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Hurricane Ida was moving north over southeastern Louisiana late Sunday, finally weakening to a Category 2 storm nearly 10 hours after it made landfall. It had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. By 1 a.m. local time on Monday, Isa was barely a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

The storm made landfall at 11:55 a.m. CDT as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center warned throughout the day about catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding in southeastern Louisiana.

In a visit to FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., President Biden said his administration has prepared resources, including equipment and response teams, that will be needed after Hurricane Ida passes.

"This is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane," the president said.

Although the center of the storm on Sunday night remained 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, the city was already feeling the effects, including widespread power outages that later left the entire city in the dark. New Orleans Lakefront Airport reported sustained wind of 58 mph, and a roof had already blown off a building in the French Quarter.

The storm hit Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. New Orleans officials insisted the city's levees system, which had failed during Katrina and flooded the city, had been fortified since then.

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A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quaeter by Hurricane Ida winds, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New Orleans. Eric Gay / AP
 

Ida barely retaining hurricane status

Hurricane Ida weakened to a Category 1 hurricane early Monday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. When winds go below that mark, Ida will be classified as a tropical storm.

The center said Ida was moving north over southeastern Louisiana with "dangerous storm surge, damaging winds, and flash flooding" continuing. 

By Brian Dakss
 

Power outage spreads to all of New Orleans, mayor says

Hurricane Ida has knocked out power to the entire city of New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell tweeted late Sunday night. 

"We have now lost power, citywide! This is the time to continue to remain in your safe places. It isn't a time to venture out!!" she said.

All eight transmission lines that deliver power to New Orleans were out of service, according to Entergy, the utility for the area, CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL reported.

"Catastrophic damage to our transmission system, all of Orleans Parish is currently without power," an Entergy spokesperson said.

By Brian Dakss
 

How COVID is creating a challenge during Hurricane Ida

How COVID is creating a challenge amid Ida 04:57
By Jordan Freiman
 

Biden approves Louisiana disaster declaration

President Biden on Sunday approved Louisiana's disaster declaration, the White House announced. 

"The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana," the White House said in a statement.

By Jordan Freiman
 

Ida weakens to Category 2 storm

As of 11 p.m. ET Sunday, Hurricane Ida had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, dropping it down to a Category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was located roughly 30 miles east-southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was traveling north-northwest at 9 mph.

By Jordan Freiman
 

First death in U.S. related to Hurricane Ida reported

At least one person in the U.S. has died as a result of Hurricane Ida, the Ascension Parish Sherriff's Office announced Sunday night.

"Shortly after 8:30 p.m. deputies received reports of a citizen possibly injured from a fallen tree at a residence off of Highway 621 in Prairieville," APSO said on Facebook. "Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim is now deceased."

By Jordan Freiman
 

Power outages hit sewer pumping stations

The power outages in New Orleans have also hit the city's sewage pumping stations, the Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans said in a statement Sunday night.

"Currently there is no backup power to operate any of those that were impacted," the board said. "We are assessing how many of the 84 stations are impacted but the number may be very significant."

The SWBNO asked residents to limit water usage so as not to put more strain on the system.

By Jordan Freiman
 

22 barges break loose on Mississippi River

22 barges loose on Mississippi River 02:16

Twenty-two barges broke loose from their mooring and are drifting on the Mississippi River, St. Bernard Parish officials confirmed Sunday. CBS affiliate WWL-TV has the latest.

 

New Orleans reports "no power" due to "catastrophic transmission damage"

New Orleans officials tweeted that tens of thousands of residents have "no power" and "the only power in the city is coming from generators" as Hurricane Ida continues its trek inland.

 

Hurricane Ida slams southeastern Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm

Hurricane Ida slams southeastern Gulf Coast 02:53

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. The Category 4 storm brings dangerous wind and rain. Omar Villafranca has the latest.  

 

A look at the damage caused by Hurricane Ida

A look at the damage caused by Hurricane Ida 01:14

CBS News' Mireya Villarreal reports from Houma, Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida is carving a path of destruction.

 

Ida finally weakens to Category 3 storm, still has extremely dangerous winds of 125 mph

Over six hours after it made landfall, Ida finally weakened to a Category 3 storm with still extremely dangerous winds of 125 mph. As of 8 p.m. ET, the storm was passing over Mathews, Louisiana. 

The storm is moving northwest at 10 mph as it continued to slam Terrebonne Parish, where Houma is located. The parish's 911 system went down Sunday evening, but within 30 minutes, Terrebonne Parish officials told CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL that it was back up and running. 

By Caroline Linton
 

FEMA administrator on Hurricane Ida: "The threat has not passed yet"

FEMA personnel deploy to help Louisiana 05:23

Deanne Criswell, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss how the U.S. government is responding to Hurricane Ida. She said that resources might be needed to facilitate evacuations and step in to help communities that are also dealing with the COVID pandemic.

