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

  • More than a million customers still without power in Louisiana
  • High winds knock out transmission lines amid summer heat
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Ida’s Wrath Tests New Orleans’ Post-Katrina Infrastructure
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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.