- Hurricane Ida continues to rage in Louisiana as the state’s worst storm ever.
- The first hurricane-related death occurred Sunday after a tree fell on a house in Baton Rouge.
- The hurricane is expected to damage over a million homes.
Hurricane Ida caused its first death in the United States after a tree fell on a house in Prereville, a suburb of Louisiana’s capital Baton Rouge.
Late Sunday night Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook report that a person was killed by Hurricane Ida, which was classified as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds.
The Sheriff’s Office published: “APSO reports first Hurricane Ida-related death. Shortly after 8:30 pm, MPs received reports of a citizen who may have been injured by a fallen tree at a residence off Route 621 in Preriville. The MPs arrived at the scene and confirmed that the victim is now dead. “
Little is known about the victim, but the sheriff’s office posted regular updates on Hurricane Ida, including warning followers of road closures and power outages.
—Blake Levine (@blake_levine) August 30, 2021
More than a million households were left without electricity across the state of Louisiana, while the hurricane also cut off all electricity across New Orleans and the only power came from generators.
Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and left it in ruins. Hurricane Katrina killed 1,833 people.
—NOLA Ready (@nolaready) August 30, 2021
Although Hurricane Ida has yet to claim the lives of several people, One million homes are expected to be damaged or destroyed by the storm on the Gulf Coast.
In fact, the storm is so strong that Hurricane Ida actually changed the course of the Mississippi River… Scott Perrien, hydrologist, told CNN that although Hurricane Katrina saw “a slight change in the direction of the Mississippi River … this is highly unusual.”
The water level in the Mississippi River has risen seven feet due to a storm surge on a USGS sensor located 20 miles south of New Orleans.
“The river is feeling the effects of the storm over a large area,” Perrien told CNN. “All the way to Baton Rouge, the river has risen 1.5 feet in the last 12 hours as the wave rises up the river. And the water level is likely to rise even more in the coming hours here in Baton Rouge. “
Hurricane Ida has been classified as a Category 4 hurricane with a wind speed of 150 mph, making it the strongest storm in Louisiana alongside Hurricane Laura 2020 and Hurricane Last Island in 1856.
In contrast, Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph winds.