Over 100,000 customers in southern Louisiana were without power Sunday as "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Ida made landfall as a high-end Category 4 storm near Port Fourchon, according to power outage monitors.
Why it matters: Ida is bringing "catastrophic effects" to Louisiana with storm surges, extremely high winds and dangerous rainfall flooding.
What they're saying: Entergy Louisiana, one energy provider in the state, said in a statement Sunday that people could be without power weeks after the storm passes.
- "Every storm is unique. Based on historical restoration times, customers in the direct path of a Category 4 hurricane can experience outages up to three weeks and beyond three weeks for a Category 5 hurricane," the company said.
The big picture: At landfall, the storm's maximum sustained winds were 150 mph, which is close to Category 5 intensity, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.
- President Biden on Friday approved Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' state of emergency declaration, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in the state.