Ida Death Toll Rises to 4 as New Orleans Faces Long Blackout

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The death toll from Hurricane Ida has climbed to at least four and more than 1 million homes and businesses in New Orleans and southern Louisiana remain without electricity after the storm left the power grid in tatters.

More than 25,000 workers from at least 32 states are mobilized to assist with power restoration efforts and officials have warned it could take weeks before normal service resumes in some areas. The widespread outages mean spoiled food in the fridge, no air conditioning and limited ability to recharge devices. Gas stations without power won’t be able to pump.

By Tuesday, almost 1.1 million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi lacked power according to PowerOutage.us. As difficult as the days ahead will be, many local officials expressed relief that the situation wasn’t worse. New Orleans’ levees, flood gates and pumps held fast even as Ida dumped more than a foot of rain on the region, passing their biggest test since a $14.5 billion restoration after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

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