Photos: Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana

Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday afternoon as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, with 145 mph winds recorded at Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Published 31 Aug 2021, 09:12 BST
Debris is seen in an intersection in downtown New Orleans on August 29, 2021 after Hurricane ...
Debris is seen in an intersection in downtown New Orleans on August 29, 2021 after Hurricane Ida made landfall earlier in the day. The Category 4 storm was downgraded to a tropical storm as it continued to cut across Louisiana on Monday. At least one death was reported and hundreds of thousands were left without power. The storm landed at 12:55 p.m. Sunday near Port Fourchon, about 100 miles south of New Orleans.
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Hurricane Ida slammed through Louisiana on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead and knocking out power to the entire city of New Orleans with a population of 400,000.

The powerful Category 4 storm made landfall at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday near Port Fourchon, about 100 miles south of New Orleans, and was downgraded to a Category 3, then to a tropical storm as it made it way across the state on Monday.

Ida is among the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and its menacing arrival came exactly 16 years after the deadly Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana—killing more than 1,800 people and causing an estimated $100 billion (£72 billion) worth of damage.

Ida was classified as "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Centre. The overall effects of the storm and its aftermath continue to be assessed.

The downtown skyline along Canal Street in New Orleans is largely shrouded in darkness as electricity throughout Orleans Parish was knocked out by Hurricane Ida. Some relied on generators to light buildings. There is concern that the electrical grid could take weeks to repair. Ida blasted though Louisiana 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc.
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Montegut Fire Chief Toby Henry walks back to his fire truck in the rain as firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, Louisiana as Hurricane Ida made its presence known. The powerful Category 4 storm struck the coast of Louisiana with 150 mph winds and was later downgraded to a tropical storm though still classified as "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Centre.

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New Orleans Police Detective Alexander Reiter looks over debris on Monday from a building that collapsed during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans. The storm knocked out power to all of New Orleans and inundated coastal Louisiana communities on a deadly path through the Gulf Coast that is still unfolding and promises more destruction.

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Hotel staff brace a door to keep it from opening in high winds after the hotel lost power in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Ida. The Department of Homeland Security said the storm battered the southern state of Louisiana.

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Vehicles are damaged after the front of a building collapsed during Hurricane Ida on August 29, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building by Hurricane Ida in the French Quarter area of New Orleans.

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A man uses his cell phone to take pictures of high waves along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in southeastern Louisiana as Hurricane Ida nears landfall on Aug. 29, 2021. Ida arrived on the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast. Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and left an estimated $100 billion (£72 billion) worth of damage in its wake.

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Traffic moves bumper to bumper along I-10 West as residents evacuate towards Texas before the arrival of Hurricane Ida in Vinton, Louisiana. Photograph taken with a drone.
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Ann Colette Boudreaux comforts her grandson, Abel, ahead of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ida barrelled through Louisiana after making landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane Sunday afternoon.

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A young girl blocks her face from the wind and rain produced by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Utility workers battle the wind from Hurricane Ida as they wait for the storm to pass to begin repairs in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ida made landfall on Sunday southwest of New Orleans.
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A news crew documents effects from Hurricane Ida as storm surge pushes water from Lake Pontchartrain over Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans on August 29, 2021.
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A person seeks shelter at a train stop ahead of Hurricane Ida's arrival in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Terry Shelvin loads a case of water and food into his car in Lafayette, Louisiana as Hurricane Ida approaches on Sunday.
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Jean-Luc Bourg, 8, catches a spider in front of his sister Olivia, 10, as his parents Jean Paul and Christina enjoy a glass of wine after boarding up their property in preparation for Hurricane Ida in Morgan City, Louisiana.
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Crews reopen a levee flood gate across Louisiana Route 1 after motorists missed a closure deadline and became trapped ahead of Hurricane Ida in Golden Meadow, Louisiana.
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A man bikes along the Mississippi River near the French Quarter as the sun rises and the early effects of Hurricane Ida are felt before landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisian shortly before 1 p.m. eastern standard time on Sunday as a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds.
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Rain soaks a wall of sandbags in Montegut, Louisiana before Hurricane Ida makes landfall on August 29, 2021.
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