Hurricane Ida: Storm made Katrina look like a “warm summer breeze,” says Louisiana resident

Residents were picking up the pieces in Louisiana on Tuesday after Hurricane Ida left its mark across the state — with some bracing for weeks or even months without electricity, and others saying they weathered a storm that “made Katrina look like a warm summer breeze.”

Matt Koontz of Des Allemands, Louisiana told Reuters that the winds were so fierce that the storm picked up a building “like it was a napkin.”

Some residents coping with the aftermath were just grateful to have made it through the storm.

“We have food, we have water we are fine. You know we are still alive. We survived it,” resident Andy LaCost said.

Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, had weakened to a tropical depression by late Monday as it churned over Mississippi, where the system brought heavy rains overnight.

The storm, which deluged Louisiana with rain and killed at least two people in the state, caused widespread power outages across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and prompted rescue operations in flooded communities around New Orleans.

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