New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut Power

Urban areas soak up the sun’s energy, dramatically raising temperatures. In the hurricane’s aftermath, Louisiana is sweltering without AC.

On Sunday, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, tying with 2020’s Hurricane Laura as the strongest storm ever to hit the state. Winds topping 150 mph tore apart the electrical infrastructure, leaving a million people without power. All eight transmission lines into New Orleans were severed

Now temperatures are in the 90s, and brutal humidity—it’s summer, after all—is plunging Louisiana into a multilayered crisis: Without power, residents who don’t have a generator will also lack fans

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