Cataclysmic Damage From Ida Leaves Nearly Entire City Powerless

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In what is surely one of the cruelest coincidences in weather history, an enormously powerful hurricane is making landfall near New Orleans exactly 16 years to the day that the notorious Hurricane Katrina blew ashore.

This storm, named Ida, had transformed into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before pummeling the southernmost parishes of Louisiana, with many meteorologists predicting that this storm could be just as dangerous as, if not more so than, Katrina herself.

To make matters worse, all of New Orleans lost power almost immediately after the storm made landfall.

All of Orleans Parish was without power Sunday night due to “catastrophic transmission damage,” power company Entergy said.

The city’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness said on Twitter that Entergy confirmed that New Orleans has no power and that the only power in the city was coming from generators.

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As Ida barreled through the city Sunday evening, more than 750,000 customers in Louisiana were without power. PowerOutage.us reported 176,000 customers in the dark in Orleans Parish.

At 8 p.m., Jefferson Parish had more than 195,000 customers without electricity, according to PowerOutage.us. In nearby Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, and Terrebonne Parishes, nearly every customer in the parish was without power.

Images of the storm were soon all over social media.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Louisiana tonight.

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