More than 957,000 customers in Louisiana were without power on Monday morning, August 30, after storm Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane just before midday Sunday, according to electricity suppliers Entergy Louisiana and Cleco.
Among them were more than 19,000 Entergy customers in St John the Baptist Parish, about 25 miles west of New Orleans, where on Sunday afternoon storm chaser Mike Remaley captured footage showing multiple downed power lines along Highway 61 in LaPlace.
President and CEO of Entergy Louisiana Phillip May told NOLA.com that it could be days before the company had a clear damage assessment, and even longer before power is fully restored across the state. May said eight major transmission lines that provide power to the New Orleans region were non-functional, and that a transmission tower that “didn’t waver” when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 had collapsed into the Mississippi River near Avondale.
“With extensive damage, we have a lot of rebuilding ahead of us,” Entergy Louisiana tweeted on Monday. The company also warned people to stay away from downed power lines as they “may still be energized.”
Cleco said Monday morning that crews had been working earlier but “all restoration work in south Louisiana” had stopped “due to heavy rain and high winds.”
Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday morning, as it moved over southwestern Mississippi. The National Hurricane Center warned that a “dangerous storm surge, damaging winds, and flash flooding” would persist across southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Credit: Mike Remaley via Storyful