1M+ customers without power as Ida knocks out all transmission lines into New Orleans

More than 1 million people were without power this morning in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to PowerOutage.us, after Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds near Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

The storm struck Sunday evening and has since weakened to a tropical storm, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The “catastrophic intensity” of the storm resulted in Entergy losing all eight transmission lines delivering power into New Orleans, the utility said in a statement Sunday evening. The loss of transmission led to a load imbalance which resulted in generation dropping offline.

Entergy said it was working to assess damage and “identify a path forward to restore power.” Experts say after making immediate repairs, the utility should consider undergrounding some critical lines.

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