Just 8 days after Category 4 Hurricane "Ida" hit New Orleans, knocking out power to the entire city, 71 percent of Entergy New Orleans customers have had their power restored, company executives announced on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Ida made landfall on August 29, 2021, bringing catastrophic storm surge, maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph), and heavy rains -- leaving more than 1 million customers without power (45% of the state).1
"We’ve never seen anything this large. Even with Katrina, the damage was extended to multiple states. With Ida, nearly all of the damage is here in Louisiana,” said Joe Book, sr. manager of distribution engineering for Entergy in Louisiana.
Image credit: Entergy Louisiana
As of Monday, September 6, 71% of the city of New Orleans has the power back on, a big jump from only 39% on September 5.2
"Eight days after being struck by one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the United States, we have restored more than half of the 902 000 LA customers who lost power due to the storm," Entergy New Orleans said.
According to the Entergy New Orleans CEO Deanna Rodriguez, the company was still on track to restore most of New Orleans’ power by September 8, excluding some areas on the eastern edge of Orleans Parish which are outside of the levee system. Those areas are expected to regain power in late September.
"We are still on track to have 90 percent of our customers restored by Wednesday, September 8," Rodriguez said.
As of 12:00 UTC on September 7, 415 499 customers across southern Louisiana are still without power, down from more than 1.1 million on August 31. Of the total number of customers currently without power, 369 000 are Entergy users.
Power outages in New Orleans on August 31, 2021. Credit: NASA/Earth Observatory, USGS/Landsat 8 — OLI, NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP — VIIRS. The only power available to the city was coming from power generators.
1 Category 4 Hurricane "Ida" hits Louisiana on Katrina's 16th anniversary, leaves more than 1 million homes without power - The Watchers
2 Eight days after Hurricane Ida, 71 percent of New Orleans electricity restored - The Lens
Featured image credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Black Marble data courtesy of Ranjay Shrestha/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.