Hurricane Ida caused widespread power outages in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Two people were killed and 10 were injured in a road accident on a highway in Mississippi, likely caused by heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ida, officials said.
Three people among the injured were in critical condition, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said Tuesday.
“We had a lot of rain with Ida, a storm,” said Calvin Robertson, officer of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. ‘Part of the highway just washed out.
Seven vehicles plunged into a deep ditch due to the collapse of the highway, local media reported.
Ida, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the US Gulf Coast, has weakened a tropical depression late Monday as it turned over Mississippi, where the system brought heavy rain overnight.
The storm, which flooded Louisiana with rain and killed at least two people in the state, caused widespread power outages in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and caused rescue operations in flooded communities around New Orleans.
According to Tuesday, more than one million customers in Louisiana were left without power Power outage, which collects data from US utilities.
Residents in the hardest-hit areas could experience power outages for weeks, utilities Entergy said Monday. Many water systems in the state were also out. Officials in Jefferson Parish in the metropolitan area of New Orleans have asked residents to save water to prevent backup of sewer systems.
‘I can not tell you when the power will be restored. “I can not tell you when all the rubble will be cleaned and repairs done,” Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday. “But what I can tell you is that we will work hard every day to provide as much help as possible.”
Widespread flooding and power outages on Tuesday also delayed efforts by energy companies to determine the damage to oil production facilities, ports and refineries.
Late Monday, the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said it was the possible death of a The 71-year-old man. His wife told police the man was probably killed by a crocodile while walking in floodwaters. The victim has not been found so far and the incident is still being investigated.
Climate change is driving deadly and catastrophic weather all over the world, including stronger and more damaging hurricanes.
Ida ended up on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, 16 years after Hurricane Katrina, recalling a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people in 2005 and devastated New Orleans.
But a $ 14.5 billion system of dams, flood gates and pumps designed in the wake of Katrina’s devastation worked largely as it was designed during Ida, officials said, saving New Orleans from the catastrophic floods which devastated the area 16 years ago.
The state’s health care systems also appear to have largely escaped catastrophic damage at a time when Louisiana was plagued by a revival of COVID-19 infections that put hospitals under pressure.