Hurricane Stan was a relatively weak but deadly tropical cyclone that affected areas of Central America and Mexico in early October 2005.Photo courtesy of https://pixnio.com.
30 Aug 2021

Two seasonal storms struck USA and Mexico at the same time

One person has been confirmed dead in Hurricane Ida, however the death count is expected to rise in the coming days. One million households and businesses in the state of Louisiana are without electricity. In Mexico, Tropical Storm 

The hurricane is decreasing somewhat  in intensity as it´s moving along and into the state of Mississippi.

Tropical Storm Nora pulled in over Mexico on Saturday. According to Mexico's National Meteorological Service (SMN), the storm was moving at a speed of 12 kilometers per hour and with gusts of up to 65 kilometers per hour.

Heavy rains also affected the coastal cities of Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco, and in the popular resort town Puerto Vallarta, one building collapsed, according to Reuters.

Local media have published photos of damaged roads and fallen trees in several states. At least one person has died and several more are still missing. 

Two storms causing destruction around the Gulf of Mexico at more or less the same time is a not entirely uncommon during the hurricane season.

On Sunday morning local time, Hurricane Ida reached the southern coast of the United States at Port Fourchon in the state of Louisiana, according to the US Hurricane Center NHC. Ironically, this was 16 years ago to the day, since the devastating Hurricane Katrina struck the same area.

Ida was then a category 4 hurricane on a five-point scale. The hurricane, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, has now passed and is moving with a lesser intensity into the state of Mississippi.  

Governor John Bel Edwards states that Ida has caused catastrophic destruction in some aeras.

According to the state police, many roads are blocked by fallen trees, debris and power lines and the road conditions are dangerous. Louisiana residents are consequently urged to continue to shelter in place indoors.

Those stuck in the worst affected parts may need to prepare to have to wait for help some considerable time , according to local police notices on Facebook.

"Extensive search and rescue work is underway right now and I fully expect that the number of deaths will increase significantly during the day," Governor Edwards told MSNBC on Monday.

More than 900 people are involved in the search and rescue operation across Louisiana, according to the governor.

All of New Orleans is without electricity and a total of over one million households and businesses in the state of Louisiana are without electricity, several media outlets report. According to a city council official, residents should be prepared for the fact that in the worst case, it could be dark for "weeks", reports CNN.

In several places, it is also difficult to reach the emergency number 911.

President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Louisiana and has sent 500 federal rescue workers  to help the worst affected areas. More than 5,000 National Guard employees have also been ordered to Louisiana and Mississippi.

About 400 millimeters of rain has fallen in Louisiana in the last 24 hours, according to meteorologists.  The worst affected areas are the southeastern parts of the state.

The storm has since moved over in the southwestern parts of Mississippi and strong winds of 65 km/h were measured according to NHC during Monday.

 

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, more than 1,800 people lost their lives and 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded. Since then, an embankment system has been constructed: an extensive network of pumps, gates and sand and concrete banks have been expanded. 

 

Cover Photo: (Above) Building destroyed in 2005 during Hurricane Stan. Hurricane Stan was a relatively weak but deadly tropical cyclone that affected areas of Central America and Mexico in early October 2005. Photo courtesy of https://pixnio.com.