One week ago, Hurricane Ida hit and utterly devastated cities in Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center initially labelled it as a Category 4 hurricane with winds reaching 150 miles per hour. The record shows that there have been 13 deaths related to the storm and greater than 520,000 homes and establishments that are without electricity. Louisiana’s leading electricity company, Entergy, has had their hands full as around 24,000 people were attempting to restore their power.
Residents in the hurricane’s initial center, New Orleans, are said to be getting power by Wednesday, however, places that are still trying to recover (Lafourche, Lower Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Charles, and Terrebonne) aren’t expected to receive power until the end of the month. The long wait can be blamed mostly on the amount of electrical equipment that was damaged by the storm. More than 22,000 power poles, 26,000 spans of wire, and 5,261 transformers were obliterated by Ida’s trajectory, that is more equipment lost than in hurricanes Katrina, Zeta, and Delta combined. In the effort to aide the recovery process, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has agreed to house various Entergy workers on its ship, Grand Classica, as they provide power for New Orleans.
The governor released a new statement earlier in the week regarding the storm, “Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana. It is our goal to assist our local agencies and the citizens of the state as quickly as possible, and we have prepositioned search and rescue teams, boats and other assets to begin helping people as soon as it is safe.” Ida has tied with both Hurricane Laura of 2020 and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as the most powerful storm ever. Interstate 10, one of Louisiana’s major means of transportation from the eastern to the western part of the state, was closed due to fallen trees and dangerous roadways. Guy McInnis, president of the St. Bernard Parish, has reported that 22 barges have loosened during the hurricane and although they won’t damage any levees, they might collide with other buildings or structures.
Hurricane Ida has been traveling northeast, reaching as far as New York, and giving time for Louisiana to recover. The nation hopes the few cities still in need of power will be receiving it soon, and as far as the storm goes, we have hope that it will come to an end soon without taking any more lives in the process.