'Catastrophic' Ida claims the first victim

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'Catastrophic' Ida claims the first victim: A 60-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on his home as a hurricane knocked out power for a million people, including Nola, and hundreds were stranded in 12-foot floodwaters after breaking through dams.

Hurricane Ida made landfall in the US mainland at 11:55 a.m. EDT Sunday, flooding the buffer island of Grand Isle as it came just west of Port Fortune, Louisiana.

The wind speed was 150 mph with gusts of up to 165 mph. The eye is 17 miles in diameter, bringing life-threatening floods, thunder and lightning, storms, and hurricanes to areas along the Gulf Coast.

Ida maintained Category 4 winds for about six hours after making landfall around 1 p.m. EDT Sunday before turning into a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 120 mph.

By 11 p.m. EDT Sunday, the hurricane was downgraded to Category 2. This means that the storm, which is no longer a significant hurricane, had sustained winds of 110 mph; After midnight, I weakened to first class.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents were stranded in Jefferson Parish and St. John the Baptist as floodwaters exceeded 10 meters, and high winds made it impossible for first responders to reach them.

Late Sunday, authorities announced the first death of a 60-year-old Louisiana man who died from a tree fall at Ascension Paris.

According to officials, all of New Orleans is without power as the number of electricity-deprived residents across southern Louisiana was at least 940,000 as of 11 p.m. EST Sunday.

Louisiana utility officials said "catastrophic transmission damage" caused blackouts across New Orleans and the Parish of Orleans.

In L'Avourche Parish, officials said the 911 line and phone lines serving the diocese office were down; Locals are advised to call 985-772-4810 or 985-772-4824

A generator failed in the intensive care unit of the Thibodaux Regional Health System in L'Avourche Parish, forcing hospital staff to carry and transport patients on life support machines to another ward at the facility where electricity is still present.

Fears of a barrier breach have grown in the wake of Category 3 Hurricane Katrina, which devastated Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago on Sunday.

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