Photos: The Louisiana coast is left with serious damage after Hurricane Ida. Remnants of Ida brought historic flooding to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Updated September 1, 2021 at 4:37 PM ET
Hurricane Ida nearly doubled in strength in a day, fueled by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. More than 800,000 people are without power in Louisiana after Ida barreled through the state.
A massive relief effort is underway across the Gulf Coast following the worst of Ida's tear through the region, as the storm has knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses and left at least two people dead.
Ida has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and continues north.
"This is one of the strongest storms to make landfall in modern times," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a Sunday afternoon briefing.
Ida landed on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, blamed for 1,800 deaths in 2005.
During Katrina 16 years ago, the federally built levees and floodwall system failed, and 80% of New Orleans was inundated with catastrophic flooding.
Since then the federal government spent billions of dollars to upgrade and this time the levees, floodwalls and floodgates held up.
But strengthening the flood protection system in New Orleans couldn't spare some neighboring communities from Ida's destructive storm surge.
Here is a look at the area.
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