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Hurricane Ida left more than a million Louisiana residents without electricity.  Now comes the heat.


More than a million people in Louisiana, including all of New Orleans, were left without power after Hurricane Ida ravaged the state over the weekend. Now forecasters are predicting parts of the state will see a heat index value – a measure of actual temperature feeling – up to 106 degrees, triggering two heat advisories.

“Today’s heat advisory poses a big challenge,” says National Weather Service noted on Twitter. “You might not feel it today, but it will wear you out over the next few days. Recovery is a (marathon), not a sprint.”

The advisory is in effect for parts of southwestern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana, including the cities of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Liberty. The first notice expires Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. local time; the second runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on Wednesdays.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Owens said Tuesday temperatures are normal for the region at this time of year, but the heat advisory emission scale has been adjusted to account for outages in Widespread currents in the midst of Hurricane Ida.

“Usually the heat hits the middle numbers before we start issuing an advisory, whereas today we lowered it,” Owens told CBS News. “Depending on whether the power comes back or not soon, we’ll put it back where it normally is.” “

Hurricane Ida left more than a million Louisiana residents without electricity.  Now comes the heat.
Homes are flooded following Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021, in Lafitte, Louisiana.

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Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least two people. More than a million were left without electricity, and the state electricity supplier warned that residents be in the dark for more than three weeks.

Governor John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said authorities “are doing everything” to restore electricity “as soon as possible”.

The Weather Service recommends that people on heat advisories stay hydrated, stay out of the sun, watch loved ones and neighbors, and be aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke. heat.

“Make paper fans,” Owens advised. “You absolutely have to put some reflective material on the outside of the window to reflect the sun, things of that nature. Be in the shade as much as possible. Take frequent breaks while you work.”

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