(Reuters) – At least one person has been killed and power outages in Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday when officials warned residents to venture out on roads filled with power lines and debris from Ida, which is still a severe storm. "19459010] Almost no one in the state has electricity and many water systems are also out," said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Emergency 911 was also unavailable in New Orleans in the wake of the powerful Category 4 hurricane that struck the state a day earlier.
The death toll is likely to increase, Gov. Edwards to MSNBC, and he posted on Twitter that the state had deployed 1,600 search-and-rescue personnel.
“Please remain protected on site. "Even though you may be tempted to explore, the conditions are still very dangerous," New Orleans Emergency Medical Services wrote on Twitter.
President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the state and ordered federal aid to bolster recovery efforts.
Ida crashed ashore when Louisiana was already suffering from a recurrence of COVID-1
The arrival of the storm came 16 years after the day after Hurricane Katrina, one of the most catastrophic and deadly American storms on record, hit the Gulf Coast, and about a year after the last Category 4 hurricane, Laura, struck Louisiana.
Federal Emergency Management Bureau Administrator Deanne Criswell said the full impact of the storm would become clear later in the day.
"We hear about extensive structural damage," Criswell said in an interview with CNN. "I do not think there could have been a worse way for this storm. It will have some significant effects.
The Karnofsky store, the first jazz record store in New Orleans, was a pile of bricks after the storm with roofs from other damaged buildings that flooded the city streets.
Federal trails seemed to have held. Hundreds of miles of new ramparts were built around New Orleans after floods from Katrina flooded much of the low-lying city, especially historic black neighborhoods.
Ida dropped some of its blast grinding over southwestern Mississippi on Monday, but the system, downgraded to a tropical storm, could still trigger severe flooding across the region, the National Hurricane Center said. .
Loss of generator power at Thibodaux Regional Health System Hospital in Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans, forced medical workers to manually assist respiratory patients with breathing while moving to another floor, the state health department confirmed to Reuters on Sunday.
The power was cut off Sunday night to the entire New Orleans metropolitan area after all eight transmission lines supplying electricity to the city failed, the electricity company Entergy Louisiana reported.
A trans mission tower collapsed in the Mississippi River, said the Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department.
More than 1 million Louisiana homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday, as were nearly 130,000 in Mississippi, according to the PowerOutage tracking site.  Ida shut down US Gulf Coast energy suppliers, knocked out most of the region's offshore wells and nearly half of motor fuel production, and drove prices largely