Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocks out New Orleans power
By KEVIN MCGILL and JAY REEVES - Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Emergency officials say Hurricane Ida has knocked out power to the entire city of New Orleans, hours after blasting ashore as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S. The citys Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness said on Twitter that energy company Entergy confirmed that New Orleans has no power as of Sunday night, and that the only power in the city was coming from generators. The message included a screen shot that cited “catastrophic transmission damage” for the power failure. The National Weather Service said Ida, which came ashore as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, had weakened to a Category 3 storm as its eye moved west of the city Sunday night.