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Hurricane Ida lashes US Gulf Coast, declared a major disaster

Hurricane Ida has been declared a major disaster by US president Joe Biden, after it wrought havoc into Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico, as a fierce Category 4 storm on Sunday.

It lashed the coast with 150 mile-per-hour winds, torrential downpours and pounding surf which submerged much of the shoreline under several feet of water.

Power knocked out Due To Hurricane Ida

The devastating winds and downpours cased the power to go out on out Sunday night to the entire New Orleans metropolitan area.  One transmission tower collapsed into the Mississippi River, according to various reports.

Images and videos across social media have shown some buildings being completely blown apart.

A Major Disaster

U.S. President Joe Biden declared the event a major disaster and ordered federal assistance for recovery efforts in the parishes.

It is such a coincidence that landfall came exactly 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, which was one of the most catastrophic on record.

On Sunday night, reports came in of the first known U.S. fatality from the storm – a 60-year-old man who was killed by a tree falling on his home near Baton Rouge, the state capital.

Various reports came in of people stranded on their roofs, waiting for help. The phone lines at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in St. Charles Parish have also been reported to be down due to Hurricane Ida, according to a post on the St. Charles Parish Facebook account.

Many people evacuated the city once warnings were issued, however for an estimated 2,450 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state, evacuation was not an option.

Slowly Weakening

Thankfully, Hurricane Ida is continuing to slowly weaken with sustained winds now at 95 mph, which is considered a high-end Category 1 hurricane.