Photos show Hurricane Ida’s destruction across Louisiana

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Photos show Hurricane Ida's destruction across Louisiana

Harrowing photos captured as the sun rose in Louisiana showed the true extent of destruction from Hurricane Ida — as more than 1 million people were still without power and officials warned it could be weeks before the grid is fully restored.

The images showed a trail of damage Monday in New Orleans from the Category 4 storm, which slammed into the region Sunday packing winds of up to 150 mph — making it one of the most powerful in US history.

In the city’s French Quarter, the roof of a building next to Jax Brewery was obstructing traffic after it was blown off by the storm’s powerful winds, one photo shows.

Some brave residents ventured outside to survey the damage — including one man who was captured taking a photo of the post-apocalyptic scene.

The storm also destroyed the city’s Karnofsky Music Shop on South Rampart Street.

The Karofsky shop suffers severe damage after Hurricane Ida arrived on the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2021.
Karnofsky Music Shop suffered severe damage after Hurricane Ida arrived on the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2021.
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Flooded streets in  Kenner, Louisiana after Hurricane Ida dumped several inches of rain on the town.
Streets in Kenner, Louisiana are flooded after Hurricane Ida dumped several inches of rain on the town.
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New Orleans Firefighters assess damages as they look through debris after a building collapsed from the effects of Hurricane Ida.
New Orleans firefighters assess damages as they look through debris after a building collapsed from the effects of Hurricane Ida.
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Photos showed the hurricane left the store, where Louis Armstrong once played jazz music and briefly worked, in a pile of bricks, shattered windows and other debris.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Deanne Criswell said they were still assessing the damage from the storm and the full impact wouldn’t be known until later in the day.

“We’re hearing about widespread structural damage,” Criswell told CNN. “I don’t think there could have been a worse path for this storm. It’s going to have some significant impacts.”

Several million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power, according to PowerOutage.US.
Several million people in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power, according to PowerOutage.US.
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According to reports, All of New Orleans lost power right around sunset Sunday as powerful gusts of wind tore through the region. 39 medical facilities also lost power.
According to reports, all of New Orleans lost power right around sunset on Sunday, as powerful gusts of wind tore through the region. 39 medical facilities also lost power.
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2,200 evacuees were staying in 41 shelters across Louisiana Monday morning, according to the governor's office -- a number expected to rise.
2,200 evacuees were staying in 41 shelters across Louisiana as of Monday morning, according to the governor’s office — a number that is expected to rise.
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Ida has claimed the life of at least one person so far — a 60-year-old man who was fatally injured when he was struck by a fallen tree.

Meanwhile, more than a million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power, according to PowerOutage.US.

All of New Orleans lost power right around sunset Sunday as powerful gusts of wind tore through the region.

Louisiana is also bracing for a COVID-19 surge as many people will be in close quarters at shelters.
Louisiana is also bracing for a COVID-19 surge as many people will be in close quarters at shelters.
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The Jax Brewery is now inaccessible due to the large chunk of roof that came off of a building due to Ida's winds.
The Jax Brewery is now inaccessible due to the large chunk of roof that came off of a building due to Ida’s winds.
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The National Guard said they had activated 4,900 Guard personnel and several boats on standby.
The National Guard said they had activated 4,900 Guard personnel and several boats on standby.
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The ferocious storm also caused power outages at 39 medical facilities, which were operating on generators, FEMA said.

More than 2,200 evacuees were staying in 41 shelters across Louisiana Monday morning, according to the governor’s office — a number expected to rise as more residents are rescued from flood-ravaged homes.

The Louisiana National Guard said it activated 4,900 Guard personnel and had 195 high-water vehicles, 73 rescue boats and 34 helicopters ready to provide assistance.

A petrol chemical plant near Highway 61 in Norco, Louisiana that managed to survive Hurricane Ida.
A petrol chemical plant near Highway 61 in Norco, Louisiana managed to survive Hurricane Ida.
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A resident walks past destruction outside a Houma, Louisiana hotel in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
A resident walks past destruction outside a Houma, Louisiana hotel in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
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Ida tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the mainland when it made landfall around the offshore oil town of Port Fourchon around 11:55 a.m. local time Sunday.

Ida was downgraded Monday to a tropical storm, however, heavy downpours could still bring life-threatening flooding, the National Hurricane Center said.

In addition, Louisiana is bracing for a COVID-19 surge amid the chaos.

The roof of a building next to Jax Brewery in New Orleans lies on the ground.
The roof of a building next to Jax Brewery in New Orleans lies on the ground.
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A man runs on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 30, 2021.
A man runs on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 30, 2021.
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“This is a COVID nightmare,” Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for the governor, said.

“We do anticipate that we could see some COVID spikes related to this.”

With Post wires

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