Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana

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Clinic's roof ripped off by winds from Hurricane Ida
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What we covered

  • The latest: Ida weakens to a tropical storm with life-threatening flash flooding continuing Monday.
  • Overnight: At least one person is dead and nearly half the state of Louisiana is without power including the entire city of New Orleans.
  • Track the storm: You can follow Ida’s path here.
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Ida weakens to a tropical storm with life-threatening flash flooding continuing Monday

Ida has weakened to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 60 mph.

The primary hazard throughout Monday will be life-threatening flash flooding, but dangerous storm surges, damaging winds and tornadoes continue to be threats. 

The storm surge warning has been discontinued from Morgan City to Grand Isle, Louisiana. The hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been discontinued west of Grand Isle, Louisiana. 

All remaining areas under a hurricane warning have been replaced with a tropical storm warning and stretch from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River. 

This includes Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and the New Orleans metro.

Tennessee Emergency Management asks residents to prepare for Hurricane Ida impacts

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) on Sunday advised residents across the state to prepare for possible impacts from Hurricane Ida.

“Hurricane Ida’s remnants may reach the west and middle portions of Tennessee on Monday evening through Tuesday with heavy rain and flash flooding possible over the same areas as last weekend’s flood emergency. The SEOC is monitoring the situation and preparing if response operations are needed,” TEMA said in a news release.

TEMA asked for residents to prepare now before Ida arrives.


Prepare now before Hurricane Ida impacts Tennessee:

  • Know the flooding risk for your area.
  • Have a plan in place if Flash Flood warnings are issued and you need to evacuate.
  • Have multiple ways to receive weather information and updates.
  • Download the ReadyTN app, or any app providing weather updates to your smartphone.
  • NOAA weather radios can provide alerts and warnings for your area and can operate on batteries.

New Orleans residents may experience difficulties reaching 911

The New Orleans 911 service is currently experiencing technical difficulties, according to the Emergency Communications Center for the City of New Orleans.

“If you find yourself in an emergency, please go to your nearest fire station or approach your nearest officer. We will update you once this issue has been resolved,” the center said early Monday in a tweet.

New Orleans has lost power after Hurricane Ida slammed the area.

“This is the time to continue to remain in your safe places. It isn’t a time to venture out!! We will get through this together!” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a tweet.

Power outages extend to Mississippi

Significant power outages continue in Louisiana due to Hurricane Ida – while in neighboring Mississippi, 71,894 customers are in the dark, according to PowerOutage.US.

Overall, there are 1,082,955 customers in both states without power.

Phone lines down at Emergency Operations Center in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

The phone lines at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in St. Charles Parish are currently down due to Hurricane Ida, according to an alert sent to parish residents and posted on the St. Charles Parish Facebook account.

“Our normal EOC phone lines are down due to Hurricane Ida. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. If you need to report something to the EOC or Public Works please email,” the the alert said.

In an earlier parish Facebook post, residents were cautioned to stay inside their homes.

“While the most significant impacts of Hurricane Ida have passed, all residents are advised to remain in their homes while we assess damages and clear roads,” the post said.

“We are working in conjunction with St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and Fire Services to clear roads from dangerous downed power lines, trees and damaged infrastructure such as water lines, gas lines and sewerage systems.”

American and United cancel outbound flights from Jackson, Mississippi international airport

American Airlines and United Airlines have canceled outbound flights from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport on Monday, the facility announced via Twitter.

American expects to resume departing flights on Tuesday, the airport added.

Dozens of patients to be moved after Louisiana health centers damaged

Roof and water leaks at some Ochsner Health System facilities in Louisiana mean dozens of patients will have to be relocated, officials said.

Ochsner Health Chief Operating Officer Mike Hulefeld said all 21 patients in St. Anne Hospital in Raceland would be removed, as well as 45 patients at the Chabert Medical Center in Houma.  

 “We will have to move some patients sometime early tomorrow morning, late tonight or early tomorrow morning, probably 3, 4 or 5 o’clock tomorrow morning,” Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas said.

With the ongoing power outage in New Orleans, the Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway is now using well water, Thomas added.

"I've never seen water like this in my life," Jean Lafitte mayor says

The Louisiana town of Jean Lafitte has been “totally devastated” by Hurricane Ida, with rescuers unable to reach hundreds of stranded residents after a vehicle wiped out a bridge, Mayor Tim Kerner Jr. told CNN.

