A Louisiana man who drowned inside his automotive has been confirmed because the second demise from Hurricane Ida, state officers stated Monday.
The person, who was not recognized, died on Interstate-10 whereas attempting to drive via floodwaters, the Lousiana Division of Well being introduced on Twitter.
“LDH sadly confirms the demise of a male who drowned after his automobile tried to undergo floodwater close to I-10 and West Finish Blvd. in New Orleans,” the publish stated. “His age is unknown right now pending ID of the sufferer.”
On Sunday night time authorities stated a 60-year-old man was crushed to demise when his automotive was hit by a falling tree in Ascension Parish — the primary casualty of the storm after it slammed Louisiana as a Class 4 hurricane.
Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards stated Monday that officers count on the demise toll from the monster storm to rise “significantly” as search and rescue crews department out.
Ida slammed the Louisiana coast with 150-mph winds and harmful storm surges, knocking out energy to greater than 1 million utility prospects, downing timber and sparking flash floods which have stranded tons of of residents.
Ida weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall however is anticipated to convey heavy rains, flash floods and harmful storm circumstances via a lot of the US Southeast via late Wednesday.
Ida additionally hit the state’s hospitals arduous, compounding the COVID-19 disaster in Louisiana that has well being care services at capability — forcing 4 to completely evacuate.
Ochsner Well being, the state’s largest hospital system, stated greater than 160 sufferers had been being moved Monday as turbines failed after the storm ripped off roofs and flooded a number of services, NOLA.com reported.
Different hospitals reported “vital harm” from the storm, whereas others reported they had been working low on backup energy Monday.
“I hate to say it this fashion, however we’ve lots of people on ventilators at this time and so they don’t work with out electrical energy,” Bel Edwards stated.
Lousiana has been among the many states hardest hit by the COVID-19 Delta variant.
In keeping with the Louisiana Division of Well being, the state has 2,684 COVID sufferers in hospitals, with the pandemic totals now at greater than 12,000 deaths and almost 380,000 confirmed instances.