Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana, destroying electricity in New Orleans

New Orleans-Hurricane Ida landed in the United States on Sunday and became one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the United States. It caused power outages across New Orleans, roofs of buildings were blown away, and the Mississippi River rushed into the country from the coast of Louisiana. One of the important industrial corridors.

On the same day that Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago, a Category 4 storm hit Category 3 Hurricane Katrina, and it was about 45 miles (72 Km). Ada’s wind speed is 150 mph (230 km/h), making it the fifth strongest hurricane ever to hit the continental United States. A few hours later it descended to a Category 3 storm with a maximum wind speed of 115 mph (193 km/h). When it crawled inland, its eye was 30 miles (48 km) west of New Orleans.

The rising ocean flooded the barrier island of Grande Island, because the landing point was just west of the Port of Fulchion. About two hours later, Ada made a second landing near Galliano. The hurricane swept the wetlands of southern Louisiana, and more than 2 million people lived in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

“This will be much stronger than what we usually see, and frankly, if you have to chart the worst path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it will be very, very close to what we are seeing,” Governor John Bell Edwards told the Associated Press.

When the hurricane passed through the warmest waters in the world in the northern Gulf of Mexico, people in Louisiana were in a huge storm after they grew at a rate of 45 mph (72 km/h) in 5 hours. Wake up.

According to city officials, the entire city of New Orleans went out of power later on Sunday. The city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said on Twitter that the energy company Entergy confirmed that the city’s only electricity comes from generators. The message includes a screenshot that references “catastrophic transmission damage” from a power failure.

The awning was torn apart by the wind, the water of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans overflowed, and the boat came loose from the mooring. The New Orleans Coast Guard office has received more than a dozen reports of barge disengagement, said non-commissioned officer Gabriel Westdom. According to Jefferson Diocese officials, a loose barge rammed a bridge in Lafitte, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of New Orleans.

Ricky Boyette, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that elsewhere, engineers found “negative flow” on the Mississippi River caused by storm surges.

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Edwards said that when Ida went ashore, he watched a live video near the Port of Fulchion.

“The storm surge is huge. We can see that the roofs of port buildings in many places have been blown away,” Edwards told the Associated Press.

Officials said that Ada quickly intensified from several thunderstorms to a huge hurricane in just three days, leaving the 390,000 residents of New Orleans no time to organize a forced evacuation. Mayor LaToya Cantrell (LaToya Cantrell) on Sunday urged residents who stayed in the city to “squat down.”

Marco Apostolico said he was confident of weathering the storm at his home in the Lower 9th District of New Orleans, one of the city’s worst-hit communities, when the embankment broke down during Hurricane Katrina and released a lot of flooding.

His home is one of the houses rebuilt with the help of actor Brad Pitt to withstand the strong winds of the hurricane. But the memory of Hurricane Katrina is still shrouded in the recent storm.

“It obviously has a lot of heavy feelings,” he said. “Yes, potentially terrifying and dangerous.”

Ada’s worst areas include petrochemical plants and major ports, which may suffer major damage. Due to low vaccination rates and highly contagious delta variants, the region has also been in trouble due to the resurgence of COVID-19 infection.

The New Orleans hospital plans to survive the crisis when the beds are almost full, because other hospitals that are also under pressure have little space to accommodate evacuated patients. Shelters for people fleeing their homes face the additional risk of becoming an outbreak point for new infections.

Forecasters warn that wind speeds exceeding 115 mph (185 km/h) threaten Houma, a city with a population of 33,000 that supports Gulf oil platforms.

The hurricane also threatened neighboring Mississippi, where Hurricane Katrina destroyed beach houses there. As Ida approached, Claudette Jones was evacuated from his home east of Gulfport, Mississippi, and the waves began to hit the coast.

“I pray that I can return to my normal home as I left,” she said. “This is what I prayed for. But I’m not sure now.”

Compared with August 29, 2005, the landfall of Hurricane Katrina severely affected the residents preparing to welcome Ada. Hurricane Katrina caused the collapse of the New Orleans dyke and catastrophic flooding, killing 1,800 people. Ada’s hurricane-intensity wind extends 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the eye of the storm, which is about half the size of Hurricane Katrina, and an infrastructure official in New Orleans emphasized that the city is “very different” from 16 years ago . “

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Ramsey Green, deputy chief administrative officer of infrastructure, said that since Hurricane Katrina, the dike system has undergone extensive overhaul. Although water may not seep into the dam, Green said that if the forecasted rainfall reaches as high as 20 inches (50 cm), the city’s underfunded and neglected network of water pumps, underground pipelines and surface canals may not be able to keep up.

According to PowerOutage.US, which tracks power outages across the country, approximately 815,000 customers around Louisiana had power outages on the Sunday after nightfall.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is in contact with more than 1,500 refineries, chemical plants and other sensitive facilities, and will respond to any reported pollution or oil spills, agency spokesperson Gregle Glenley said. He said that after the storm, the agency will deploy three mobile air monitoring laboratories to sample, analyze and report any threats to public health.

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Louisiana’s 17 refineries account for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. refining capacity, and its two LNG export terminals account for approximately 55% of U.S. total exports. According to data from the energy company S&P Global Platts, government statistics show that 95% of oil and gas production in the Gulf Coast region was shut down as Ida landed on Sunday.

Louisiana also has two nuclear power plants, one near New Orleans and the other about 27 miles (approximately 43 kilometers) northwest of Baton Rouge.

President Joe Biden approved the emergency declarations of Louisiana and Mississippi before Ida arrived. He said on Sunday that the country is praying for Louisiana and will fully support rescue and recovery efforts after the storm has passed.

Edwards warned his state to prepare for a recovery that may take several weeks.

The governor said at a press conference: “Many, many people will be tested in ways we can only imagine today.”

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Reeves reports from Gulfport, Mississippi. Associated Press writers Rebecca Santana, Stacey Plaisance and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi; Jeff Martin in Marietta, Georgia; Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland; Frank Bajak in Boston; Michael Biesecker and Martin Crutsinger in Washington; Pamela Sampson and Sudhin Thanawala in Atlanta; and Jeffrey Collins of Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report.

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