Kerner said the majority of the community of 1,500 people, on Bayou Barataria in Jefferson Parish, about 30 miles south of New Orleans, had been evacuated. But “we have about 300 people, 200 people still there,” he added.

“We’ve suffered flooding before. We suffered storms before. But I’ve never seen water like this in my life. It just hit us in the worst way possible and it was such a massive storm that it just totally devastated us,” Kerner said.

More than 1 million customers are without power in Louisiana

A nearly deserted Canal Street is seen in New Orleans, on Sunday, August 29.

More than 1 million customers in Louisiana are without power, according to monitoring site PowerOutage.US.

As of 12:47 a.m. ET, power outages had hit 1,006,861 customers in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

In neighboring Mississippi, 48,515 customers are without power.

Now a Category 1 hurricane, Ida slowly weakens

Hurricane Ida continues to slowly weaken with sustained winds now at 95 mph, which is a high-end Category 1 hurricane.

Damaging hurricane-force winds continue with a gust up to 111 mph measured by a station in Mandeville, Louisiana.  

The storm is currently located about 5 miles west of Killian, Louisiana, and 30 miles east-southeast of Baton Rouge. 

National Weather Service urges residents in these Louisiana cities to seek higher ground

A flash flood emergency has been issued for the Louisiana cities of Hammond, Tickfaw and Ponchatoula until 1 a.m. ET. 

As much as 5 to 9 inches of rain has already fallen in Hammond – and another 4 to 8 inches is expected.

President Biden declares major disaster in Louisiana

President Joe Biden speaks at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters on August 29, in Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden has approved the state of Louisiana’s request for a major federal disaster declaration.

Biden’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in 25 parishes, according to a White House statement Sunday.

“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the statement said.

The move by the White House also makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and hazard mitigation measures statewide.

People are trapped in flood waters in LaPlace, Louisiana, National Weather Service warns

The National Weather Service in New Orleans is warning that very heavy rain in LaPlace, Louisiana, from Ida’s eyewall is causing flash flooding that has trapped residents.

“Reports coming in of people trapped in homes in LaPlace,” the NWS said in the Flash Flood Emergency that was issued for the location. “Water completely surrounding a hotel. Numerous people requesting to be rescued,” the alert said.

Between 6 and 12 inches of rain have fallen with Ida’s passage, and 4 to 6 inches more are possible in the area.

Here's where Ida is now — and where the storm is going next

Ida remains a category 2 hurricane with winds of 105 mph as it continues to push northward through Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. ET update.

Ida is now about 30 miles east-southeast of Baton Rouge and 40 miles west northwest of New Orleans.

Here’s a look at the storm’s latest forecast path:

New Orleans won't get power back tonight, energy provider says

All of Orleans Parish, including the City of New Orleans, will remain in the dark Sunday night as crews continue to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ida, regional energy provider Entergy said in a statement.

All eight transmission lines that deliver power into the city are out of service at this hour, according to Entergy.

This triggered “a load imbalance in the area and resulted in generation in the area coming offline,” the energy provider said.

Entergy has provided back-up generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board but cautioned that power to the city will not be restored Sunday night.

A New Orleans news station's roof was damaged in the hurricane

After its roof was damaged by Hurricane Ida’s winds, local New Orleans news station WGNO had to partially evacuate its newsroom and studio as water began coming through the ceiling.

WGNO said that, “water came through the roof Sunday after whipping winds from Hurricane Ida caused serious damage to the building that houses WGNO’s studios.” 

The water and roof damage, the station said, did not affect their coverage of the storm.

A photo posted on Twitter by WGNO reporter Chris Welty shows that the sky is visible in one place where the ceiling has collapsed.  

National Weather Service urges residents in these 2 Louisiana parishes to seek higher ground

A flash flood emergency has been issued for St. Charles Parish and St. John The Baptist Parish in Louisiana until 1:30 a.m. ET. 

Heavy rainfall of 6 to 10 inches has fallen with additional amounts of 4 to 6 inches more expected. 

St. John the Baptist Parish is being inundated with 911 calls for rescues because of flooding

St. John the Baptist Parish is being inundated with 911 calls for rescues because of flooding from Hurricane Ida, parish communications director Baileigh Helm told CNN.

Helm says that first responders are still unable to go out and respond to rescue calls because weather conditions remain poor.