Ida Knocks Out Power To New Orleans

Some customers who were in the direct path of the storm may be without power for weeks.

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Ida knocked out power to much of New Orleans.

Buildings in downtown New Orleans were lit by backup generators early Monday after Hurricane Ida knocked out power to most of the city.Credit…Eric Gay/Associated Press

Aug. 30, 2021, 7:12 a.m. ET

There was no electricity flowing into the city of New Orleans late Sunday night, power officials said as Hurricane Ida thrashed much of Louisiana, damaging buildings, uprooting trees and spreading debris along roadways.

Because of Ida’s “catastrophic intensity,” all eight transmission lines that deliver power to New Orleans were out of service, Entergy officials said in a news release on Sunday. The situation caused a load imbalance and resulted in a failure of all power generation in the region.

The city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said that the only power in the city late Sunday was coming from generators.

As of early Monday morning, more than 850,000 customers were affected by the outages, according to Entergy’s outage map.

Some customers who were in the direct path of the hurricane may experience outages for up to three weeks, according to Entergy. But 90 percent of customers will have it restored sooner, it said.

Requests for comment from Entergy about the hardest hit areas and the next stages of restoring power were not immediately answered early Monday.

As the storm swept across the city on Sunday, Entergy said that crews from at least 22 states and Washington, D.C. were joining the recovery efforts.

The company said it was working to assess damage and identify a path forward to restore power to areas that could still receive it. It added that it had provided backup generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.

About one million customers statewide were without power early Monday morning, according to reports from utility companies compiled by PowerOutage.us. The majority of outages were reported in the southeastern part of the state.

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