U.S.|There were flash floods, strong winds and at least two deaths in Mississippi
- Aug. 31, 2021, 11:45 a.m. ET
While Louisiana bore the brunt of Ida, the storm also cut into Mississippi as a powerful hurricane, toppling trees, bringing down power lines and washing away part of a highway, causing at least two deaths.
The deaths occurred when a section of major highway collapsed in George County, in the state’s southeast, said Malary White, the external affairs director for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Ten other people were injured.
“Compared to Louisiana, we caught a big break,” Ms. White said. “But unfortunately two people did lose their lives, and that’s where it impacted us.”
Hurricane Ida, which made landfall Sunday morning in Louisiana, reached the Mississippi Gulf Coast by early Monday, and was downgraded to a tropical depression by the time it reached central Mississippi on Monday afternoon.
As of Tuesday morning, at least 130,000 people were without power in their homes, according to David Cox, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jackson, Miss.
Ms. White said the state expected to have a preliminary damage assessment by Wednesday, and was considering applying for a federal disaster declaration.