Hurricane Ida’s first death confirmed by Louisiana authorities


Louisiana authorities on Sunday evening reported the first death from Hurricane Ida after a 60-year-old man was fatally injured when he was struck by a fallen tree.

The fatality was reported in Ascension Parish, which is northwest of New Orleans, at about 8:30 p.m. native time at a house off Highway 621 in Prairieville, authorities stated.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies responded and confirmed the death.

“Tragically, we have our first death of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana,” Gov John Bel Edwards stated in a press release. “Please shelter in place and stay safe. We will begin damage assessments and search and rescue missions as soon as it is safe in the morning.”

Earlier Sunday Ida barged ashore within the state as a harmful Category 4 storm packing winds of up 150 mph.

The storm crawled inland and dropped to a Category 2 storm, thrashing New Orleans because it handed inside 30 miles of town.

All of New Orleans misplaced energy within the storm, metropolis officers stated.

About 97 % of close by Jefferson Parish was with out energy as a important transmission tower collapsed into the Mississippi River, WWL radio reported.

“A transmission tower went down,” Jefferson parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng advised the outlet.

“This is near the Avondale area. This tower, my understanding is, served a large portion of New Orleans, the Eastbank, this is a major tower.”

Jesse Perez, center, and Sergio Hijuelo walk through flooded streets near Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Ida nears, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New Orleans.
Ida is presently swirling about as a Category 4 hurricane.
This GOES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.
Authorities are saying the regularly rising stormed killed somebody by way of a falling tree.

Over 1 million prospects had been with out energy in two Southern states impacted by Ida — greater than 930,000 in Louisiana and 28,000 in Mississippi, based on PowerOutage.US, which tracks outages nationwide.

With Post wires