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Hurricane Ida slams Louisiana, Mississippi

A man walks by a roof that blew off a building in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans on Sunday. Associated Press/Photo by Eric Gay

Hurricane Ida slams Louisiana, Mississippi

One of the most powerful storms ever to hit the United States blasted ashore on Sunday. Hurricane Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, La., just before noon as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph. From there, the eye of the storm roared inland, passing just to the west of New Orleans on the same date that Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region 16 years ago. Ida knocked out power to all of New Orleans and is blamed for at least one death, as a tree fell on a home in Prairieville, a suburb of Baton Rouge.

How bad is the damage? Wind tore at awnings, water spilled out of Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans, and boats broke loose from their moorings. Engineers detected a “negative flow” on the Mississippi River as a result of storm surge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Ricky Boyette said. Early Monday, Ida became a tropical storm with winds up to 60 mph. The storm is expected to push northeast through the rest of the week, bringing strong winds and rain through Nashville and Charleston, all the way up to New England.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Jamie Dean’s report on residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

A satellite image of Hurricane Ida on Saturday NOAA

John Smith of Pelican Ice helps stock a gas station on Friday in Jefferson, La., ahead of Hurricane Ida. Associated Press/Photo by Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.



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