The region in the United States that was hit by Hurricane Ida last week and the subsequent power outages also faces a new problem on Wednesday: extreme heat. In southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi, a 42 degree sensation temperature is expected on Wednesday. This is why centres open in and around New Orleans where people can hide in air-conditioned rooms. On social media, dizzying images of the storm go around.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell and police chief Shaun Ferguson of the city of New Orleans have called on residents evacuated not to return until the power grid is restored. In addition to the heat, the city is feared for looting. Some arrests have been made in recent days and the city has set a curfew from 8 pm to 6am until further notice. “Theres no reason people need to be out on the streets in the evening,” police chief Ferguson said at a press conference.
In the course of Wednesday, some parts of the main network, which brings power to the city, should have been restored. After that, according to Mayor Cantrell, we can work on restoring the distribution lines, which bring electricity to households.
Death toll to 6
The death toll due to Hurricane Ida ran to six on Tuesday. Two power workers in the state of Alabama died when working on repairs to the grid, news channel NBC reports. Previously, four people died from the storm, two in the state of Louisiana and two in Mississippi. A seventh man is missing, he probably died walking through a flood zone where he was attacked by an alligator.
Sixteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina died in this US more than 1,800 people. The dikes and other infrastructure that were then built around New Orleans appear to have avoided a lot of suffering, but the exact extent of the damage and the number of victims will not become known until the next few days and weeks, the authorities warn.