NEW ORLEANS, L.A. (WGNO/ AP) — As Ida made landfall in Port Fourchon, more than 100,000 people in Louisiana were without power. As you might imagine, that number will dramatically increase over the next few hours.
According to PowerOutage.us, Jefferson Parish has more than 30,000 customers without electricity. St. Bernard and New Orleans Parishes have roughly 20,000 people in the dark. Plaquemines Parish has more than 9,000 outages which represents a majority of customers in the parish.
Entergy has the majority of outages with more than 90,000 across Louisiana, according to PowerOutage.us.
Ida intensified so swiftly overnight that New Orleans officials said there was no time to organize a mandatory evacuation of its 390,000 residents. Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged residents Sunday morning to stay indoors. Those who stayed were warned to prepare for long power outages amid sweltering heat.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said 5,000 National Guard troops were being deployed in 14 Louisiana parishes for search and rescue efforts. And 10,000 linemen were on standby to respond to electrical outages.