 

Ida, still a Category 4 storm, moves north over southeastern Louisiana

Ida continued to move north over southeastern Louisiana, located about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans as of 5 p.m. ET. Catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flashing flooding continues in portions of southeastern Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

Ida still had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, meaning it still had Category 4 strength winds. The storm is expected to remain a hurricane through Sunday night and is likely to weaken to a tropical storm by Monday.

Ida is expected to make a turn north overnight, followed by a slightly faster northeastward motion by Monday night and Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to move further inland over southeastern Louisiana on Sunday night, and then is forecasted to move well inland over portions of western Mississippi Monday and Monday night, and move across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.

By Caroline Linton
 

Louisiana hospitals brace for aftermath of Hurricane Ida amid COVID-19 surge

Louisiana grapples with Ida and COVID-19 06:31

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm Sunday afternoon. Many hospitals in the area were unable to evacuate, and are instead riding out what's being called an "extremely dangerous" storm. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss what the state is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at evacuation shelters.

 

Biden commits "full might" of the country to rescue and recovery after Ida passes

Biden speaks as Hurricane Ida hits 06:46

President Biden arrived in Washington, D.C., Sunday afternoon after meeting with the families of U.S. service members killed in Kabul. Mr. Biden visited FEMA's headquarters for a briefing on Hurricane Ida and its preparations for rescue and response.

"Jill and I are just getting back from Dover Air Force Base in my home state, where we met with the families of 13 fallen heroes in Afghanistan who lost their lives in service to our country," the president said in remarks. 'While we're praying for the best in Louisiana, let's keep them in our prayers as well."

The president said Hurricane Ida has "continued to rage and ravage everything it comes into contact with," and urged Louisiana residents to take it seriously, saying it is a "life-threatening storm."

"To the people of the Gulf Coast, I want you to know we're praying for the best and planning, prepared for the worst," Mr. Biden said. "As soon as the storm passes, we're going to put the country's full might behind the rescue and recovery."

The president said his administration has prepositioned resources, including equipment and response teams, that will be needed after Hurricane Ida passes.

"This is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane," he said, encouraging those in Louisiana to take precautions.

Mr. Biden said the federal government is positioned to help the Gulf region recover "as quickly as possible, as long as it takes."

"Don't kid yourself," he said, "this is going to take a lot of resources, a little bit of luck and as my grandfather would say, the grace of God and goodwill of the neighbors."

By Melissa Quinn
 

Ida makes second landfall southwest of Galliano, Louisiana

Hurricane Ida made second landfall around 3 p.m. ET southwest of Galliano, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said. The maximum sustained winds are 145 mph.

Hurricane conditions are spreading throughout Louisiana. New Orleans Lakefront Airport reported peak wind gusts of 76 mph. An NOAA National Ocean Service tide gauge in Shell Beach, Louisiana, reported a water level 6.8 feet above mean higher high water. 

Governor John Bel Edwards said at a news conference that there are about 1,500 people sheltering in 23 emergency shelters throughout the state, and that number could grow in the aftermath of the storm as people assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ida. 

By Caroline Linton
 

Part of a roof blows off in French Quarter

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A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds on Sunday, August 29, 2021, in New Orleans. Eric Gay / AP

Part of a roof in the French Quarter has fallen into the street near the intersection of Decatur and Toulouse streets, CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL reports

By Caroline Linton
 

About 40 people trapped on Grand Isle

There have been calls for rescue on Grand Isle, but because of deteriorating weather conditions and flooding on Highway 1, Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng says the people still on the island — about 40 people — will need to wait it out until the storm passes, CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL reports

By Caroline Linton
 

Sewage pumps in New Orleans experiencing outages

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans tweeted at 1:30 p.m. ET that a number of Sewage Pump Stations on both the East and West Bank of New Orleans are experiencing power outages, increasing the potential for sewer backups in homes. 

SWB warned residents not to use dishwashers and laundry machines. 

By Caroline Linton
 

Over 167,000 power outages reported in Louisiana

Over 167,000 Louisiana residents are without power as of 2 p.m. ET, according to Bluefire Studios, which tracks power outages nationwide.

Jefferson Parish officials said at a news conference that the numbers are changing rapidly. 

By Caroline Linton
 

New Orleans top emergency official: "There's nobody coming right now"

New Orleans officials give Ida update 25:58

As Hurricane Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, New Orleans officials warned residents to hunker down. Mayor LaToya Cantrell told residents "this is the time to stay inside."

Cantrell and other parish officials said emergency responders would not be able answer calls.

"There's nobody coming right now," said Collin Arnold, New Orleans' top emergency official. "You need to stay inside."

About 260 National Guard members have been sent to the city. A brief 911 outage was reported around 11 a.m. ET, but officials said it was resolved within 10 minutes.

