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State officials said power and communication outages made search and rescue efforts difficult. Entergy, Louisina’s largest utility, has announced that they do not yet know the source of the power outages, and they expect it to take days to determine the damage caused by the hurricane and the “Weeks” to fix power outages.
Stating that a large transformer that supplies electricity to New Orleans collapsed in the Mississippi River as a result of the hurricane, Entergy Company President Philip May pointed out that the transformer in question did not ‘had never been damaged in Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago. Entergy, explaining that its teams of 4,500 people assessed the damage, said more than 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) of power lines were down.
The Louisiana governor’s office called the hurricane’s damage to energy infrastructure “catastrophic.”
US President Joe Biden announced they were coordinating with businesses to eliminate power and cell phone blackouts, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unmanned observation plane was put into service to detect damage to energy infrastructure.
Biden also announced that he had requested satellite photos of the area from the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security to assess the damage. Telecommunications companies, on the other hand, have confirmed major outages in the region, and AT&T announced that 60 percent of its cell phone network is available in Louisiana, while T-Mobile has 70 percent.
Hurricane Ida, which reached a speed of 241 kilometers per hour (150 miles), swept the Louisiana coast around 12:30 p.m. local time on Sunday. As search and rescue efforts continue in the area, where 1 person has died from the hurricane, there are concerns that the death toll will increase.
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