Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana

By Fernando Alfonso III, Mike Hayes, Judson Jones, Adrienne Vogt, Meg Wagner, Aditi Sangal, Kathryn Snowdon and Jack Guy, CNN

Updated 8:22 a.m. ET, August 30, 2021
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12:38 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Video shows deteriorating conditions on Grand Isle, Louisiana, as Ida approaches

From CNN's Amanda Jackson

Grand Isle, Louisiana, on August 29, 2021.
Grand Isle, Louisiana, on August 29, 2021. Joshua Legg

Joshua Legg stayed on Grand Isle, Louisiana, to ride out Hurricane Ida and witness the worsening conditions as the storm approaches.

"We’re losing roofs right now," Legg, who is a former police officer, told CNN over Facebook.

Legg said his home is safe and he is in a “cat5 rated structure.” He said he was a police officer for 15 years and still works with SAR (Search and Rescue) to help his community. 

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12:26 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Here's what it looks like inside the eye of Hurricane Ida

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plane captured video from inside the eye of Hurricane Ida on Sunday morning.

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2:00 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Energy provider says some residents could be without power for weeks due to Hurricane Ida

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

Bourbon Street is near empty ahead of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans on August 29, 2021.
Bourbon Street is near empty ahead of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans on August 29, 2021. David Grunfeld/The Advocate/AP

As Hurricane Ida approaches the coast of Louisiana, Energy Louisiana said Sunday some of its customers could be without power for weeks.

“The extremely dangerous storm is expected to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana in the early afternoon today and move through Mississippi. Those in the hardest-hit areas could experience power outages for weeks,” the company said in a statement

The company warned that while 90% of customers will likely have their power restored in a timely manner, flooding and storm damage may prevent crews from accessing certain areas. 

The company said it expects to deploy around 16,000 restoration personnel once the storm passes. 

“Crews are standing by to assess damages and quickly and safely restore power as conditions allow. With the additional requested resources, we anticipate mobilizing a storm team of about 16K to support restoration efforts,” Energy Louisiana tweeted.

According to its website, Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy Louisiana serves approximately 1.1 million electric customers in 58 parishes, the company says.

There are nearly 77,000 customers without power throughout the state currently, according to poweroutage.us.

12:17 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Ida's extremely dangerous eyewall is moving onshore in southeast Louisiana

by CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen

The very dangerous northern eyewall of Hurricane Ida is moving onshore along the southeast Louisiana coast, according to the 12 p.m. EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. 

The eyewall is the most dangerous part of a hurricane, which contains the highest winds. 

The storm continues to pack winds of 150 mph with higher gusts and is still an extremely dangerous, Category 4 hurricane.

The center of Ida was located around 25 miles from Grand Isle, Louisiana. A wind gust of 104 mph was recently reported at Southwest Pass, Louisiana. 

Ida will be making landfall over the next hour or so when the center of the eye is halfway over the coast. Extreme winds and surge will accompany landfall over the next several hours.

12:10 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

More than 65,000 customers without power as Ida bears down on the Louisiana coast

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

There are more than 65,000 customers without power in the state of Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 Hurricane Ida approaches the coast.

There are 65,535 customers without power as a result of Hurricane Ida, according to poweroutage.us.

12:09 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi cancels school due to Hurricane Ida

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos 

The Jackson Public School District in Mississippi announced Sunday it is canceling school and extracurriculars Monday as the state braces for Hurricane Ida. 

“All schools, offices, and departments in the Jackson Public School District will be closed Monday, August 30, due to the threat of severe weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Ida,” the school district said on its website. “All extracurricular activities and practices will also be canceled.”

According to its website, JPSD is the second-largest school district in the state and serves around 21,000 students.

JPSD said its personnel will continue monitoring the situation and provide updates through its website and social media platforms.

12:02 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Home security cameras show water rising in Louisiana

From CNN's Amanda Jackson

Grand Isle, Louisiana, on August 29, 2021.
Grand Isle, Louisiana, on August 29, 2021. Sharlette Landry

Louisiana resident Sharlette Landry's home security cameras captured footage of water quickly rising in her home before it lost power ahead of Hurricane Ida.

"I did prepare, but you can never be prepared for this magnitude of a storm," said Landry, who had evacuated her home in Grand Isle ahead of the storm. "I was very surprised at how fast it rose. I’ve never seen it that high, and I’m sure it’s higher now at my place."

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11:56 a.m. ET, August 29, 2021

Lousiana's St. Tammany Parish issues parish-wide curfew starting at noon

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

St. Tammany Parish has issued an executive order declaring a parish-wide curfew, effective at noon (1 p.m. ET) today, including all municipalities, parish president Michael Cooper said.

The curfew will be in effect until the danger of Hurricane Ida has passed, the parish president said. 

While the curfew is in effect, the only vehicles allowed on the streets within the parish will be those necessary to address life-threatening emergencies, and those under the direction of first responders and utilities, Cooper said.

Landfall of Hurricane Ida is expected shortly, as the parish prepares for 10 inches or more of rain and the possibility of tornadoes. Local roadways are expected to be inundated and impassable because of high water, downed trees and downed power lines, Cooper said.

The parish is planning for widespread power outages, with current reports of over 7,500 power outages already, Cooper said.

2:03 p.m. ET, August 29, 2021

2,400 FEMA personnel deployed throughout Southeast to assist with hurricane impacts 

From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

Jones Park in Gulfport, Mississippi, is flooded ahead of the storm's landfall on August 29, 2021.
Jones Park in Gulfport, Mississippi, is flooded ahead of the storm's landfall on August 29, 2021. Justin Mitchell/The Sun Herald/AP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Sunday it has deployed more than 2,400 personnel in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to assist with the response to Hurricane Ida.

“FEMA is working with its federal, state and local partners as well as non-governmental agencies to support needs of areas affected by Ida. The agency positioned supplies such as meals, water, and generators to assist states with impacts from this storm,” the agency said in a news release Sunday.

FEMA has deployed Incident management assistance teams and liaison officers and set up incident support bases throughout the region.

Deployed assets include 12 urban search and rescue teams in Alabama and Louisiana and a US Army Corp of Engineers power restoration team. 

More than 90 ambulances and emergency medical providers are on stand-by and will assist with evacuations, the statement said. FEMA has deployed air-born ambulances as well, including eight fixed-wing and seven rotary models.

FEMA said 2.5 million meals and 3.1 million liters of water are staged and ready for distribution.

Additional federal assistance teams have been deployed from other agencies as well.

CNN’s Catherine Carter contributed to this report