As previously predicted by experts, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. Millions of people are living on the Gulf Coast with storm damages including loss of power, flooding and lack of shelter and basic resources.
Now, CNN reports that power outages are expected to last weeks to a month amid rising temperatures. More than one million homes and businesses in Louisiana are without electricity as well as more than 45,000 in Mississippi and 5,000 in Alabama.
“Many of the life supporting infrastructure elements are not operating right now,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Please don’t come home before they tell you that it’s time.”
Though millions of people have already been rescued, the storm’s aftermath is preventing search-and-rescue efforts in certain areas.
Here’s a photographic look at some of the damages sustained to structures and homes in cities along the Gulf Coast, including Louisiana and Mississippi.