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Now Category 1, Hurricane Ida slowly weakens, leaving one dead

Christian Fernsby |
Hurricane Ida continues to slowly weaken with sustained winds now at 95 mph, which is a high-end Category 1 hurricane, leaving at least one person dead.

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Damaging hurricane-force winds continue with a gust up to 111 mph measured by a station in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Three hours ago was published that the storm was currently located about 5 miles west of Killian, Louisiana, and 30 miles east-southeast of Baton Rouge.

More than 1 million customers in Louisiana are without power, according to monitoring site PowerOutage.US.

As of 12:47 a.m. ET, power outages had hit 1,006,861 customers in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

In neighboring Mississippi, 48,515 customers are without power.

The Louisiana town of Jean Lafitte has been "totally devastated" by Hurricane Ida, with rescuers unable to reach hundreds of stranded residents after a vehicle wiped out a bridge, Mayor Tim Kerner Jr. told CNN.

Roof and water leaks at some Ochsner Health System facilities in Louisiana mean dozens of patients will have to be relocated, officials said.

Ochsner Health Chief Operating Officer Mike Hulefeld said all 21 patients in St. Anne Hospital in Raceland would be removed, as well as 45 patients at the Chabert Medical Center in Houma.

American Airlines and United Airlines have canceled outbound flights from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport on Monday, the facility announced via Twitter.

American expects to resume departing flights on Tuesday, the airport added.

The phone lines at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in St. Charles Parish are currently down due to Hurricane Ida, according to an alert sent to parish residents and posted on the St. Charles Parish Facebook account.

"Our normal EOC phone lines are down due to Hurricane Ida. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. If you need to report something to the EOC or Public Works please email help@stcharlesgov.net," the the alert said.


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