Hurricane Ida was so effective it essentially reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.
A US Geological Survey gauge detected the movement reversal in the Mississippi River near New Orleans on Sunday soon after the hurricane blasted ashore as a Class 4 storm.
The strong storm surge saw the circulation reversed in a portion of the river for about four hours.
Scott Perrien, a USGS hydrologist, told CNN the movement reversal was “extremely unusual.”
He explained the river stage rose 7 ft Sunday thanks to the storm surge.
“During that time, the move of the river slowed from about 2 toes per next down to about 50 percent a foot for each 2nd in the other course,” he said.
Perrien observed there was also some circulation reversal in the river throughout Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday packing winds of up to 150 mph – precisely 16 yrs after Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi.
Louisiana authorities claimed the initially loss of life from Hurricane Ida Sunday night immediately after a 60-year-previous male was was fatally struck by a fallen tree.
Ida — 1 of the most strong storms at any time to strike the US — knocked out electric power to all of New Orleans and blew roofs off properties as it rushed ashore.
The storm crawled inland and dropped to a Group 1 hours later as it passed within 30 miles of New Orleans.
A lot more than 1 million shoppers ended up with no power in two southern states impacted by Ida — far more than 930,000 in Louisiana and 28,000 in Mississippi, in accordance to PowerOutage.US, which tracks outages nationwide.