Photos: Hurricane Ida pummels Louisiana leaving over a million without power

Historic buildings in New Orleans suffered intense damage from Hurricane Ida, which pummeled the city with strong winds on Aug. 29
Historic buildings in New Orleans suffered intense damage from Hurricane Ida, which pummeled the city with strong winds on Aug. 29
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Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana last night, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Winds up to 150 mph (230 kph) and torrential rain that led to flash flooding destroyed numerous homes and buildings. The storm completely knocked out the electrical grid in New Orleans and the surrounding area, leaving more than 1 million people without power.  Flooding left people trapped in their homes and even led some to climb into attics to escape the rising water.  Search and rescue teams set out in boats and helicopters to rescue people trapped in their homes by flooding. So far, one death has been associated with the storm, but Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said that he expected the death toll to rise “considerably” today (Aug. 30).

The storm, which was predicted to be the strongest to hit Louisiana since the 1850s, landed on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,800 people and caused $100 billion in damage. The full scope of the damage from Ida remains to be seen, but early reports show many partially and fully collapsed buildings. In an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America, Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, called the damage “significant” and emphasized that the federal agency was directing many resources to the state.

The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads inland, but the places where it has struck now have to deal with the aftermath. There is particular concern for area hospitals, which have already been overrun with a surge of Covid-19 patients.

An aerial shot of a winding road, and house flooded by hurricane waters. A partially submerged car can be seen on the road.
Flooded streets in Kenner, Louisiana after Hurricane Ida makes landfall.
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A demolished building with crumbling red brick and wooden beams in the foreground. A standing building with white sides and grey roof remains in the background.
The Karnofsky shop, a historic New Orleans jazz landmark, suffers severe damage after the hurricane.
Image: Reuters/Devika Krishna Kumar
A man walks past a destroyed struture, where aluminum sheets and wooden supports have been twisted by hurricane winds.
A local resident walks past hurricane destruction outside a hotel in Houma, Louisiana.
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two people sit on a raft boat on a flooded street in front of a sign that reads "LaPlace" and "New Orleans"
Highway 51 is flooded after Hurricane Ida struck LaPlace, Louisiana.
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White electrical utility trucks sit on a street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Energy power crews work to restore power in New Orleans.
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A electrical pole and line is seen leaning steeply over a road, damaged by a hurricane.
A damaged electric line in Kenner, Louisiana, after the hurricane.
Image: REUTERS/Marco Bello
A woman wearing a black rain jacket walks down a street in front of a sign during heavy rains.
A woman walks in the rain as Hurricane Ida makes landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
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A man wearing red shorts holds his head in distress, standing in front of his collapsed house
Dartanian Stovall looks at the house that collapsed with him inside during the height of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.
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