More than a week after Hurricane Ida hit the region, hundreds of thousands of Louisiana homes and businesses, and thousands in Mississippi, remain without power—just as a new storm front is moving in.
According to PowerOutage.us, the numbers amounted to 495,384 Louisiana customers and 4,656 in Mississippi without power as of Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for southeastern Louisiana early Monday.
Showers and thunderstorms were expected, with the heaviest capable of producing three inches of rain, or more, in a brief period of time.
Utility group Entergy said in a company statement Monday morning: “Storms could hamper restoration in areas where conditions become unsafe for our restoration team to continue its work.”
Entergy also reported that 54% or 513,000 of its customers had already had their power restored, out of 948,000 total who lost power during Hurricane Ida.