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

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

The presidential motorcade drives past an area 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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Extra than a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the state, a whole bunch of thousands of Louisiana homes and businesses, and thousands in Mississippi, remained without power as a new storm entrance moved in, threatening restoration efforts.

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 Provider issued a flash flood watch for southeastern Louisiana early Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms had been anticipated, with the heaviest capable of producing three inches of rain, or more, in a transient time frame.

“Soil stipulations are saturated or nearly saturated and heavy rainfall may fast lead to flash flooding,” the warning said.

Utility team Entergy said in a company statement Monday morning: “Storms may hamper restoration in areas where stipulations develop into 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 misplaced power during Hurricane Ida.

About 902,000 of effected Entergy customers had been in Louisiana. As of Monday, the company said it had restored power to nearly half of those, or 467,000, including about 66% of those experiencing blackouts in New Orleans. In New Orleans, 69,000 Entergy customers remained without power as of Monday morning.

As Gizmodo lately reported, Entergy has a historical past of protesting policies that would lead to greater exhaust of renewable vitality, and investments in solar and vitality storage systems in Louisiana. Apart from generating electrical energy from clean, renewable sources, such systems generally make the grid more stable wherever they are constructed, and can assist present or restore power in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Entergy wrote that amid the new flash flood warnings in the state, “restoration instances lengthen to no later than September 29,” for the hardest hit communities, such as St. Charles Parish and Terrebonne Parish. That’s a plump month after Hurricane Ida made landfall.

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