Half a million without power in Louisiana, Mississippi amid new flash flood warnings

The presidential motorcade drives previous an region affected by Hurricane Ida as U.S. President Joe Biden starts his tour of the hurricane-affected regions in Louisiana, September 3, 2021.

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Much more than a week just after Hurricane Ida created landfall in the area, hundreds of 1000’s of Louisiana homes and firms, and thousands in Mississippi, remained without energy as a new storm front moved in, threatening restoration attempts.

In accordance to PowerOutage.us, the numbers amounted to 495,384 Louisiana consumers and 4,656 in Mississippi with no electric power as of Monday afternoon.

The National Weather conditions Services issued a flash flood view for southeastern Louisiana early Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms had been envisioned, with the heaviest capable of making 3 inches of rain, or far more, in a brief time period of time.

“Soil ailments are saturated or nearly saturated and weighty rainfall might promptly guide to flash flooding,” the warning explained.

Utility group Entergy explained in a enterprise assertion Monday morning: “Storms could hamper restoration in regions where by problems develop into unsafe for our restoration workforce to go on its work.”

Entergy also noted that 54% or 513,000 of its customers experienced currently experienced their electricity restored, out of 948,000 overall who lost power during Hurricane Ida.

About 902,000 of effected Entergy prospects ended up in Louisiana. As of Monday, the company stated it had restored power to nearly fifty percent of these, or 467,000, like about 66% of people experiencing blackouts in New Orleans. In New Orleans, 69,000 Entergy customers remained without power as of Monday early morning.

As Gizmodo not too long ago reported, Entergy has a history of protesting policies that would direct to bigger use of renewable vitality, and investments in solar and strength storage devices in Louisiana. Aside from making energy from clean, renewable sources, these types of programs typically make the grid more secure anywhere they are developed, and can enable supply or restore electrical power in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Entergy wrote that amid the new flash flood warnings in the region, “restoration instances extend to no afterwards than September 29,” for the most difficult hit communities, these kinds of as St. Charles Parish and Terrebonne Parish. Which is a full thirty day period right after Hurricane Ida produced landfall.