By Caroline Linton
 

Ida makes landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane

 Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, at 12:55 p.m. ET as an "extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane," the National Hurricane Center said. Ida had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure of 930 mb as it made landfall. 

By Caroline Linton
 

Baton Rouge mayor says city "has prepared on every level" for Hurricane Ida

Baton Rouge mayor: City is prepared for Hurri... 04:10

Sharon Broome, the mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, urged residents to take shelter as Hurricane Ida approaches the Gulf Coast.  

 

Northern eyewall of Ida moving onshore on the coast of southern Louisiana

The National Hurricane Center said Ida's northern eyewall is moving onshore on the coast of southern Louisiana. As of 12 p.m. ET, the center of the storm was located 25 miles south-southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana. 

While there is the extreme wind warning in effect, FEMA said the storm is already causing catastrophic flooding.

By Caroline Linton
 

Extreme wind warning in effect for southern Louisiana

The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued an extreme wind warning for the area around Houma, Bayou Cane and Estelle, telling roughly 290,300 residents to take shelter as winds whip the coast:

By Stefan Becket
 

Louisiana governor says Ida will test state "in ways that we've not been tested before"

Louisiana governor says Ida will be "tremendo... 04:17

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards predicted Sunday that Hurricane Ida will be a crucial test of the state and its new hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system.

"This is a major, major storm that's going to test us in ways that we've not been tested before, for a lot of reasons, but this COVID situation is certainly one of them," Edwards, a Democrat, said in an interview with "Face the Nation."

Edwards said the approaching hurricane will be a "real challenge" for the state's hospitals. Less than half of Louisiana's population is fully vaccinated, and the state has high rates of hospitalizations of patients battling COVID-19.

"Evacuating these large hospitals is just not an option because there's not any other hospitals with capacity to take them," Edwards said of COVID patients, though he noted the state's hospitals have stockpiled extra food and fuel for generators in anticipation of Hurricane Ida.

The governor said the state's modeling shows the $14 billion levee system installed around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit should hold. But there are concerns for those along the coast, where the levees aren't as fortified.

"This will be a tremendous test of those systems and quite frankly it's going to be the strongest test we've had yet for the current hurricane and storm risk reduction system itself," Edwards said.

By Melissa Quinn
 

Louisiana prepares for Hurricane Ida landfall

As Hurricane Ida bears down on Louisiana, residents are preparing for a potentially catastrophic storm with life-threatening storm surges and flooding. Correspondent Omar Villafranca reports on preparations in New Orleans:

Louisiana prepares for Hurricane Ida landfall... 00:49
 

"Extremely dangerous" Ida expected to make landfall within hours

The National Hurricane Center says in its 9 a.m. ET advisory that Ida is "extremely dangerous" and is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast later Sunday morning or early in the afternoon.

"Catastrophic wind damage is likely where the core of Ida moves onshore along the southeast coast of Louisiana in the next few hours," the advisory said. The hurricane center said storm surge could reach as high as 16 feet from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

By Stefan Becket
 

Hurricanes Ida and Katrina are similar, but tiny differences are key

Hurricane Ida is looking eerily like a dangerous sequel to 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in American history. But there's a few still-to-come twists that could make Ida nastier in some ways, but not quite as horrific in others.

Ida is forecast to make landfall on the same calendar date, August 29, as Katrina did 16 years ago, striking the same general part of Louisiana with about the same wind speed, after rapidly strengthening by going over a similar patch of deep warm water that supercharges hurricanes.

What could be different is crucial though: Direction and size.

Katrina hit Louisiana from due south, while Ida is coming to the same part of the state from southeast. A day-and-a-half before landfall Ida's hurricane-force winds extended 13 miles from the center compared to 106 miles for the much more massive Katrina at the same time before landfall.

"This has the potential to be more of a natural disaster whereas the big issue in Katrina was more of a man-made one" because of levee failures, said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. Levee failures pushed Katrina's death toll to 1,833 and its overall damage to about $176 billion in current dollars and experts don't expect Ida to come near those totals.

Read more here.

By Associated Press
 

Wind speeds reach 150 mph as Ida gains strength

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Hurricane Ida's position and probable path as of 5 a.m. ET Sunday, August 29, 2021. National Hurricane Center

According to the 7 a.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center, Ida strengthened to have sustained winds of 150 mph, with faster gusts. It would become a Category 5 storm, the highest category, if it reaches sustained winds of 157 mph.

The hurricane center said the storm was about 60 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, traveling northwest at 15 mph.

By Stefan Becket
 

Florida power utility crews deploy to Louisiana to help with Hurricane Ida recovery efforts

As all eyes are on Hurricane Ida's looming landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast, crews from Florida are heading out to help with power restoration efforts after the storm hits. CBS affiliate WKMG-TV's Amanda Castro reports:

Florida power utility crews deploying to Loui... 01:49
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