweet.
“Pray for us,” the tweet read.
Pray for us. pic.twitter.com/z3k48V3wWv— FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) August 30, 2021
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.