Total damage and economic loss from Hurricane Ida will fall between $70 billion and $80 billion, Accuweather’s Dr. Joel N. Myers said Monday.
The weather service, which predicted significant wind damage along with storm surge and inland flooding with mass power outages, believes the power outages could last for a week or longer and will result in a near complete shutdown of New Orleans and surrounding cities and towns, Meyers said.
"Power outages will exacerbate extreme discomfort" caused by heat and humidity and will result in mold growth in impacted areas, he added, in addition to issues for people who rely on electronic medical equipment, such as CPAP machines.
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In addition, Myers said, "damage to Louisiana’s emergency response system will also add to economic losses as well as damage sustained by hospitals, already overrun with COVID-19 patients."
However, Louisiana will not be the only state affected by the storm, as areas hit by previous hurricanes Fred and Henri like Mississippi and Tennessee will also experience additional flooding which may be extensive and dangerous in some areas as rapidly rising water will continue to be hazardous to lives and properties in those areas causing infrastructure damage and disruption to lives.