Electricity was not flowing into the city of New Orleans late Sunday night, power officials said as Hurricane Ida ravaged much of Louisiana, damaging buildings, uprooting trees and scattering debris along roads.
Due to the “catastrophic intensity” of Ida, all eight transmission lines supplying power to New Orleans were out of service, Entergy officials said in a press release on Sunday. The situation caused a load imbalance and resulted in the shutdown of all electricity generation in the region.
The City Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said the only power in town late sunday came from generators.
More than 850,000 customers were affected by the outages early Monday morning, according to Entergy’s outage map.
Some customers who were in the direct path of the hurricane could experience outages for up to three weeks, according to Entergy. But 90 percent of customers will have it repaired sooner, it said.
Requests for comment from Entergy about the worst affected areas and the next phases of the power recovery were not immediately answered early Monday.
When the storm passed over the city on Sunday, entergy said: that crews from at least 22 states and Washington, DC joined the recovery efforts.
The company said it was assessing the damage and finding a way to restore power to areas that could still receive it. It added that it had provided backup generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.
About a million customers statewide were without power early Monday morning, according to utility reports compiled by PowerOutage.us. Most outages were reported in the southeastern part of the state.