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Hurricane Ida made landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, with winds of more than 240 kilometers per hour and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding and blackouts.

A 71-year-old man went missing after an alligator attacked him in the flooded town of Slidell, just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. The latter was severely affected by Hurricane Ida.

The alligator allegedly bit the victim’s arm.

The man’s wife heard her husband’s struggle and reached out to help him. After pulling her husband up the stairs away from the floodwaters, the woman rushed to find help in the area affected by Hurricane Ida.

The woman did not find her injured husband upon his return. The man is still missing and is presumed dead.

On August 30, Cynthia Lee Sheng, president of Jefferson Parish in Louisiana, a county included in the Greater New Orleans area, warned people, especially first responder teams trying to locate those who were ” stranded in the water in the dark last night ”, to be careful as there are a lot of alligators in the area.

Hurricane Ida was classified as “Category 4” with winds of 240 kilometers per hour. It is one of the most severe storms to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.


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