Live Updates: Ida Promises More Destruction As Storm Moves Beyond Louisiana

Published August 30, 2021 at 7:19 AM EDT
Motorist stranded in floodwaters in Biloxi, Miss.
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A man helps a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Boulevard on Monday in Biloxi, Miss.

We're focused today on Ida, which poses a significant threat as it moves inland from the Louisiana coast, even after being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Here's the latest:

Power outages: More than a million people are without power across Louisiana and Mississippi. The utility company in Orleans Parish says some people could be without power for weeks. If you’re relying on a generator, follow these safety guidelines.

COVID threat: Louisiana and Mississippi were already overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases before the storm struck. Now providing care is even more complicated.

Katrina anniversary: The hurricane made landfall 16 years to the day that Katrina hit, and the trauma of that time is still fresh for some. This time, though, the levees are holding.

— The Morning Edition live blog team

(Nell Clark, Dana Farrington, Joe Hernandez and Rachel Treisman)