Hurricane Ida lashed the Louisiana coastline and devastated cities miles inland before slowing and heading into Mississippi late Sunday, according to reports. The category 4 storm was among the strongest ever to hit the Gulf Coast, creating millions of evacuees.
While fears of death and injury on a scale similar to 2004's Hurricane Katrina did not materialize, one person died when a tree fell on their house, power was cut to the city of New Orleans, and insurers anticipate up to a quarter of a trillion dollars of property damage. According to NBC News, people in the region who could not leave are "begging for rescue".
Footage of the storm surge: