By: BNC Digital Staff
Hurricane Ida has officially landed in Louisiana as it coincides with the 16-year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina hit the state.
UPDATE: August 29 at 9:13 p.m.
The entire city of New Orleans lost power Sunday night as Hurricane Ida batters the city with strong winds and heavy rain, one of the city’s energy companies confirmed.
The Category 3 storm has caused “catastrophic transmission damage,” according to Entergy Louisiana.
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New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board said that it’s working to get things back up and running through backup generators, according to Fox 8.
Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana and the Gulf Coast earlier on Sunday as a Category 4 storm.
UPDATE: August 29 at 9:11 p.m.
Red Cross is opening up more shelters for evacuees to keep them safe and comfortable. However, there is the risk of this potentially becoming a super spreader event with the rise.
BNC’s Derrick Lewis spoke to Annette Rowland, spokesperson for the American Red Cross about the importance for safety in the shelters.
UPDATE: August 29 at 8:05 p.m.
Hurricane Ida has weakened into a category three storm as it reaches Baton Rouge. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expects more power outages as a result of the storm.
BNC’s Derrick Lewis reports from the city and spoke to East Baton Rouge Parish president Sharon Weston Broome about how Baton Rouge used Hurricane Katrina to prepare for the storm.
UPDATE: August 29 at 7:16 p.m.
The United States Coast Guard are prepared with resources to help people during Hurricane Ida. U.S. Coast Admiral Steven Poulin said that “the Coast Guard has been preparing for this storm for a number of days. We’ve prepositioned Coast Guard Rescue assets primarily helicopters, planes and shell watercraft in the area.”
UPDATE: August 29 at 7:11 p.m.
BNC correspondent Jamiese Price reports on first signs of damage in New Orleans due to severe winds.
UPDATE: August 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Hurricane Ida is the third lowest pressure storm in Louisiana’s history, behind Hurricane Laura (2020) and Last Island Hurricane (1856).
According to BNC meteorologist Kevan Smith, New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama are under a storm surge warning as some are expecting a storm surge over around six feet.
A seven-day forecast of New Orleans shows that Monday and Tuesday will be raining, according to BNC meteorologist Brittany Lockley.
There are heavy winds and rain in Baton Rouge as the hurricane makes its way to the city. BNC correspondent Derrick Lewis spoke to the chief administrative officer of East Baton Rouge Parish about the emergency response. He said the city is going from preparation mode to response mode.
UPDATE: August 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Some levees are being overtopped in the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish. Others are being trapped in Grand Isle, La., due to rising waters.
“Folks in the Crescent City are experiencing some wind gust of 90 to 100 miles per hour,” said BNC meteorologist Kevan Smith.
UPDATE: August 29 at 6:00 p.m.
New Orleans, which was the most impacted by Hurricane Katrina, has a flash flood warning as there are three inches of rain a day.
BNC meteorologist Kevan Smith also reports that Houma is experiencing winds of over 100 miles per hour with gusts of 145 miles per hour.
The storm is heading towards Baton Rouge as preparations were happening over the weekend. BNC correspondent Derrick Lewis reports from the city as there are shelters for people who don’t feel safe in their own homes.