Hurricane Ida Weakens To Category 2, Slowly Moving Inland

By Sarah Tate

August 30, 2021

Photo: National Hurricane Center

As Hurricane Ida stalls over Southeast Louisiana, drenching New Orleans and leaving the city without power, many are left wondering what comes next.

At 11 p.m., the National Hurricane Center advised hurricane-force winds and a "catastrophic" storm surge are expected as the storm moves further inland, and flash flooding will continue in portion of Southeastern Louisiana.

Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon on Sunday afternoon (August 29) on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida hit land as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane and is tied for being the strongest storm ever to hit Louisiana.

The storm slowed down as it crossed Southern Louisiana on Sunday, eventually weakening to a Category 2 strength hurricane, FOX 8 Live reports. Ida is expected to weaken further as it turns north during the night, heading inland before making a northeastern path into Mississippi on Monday and Tennessee on Tuesday.

On Sunday evening, all of the power in Orleans Parish was out after an electrical transmission tower collapsed into the river, according to an official in Jefferson Parish. Between Entergy and Cleco, more than half a million people were without power. To see Entergy's current outages, visit their outage map here.

Check here for a list of contact information for each parish's emergency management centers.

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