Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana and Mississippi on August 29. It was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States. Emergency response crews have been hard at work.
Winds reached 150 miles per hour. Rain brought major flooding. At press time, four people had died. Many more were injured.
More than a million homes and businesses lost electricity. Power may not be back for weeks, officials say. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and no one is under the illusion that this is going to be a short process,” John Bel Edwards says. He’s Louisiana’s governor.
When the storm was over, temperatures topped 85°F. High humidity made the heat feel worse.
Those who returned home after evacuating have faced challenges. Stephanie Blaise lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her power was still out, so she hoped to stay for only a short time. “I’m going to have to convince him to leave,” she said of her father, who came with her. “Can’t stay in this heat.”
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