A rescue team member helps evacuate a woman after Hurricane Ida on Jan.
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Communities in the southeast have been hit by Hurricane Ida after the storm system devastated power grids and water systems in the scorching heat.
More than a million customers in Louisiana were without power, like that PowerOutage.us. About 52,000 power losses in Mississippi.
Since Ida hit land on Sunday, utility teams have moved in to assess the damage to the city’s electricity grid, a process that will likely take days, according to the electricity company Entergy. The restoration of the electrical transmission will “take much longer,” said the company in a tweet on Monday.
In the meantime, eighteen water systems have failed, affecting more than 312,000 people, and another 14 systems serving 329,000 people have been under boiling water advice Associated Press reported. Local residents are rushing to find fresh drinking water and ice, as well as long-life food.
Petrol for filling cars or generators is also becoming more and more difficult. That is, regional prices are expected temporarily rise, said the American Automotive Association.
“There’s no point in staying,” one resident told CNBC Frank Holland when refueling. “Our water is rubbish. It’s just too hard to stay here.”
Highway 51 will flood in LaPlace, Louisiana after Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021.
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All of this happens in the sweltering late summer heat. Heat warnings were in effect for some parts of Louisiana and Mississippi where heat index values could reach 106 degrees.
Ida hit land over Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with winds reaching 250 mph, one of the strongest storms to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is moving across the Tennessee River Valley and is expected to trigger heavy rainfall in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and through the central Atlantic region through Wednesday.