Photos: Hurricane Ida strikes New Orleans on deadly path through Louisiana

  • Hurricane Ida made landfall on the same day when 16 years ago, Hurricane Katrina had ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi. Its 150 mph (230 kph) winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland. More than a million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power according to PowerOutage.us. President Joe Biden said the nation was praying for people caught in the storm and would put its “full might behind the rescue and recovery” effort once Ida passes. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency would stay and help for “as long as it takes.”
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A satellite image shows Hurricane Ida in the Gulf of Mexico on August 29. Hurricane Ida pummeled New Orleans and the Louisiana coast overnight with lashing rain and ferocious gusts, leaving much of the region without electricity and bracing for widespread floods.(European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-3 Imagery, Processed by DG DEFIS via REUTERS)

A satellite image shows Hurricane Ida in the Gulf of Mexico on August 29. Hurricane Ida pummeled New Orleans and the Louisiana coast overnight with lashing rain and ferocious gusts, leaving much of the region without electricity and bracing for widespread floods.(European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-3 Imagery, Processed by DG DEFIS via REUTERS)

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Rain batters N Peters Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, with St. Louis Cathedral visible in the distance on August 29. The storm, wielding some of the most powerful winds ever to hit the state, drove a wall of water inland when it thundered ashore on August 29 as a Category 4 hurricane and reversed the course of part of the Mississippi River, Bloomberg reported.(Patrick T Fallon / AFP)

Rain batters N Peters Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, with St. Louis Cathedral visible in the distance on August 29. The storm, wielding some of the most powerful winds ever to hit the state, drove a wall of water inland when it thundered ashore on August 29 as a Category 4 hurricane and reversed the course of part of the Mississippi River, Bloomberg reported.(Patrick T Fallon / AFP)

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Montegut and Bourg firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, Louisiana as Hurricane Ida passes on August 29. Ida struck New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest tropical cyclone in US history that left much of the city in ruins.(Mark Felix / AFP)

Montegut and Bourg firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, Louisiana as Hurricane Ida passes on August 29. Ida struck New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest tropical cyclone in US history that left much of the city in ruins.(Mark Felix / AFP)

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Montegut fire chief Toby Henry walks back to his fire truck in the rain in Bourg, Louisiana on August 29. The storm was responsible for at least one death, as the Louisiana health department said a man in Ascension Parish was killed when a tree fell on his home.(Mark Felix / AFP)

Montegut fire chief Toby Henry walks back to his fire truck in the rain in Bourg, Louisiana on August 29. The storm was responsible for at least one death, as the Louisiana health department said a man in Ascension Parish was killed when a tree fell on his home.(Mark Felix / AFP)

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Waves crash against the New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29. According to the National Weather Service, Ida drove so much water off the Gulf of Mexico that the Mississippi River flowed backward. In downtown New Orleans, the river has already risen by 7 feet in the last 24 hours.(Michael DeMocker/USA TODAY Network via REUTERS )

Waves crash against the New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29. According to the National Weather Service, Ida drove so much water off the Gulf of Mexico that the Mississippi River flowed backward. In downtown New Orleans, the river has already risen by 7 feet in the last 24 hours.(Michael DeMocker/USA TODAY Network via REUTERS )

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A group of people cross an intersection during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29. The levees, pumps and other infrastructure rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 storm are being put to their biggest test yet. Louisiana’s hospitals are already overwhelmed with more than 2,600 coronavirus patients, Bloomberg reported.(Brandon Bell / AFP)

A group of people cross an intersection during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29. The levees, pumps and other infrastructure rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 storm are being put to their biggest test yet. Louisiana’s hospitals are already overwhelmed with more than 2,600 coronavirus patients, Bloomberg reported.(Brandon Bell / AFP)

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A woman and a child hold on amid strong winds and rain caused by Hurricane Ida, in New Orleans, on August 29. Ida’s 150-mile-per-hour winds tie Louisiana’s hurricane record set by Laura in 2020 and a 19th century storm, Bloomberg reported.(AP / PTI)

A woman and a child hold on amid strong winds and rain caused by Hurricane Ida, in New Orleans, on August 29. Ida’s 150-mile-per-hour winds tie Louisiana’s hurricane record set by Laura in 2020 and a 19th century storm, Bloomberg reported.(AP / PTI)

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A man takes pictures of high waves along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on August 29. More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and about 100,000 in Mississippi were without power on August 29, according to Poweroutage.us.(Gerald Herbert / AP)

A man takes pictures of high waves along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on August 29. More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and about 100,000 in Mississippi were without power on August 29, according to Poweroutage.us.(Gerald Herbert / AP)

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Trees sway in the wind from Hurricane Ida in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29. Ida made landfall amid the final stretch of what’s been a summer of extreme weather in the US and around the globe. Six tropical cyclones have now struck the US, and the high in Portland, Oregon, hit an unthinkable 116 degrees in June, Bloomberg reported.(Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg)

Trees sway in the wind from Hurricane Ida in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 29. Ida made landfall amid the final stretch of what’s been a summer of extreme weather in the US and around the globe. Six tropical cyclones have now struck the US, and the high in Portland, Oregon, hit an unthinkable 116 degrees in June, Bloomberg reported.(Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg)

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Michael Brown, who is homeless, rides out Hurricane Ida from his bed under a highway overpass on August 29. President Joe Biden approved a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana to assist with recovery. While the storm’s impact wasn’t fully clear early on August 30, and first responders didn’t plan to start answering search and rescue calls until sunrise, signs have already emerged that Ida’s toll has been dire.(Scott Olson / AFP)

Michael Brown, who is homeless, rides out Hurricane Ida from his bed under a highway overpass on August 29. President Joe Biden approved a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana to assist with recovery. While the storm’s impact wasn’t fully clear early on August 30, and first responders didn’t plan to start answering search and rescue calls until sunrise, signs have already emerged that Ida’s toll has been dire.(Scott Olson / AFP)

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