Hurricane Ida’s death toll rose to at least four after a highway collapse in Mississippi, millions of people were still without power, and flooding remained a threat on Tuesday as the storm remnants monster were moving to other states.
“Some of these cars are stacked on top of each other,” Mississippi Highway Patrol Cp said. Cal Robertson said. Two deaths have been confirmed in Louisiana, including one person affected by a fall from a tree outside Baton Rouge and later a driver who drowned in New Orleans. Governor John Bel Edwards said at least 671 people were rescued from floodwaters in Louisiana on Monday afternoon.
Electricity remained cut Tuesday to more than one million homes and businesses in Louisiana and 90,000 others in Mississippi, Alabama and Virginia, according to the network monitoring website poweroutage.com.
Ida roared on the Gulf Coast near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday with winds of 150 mph before heading northeast toward the Mississippi. Ida had calmed down to tropical depression status over the Mississippi on Tuesday and had sustained winds of 30 mph. The National Weather Service warned that heavy rains and the threat of flooding would spread from the valleys of Tennessee and Ohio to the mid-Atlantic states on Wednesday.
“Significant flash floods are possible,” meteorologist Alex Lamers said.
Hundreds of people rescued in Louisiana, where more than a million people no longer have electricity; 2 dead
Two dead in Mississippi highway collapse
Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when their vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a freeway collapsed after Ida passed through George County, Mississippi. Torrential rains may have caused the collapse, and drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them was gone Monday night, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cp. Cal Robertson said. Seven vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. A crane was brought in to pull them out of the hole, which Robertson said was 50 to 60 feet long and 20 to 30 feet deep.
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Over a million people remain without electricity; some might be dark for 3 weeks
More than a million homes and businesses in Louisiana were left in the dark on Tuesday, meaning more than 2 million state residents remain in the dark, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The Entergy Louisiana utility said some customers could experience outages for more than three weeks. Damage to eight power lines turned off the parishes of New Orleans and Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines, as well as parts of the parishes of St. Charles and Terrebonne, the company said. A transmission tower collapsed, causing the conductor and tower wires to land in the Mississippi River.
Entergy New Orleans CEO Deanna Rodriguez said it was too early to estimate when electricity would return to all customers.
“It will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Deanna Rodriguez. “We are working as safely and quickly as possible … but we must all be prepared for the recovery to take time.”
Ida creates “pandemic powder keg” for parts of Louisiana
Hurricane Ida hit parishes in Louisiana, mobilizing hospital and health resources. Experts fear that Ida’s impact will worsen the spread of COVID-19 in lower parishes across the state, where some vaccination rates only make up about a third of the population and cases have reached highs. record levels. Overcrowded shelters, delayed treatments and flooded hospitals and intensive care units is a recipe that puts under-vaccinated communities at serious risk of further infections, experts said. The unvaccinated represent the majority of deaths and hospitalizations.
“This is a pandemic powder keg,” said pediatrician Irwin Redlener, founding director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
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Alligator tears off man’s arm in floodwaters
A man was attacked by an alligator in floodwaters near the town of Slidell, just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, said Jason Gaubert, spokesperson for St. Tammany Fire District No. 1, at USA TODAY. Gaubert said the attack tore off the man’s arm and his wife went to call for help. When she returned, he had disappeared in the floodwaters. The man’s body was not found and authorities were investigating. Jefferson Ward President Cynthia Lee Sheng noted that some swamps had been inundated and the dangers were real to first responders and people living in the area.
“It’s an area that has a lot of swamps, alligators, very dangerous conditions,” she told CNN, adding that some areas have experienced flooding “beyond the chest. to the top of the roof “.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.