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Biden visits Hurricane Ida disaster area

Biden visits Hurricane Ida disaster area


Biden travels to Louisiana
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After the devastating Hurricane Ida, US President Joe Biden visited the disaster area in the southern United States. On Friday, Biden arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he wanted to get an idea of ​​the extensive damage. In the afternoon (local time), the US President wanted to comment on his administration’s reaction to the devastating storm. At least 13 people were killed in the tornado that hit Louisiana and neighboring Mississippi.

White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said during the flight to New Orleans that 800,000 families in the disaster area still lacked electricity. Ida hit the southwest coast of New Orleans as a force of four (out of five) on Sunday and wreaked havoc.

Then the storm weakened by land and moved to the northeast. There it caused torrential rains and catastrophic flooding in New York City and in several states. At least 46 people were killed in the Northeast, including 23 in New Jersey, 16 in New York City and its suburbs, 5 in Pennsylvania, and one each in Connecticut and Maryland. Additionally, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), at least eight tornadoes have caused significant damage, especially in New Jersey.

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