Half 1,000,000 with out energy in Louisiana, Mississippi amid new flash flood warnings

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

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Greater than every week after Hurricane Ida made landfall within the area, tons of of 1000’s of Louisiana houses and companies, and 1000’s in Mississippi, remained with out energy as a brand new storm entrance moved in, threatening restoration efforts.

In line with PowerOutage.us, the numbers amounted to 495,384 Louisiana prospects and 4,656 in Mississippi with out energy as of Monday afternoon.

The Nationwide Climate Service issued a flash flood look ahead to southeastern Louisiana early Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms had been anticipated, with the heaviest able to producing three inches of rain, or extra, in a short time frame.

“Soil circumstances are saturated or practically saturated and heavy rainfall might rapidly result in flash flooding,” the warning mentioned.

Utility group Entergy mentioned in an organization assertion Monday morning: “Storms might hamper restoration in areas the place circumstances develop into unsafe for our restoration workforce to proceed its work.”

Entergy additionally reported that 54% or 513,000 of its prospects had already had their energy restored, out of 948,000 complete who misplaced energy throughout Hurricane Ida.

About 902,000 of effected Entergy prospects had been in Louisiana. As of Monday, the corporate mentioned it had restored energy to just about half of these, or 467,000, together with about 66% of these experiencing blackouts in New Orleans. In New Orleans, 69,000 Entergy prospects remained with out energy as of Monday morning.

As Gizmodo not too long ago reported, Entergy has a historical past of protesting insurance policies that will result in larger use of renewable power, and investments in photo voltaic and power storage techniques in Louisiana. In addition to producing electrical energy from clear, renewable sources, such techniques usually make the grid extra secure wherever they’re constructed, and may help present or restore energy within the aftermath of pure disasters.

Entergy wrote that amid the brand new flash flood warnings within the area, “restoration instances prolong to no later than September 29,” for the toughest hit communities, corresponding to St. Charles Parish and Terrebonne Parish. That is a full month after Hurricane Ida made landfall.