New Orleans Without Power After Transmission Tower Collapses into Mississippi River

Hurricane Ida started rolling up the big river Sunday night, turning the Big Easy into a big blackout.

Ida's winds hit New Orleans with monster force during the night, leading to an electrical transmission tower falling into the Mississippi River. Next thing, the city went into a blackout.

This happened as winds of 120 mph whipped through the Crescent City during one of the most powerful storms the area has ever seen in recorded history. And that includes Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall this day 16 years ago.

Hurricane Ida and New Orleans
Rain is seen outside as the emergency exit lights of a hotel are reflected in a window after the hotel lost power in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29, 2021 during Hurricane Ida, which knocked out power to all of New Orleans on August 29, the Department of Homeland Security said, as the Category 3 storm battered the southern state. Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Katie Moore of WWLTV in New Orleans was one of the first to report the tower collapse.

"BREAKING: Entergy transmission tower fell in Avondale and New Orleans City Council Member Joe Giarrusso says #HurricaneIda took down 8 Entergy transmission lines, including a major one in Harahan. #BeOn4," she wrote.

BREAKING: Entergy transmission tower fell in Avondale and New Orleans City Council Member Joe Giarrusso says #HurricaneIda took down 8 Entergy transmission lines, including a major one in Harahan. #BeOn4

— Katie Moore (@katiecmoore) August 30, 2021

Including New Orleans, there were more than 1 million customers in Louisiana without power Sunday night, not even 12 hours after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the town of Port Fourchon in LaFourche Parish.

That number of powerless customers is expected to keep climbing as Ida works its way through Louisiana in the night as a Category 2 storm still, likely making its way into Mississippi as a Category 1 storm by Tuesday morning.

New Orleans not only dealt with a citywide power outage Sunday night, but it was also under a tornado watch from the eastern bands of Ida. The storm downgraded to a Category storm by midnight, and Ida looked to veer just west of New Orleans. However, the threat of heavy storms and spotty tornadoes on the east side of Ida was still prevalent.

New Orleans did not take a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005. That storm did create a breach in a levee that flooded the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

There has been no storm of this magnitude in the New Orleans area since Katrina, which has kept residents on edge.