Odell Beckham Jr., Joy-Ann Reid And More React As Ida Hits The Southeast

Hurricane Ida

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In 2004, millions of people across Louisiana, Mississippi and several other southeastern states were left to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Katrina hit. Seventeen years later, Lousiana and Mississippi are left to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Ida hit. Thankfully, the death toll is not nearly as high, but one life has already been lost after a tree fell on a home in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. In addition, more than 1.1 million people have been left without electricity across Louisiana and Mississippi. Most notably, 200,000 homes and businesses across the city of New Orleans have been left without electricity, according to Power Outage. Throughout the day, first responders will assess the damage and attempt to rebuild what has been lost. This is a process that will take weeks to complete.

"We are ending what was a terrifying night for many individuals waiting for their rescue," Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng told NBC News.

"Today is the day we are going to see the damage."

As the storm continues to wreak havoc on parts of the southeast, several public figures have offered support for those impacted by Hurricane Ida.

After making landfall over the weekend, the National Hurricane Center has downgraded Ida to a tropical storm. With that said, the storm still has the potential to do damage in portions of Mississippi. Throughout 2021, Tennessee has lost more than two dozen lives to flooding across the state. Most recently, WSMV reported that more than 20 lives were lost due to flooding in the greater Nashville area in mid-August. While flooding is not expected to reach the level that it did last week, officials are instructing Tennesseeans to be prepared for the worst.

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