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Hurricane Ida slams New Orleans on 16th anniversary of Katrina

Hurricane Ida lashed New Orleans Sunday evening on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — with part of the powerful Category 3 storm's eye wall pummeling the city with extremely heavy winds and rains.

What's happening: Officials confirmed that New Orleans had lost all power "due to catastrophic transmission damage" from the storm, with the only power in the city is coming from generators amid reports of flash flooding from Ida's rains. New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board told WWLTV that it had lost all three feeder lines" from energy provider Entergy.

The big picture via Axios' Andrew Freedman: Ida was stronger at landfall than Hurricane Katrina, but that 2005 storm was much larger. So it drove more water ashore, creating a towering storm surge.

  • Ida was one of the major tests for the city's vast, new hurricane protection system, which was not in place 16 years ago when levees failed.

What they're saying: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards noted on Sunday that the levee system would be tested, but added that "it was built for this moment."

Flashback: Unlike Ida, Katrina weakened before making landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds.

  • More than 1,830 people died, and Katrina caused about $176 billion (in today's dollars) worth of damages — the costliest storm in U.S. history, per AP.

These side-by-side infrared images from @NOAA satellites show the two devastating landfalls of Hurricanes #Katrina and #Ida, which occurred #OnThisDay, exactly 16 years apart.

*Note: Images are not on the same spatial scale.

— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 29, 2021

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