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WASHINGTON, Aug.31 (Sputnik) – About 1.1 million people in the United States – the vast majority in the state of Louisiana – have no electricity due to damage from Hurricane Ida this weekend. end, the US Department of Energy said on Tuesday.

“As of 7:00 am EDT on August 31, there are approximately 1.1 million customer outages due to Ida, with approximately 1 million outages in Louisiana,” the Department of Energy said in a press release.

Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, but turned into a tropical storm Monday afternoon.

The statement said that as of Monday afternoon, the majority of federally-owned oil and natural gas production sites in the US portion of the Gulf of Mexico continued to operate at limited capacity. Nine Louisiana refineries have shut down, accounting for 2.3 million barrels of oil per day, and they cannot restart until power is restored, the statement added.

Ida is currently crossing the state of Tennessee with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour, the statement said. At least three people have died in incidents caused by the hurricane.


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