Hurricane Ida left more than a million people without electricity and has so far caused “catastrophic damage” in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the White House.
The “extremely large and powerful” hurricane made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Sunday and left massive destruction and flooding in its wake, causing “catastrophic damage” to power supplier transmission systems, White House press secretary Jen said Psaki during a press briefing on Monday.
It could take weeks to restore power to many areas, the White House said. This would leave people without refrigeration or air conditioning, as temperatures are expected to stay in the 80s this week.
Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest hurricanes recorded in the United States The storm notably left all of New Orleans without electricity, devastating the region on the 16th anniversary of deadly Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region in 2005.
Of human origin climate change Storms are becoming more powerful, according to climate researchers, with hurricanes causing stronger winds, releasing more precipitation and intensifying more quickly, with devastating consequences for affected communities.
The communities most vulnerable to climate change – including those who experience slower recoveries in stride climatic disasters – are disproportionately poor, Black and Latinx. Louisiana and Mississippi have disproportionate black populations.
Even though Ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it is expected to continue producing heavy rainfall and flooding remains a threat as the storm moves to other states, including Tennessee, the White House has warned.
More than 3,600 responders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been deployed to the region and are focusing on search and rescue, medical evacuations, the provision of emergency food and shelter and the recovery of the l power supply.
More than 2,200 people have sought refuge in dozens of shelters in Louisiana so far, the Associated Press reported. Emergency shelter officials are taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Psaki said.
There was one sharp increase in COVID-19 cases since July both in Louisiana, where only 41% of residents are fully vaccinated, and in Mississippi, where only 38% of residents are fully vaccinated.
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