Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana as a Category 4 storm

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  • Ida made landfall like a hurricane in Louisiana on Sunday and became a tropical depression on Monday.
  • More than a million people had no electricity on Tuesday, and some could be without it for weeks.
  • Hospitals in the area were near full capacity with COVID-19 patients and the storm put a strain on emergency services.
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Tropical depression Ida is expected to bring heavy rains and flooding as authorities warn of power cuts lasting several weeks.

Ida made landfall like a hurricane in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Sunday, the same day Hurricane Katrina hit the region 16 years ago.

It hit land as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph. It was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday and a tropical depression a few hours later.

Ida still brings a strong threat of rain, flooding and flash floods to the Tennessee and Ohio valleys and the central and southern Appalachians and the central Atlantic on Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center warned. .

“There is no doubt that the days and weeks ahead are going to be extremely difficult for our state and many, many people are going to be tested in ways that we can only imagine today,” the governor said. Louisiana John Bel Edwards to the press Sunday. conference. “But I can also tell you that as a state we have never been so prepared.”

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