The Breakdown of Hurricane Ida


Daniel Heiser

A breakdown of the weather pattern of Hurricane Ida, courtesy of WKRG, Gulf Coast News.

Brooke Edgington, Staff Writer

Hurricane Ida is the second most intense Hurricane to strike the U.S state of Louisiana on record; happening on August 26, 2021. The Louisiana Department of Transportation shut down an estimated 22 miles of interstate, of which 10 were the result of fallen trees on the roadway. I-10 is a major thoroughfare  connecting the eastern part of the state to the west. More than one million people are without power in the region, according to power outages in the U.S including more than 990,000 in Louisiana and more than 30,000 in Mississippi. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said they received reports shortly after 8:30 pm. CDT of a person injured from a fallen tree in Prairieville, Louisiana, about 18 southeast of Baton Rouge. Deputies arrived to the scene and confirmed the victim’s death, the APSO said in a statement on the social media site Facebook. It’s the first death reported from the south.

As a result of 10 to 12 breaks in a levee, Lee Sheng said 100 percent of structures on Grand Isle are damaged and 40 perfect are “either completely destroyed with just the piling showing, or maybe just a wall standing up. She encouraged those still in the area to leave: “We do not have the services that a basic community has. These are not conditions to be living in.” Louisiana residents who stayed behind surveyed the damage on Tuesday and expressed a lingering feeling of having been hit by something far stronger than they expected. Many houses around his suffered roof damage, and some that were supported on low cement pilings had “drifted off,” he said, and were now awkwardly perched in a neighbors yard. But two days after the storm, the relief that residents might have felt at having dodged one devastating possibility dissipated in the sweltering heat and the dispiriting search for an open store to buy basics.