Hurricane Ida photos and video: Millions without power, reporter blown down street covering storm

Fox News weather reporter Robert Ray highlighted on Sunday exactly what happened to anyone who stepped out into Hurricane Ida’s monstrous winds as he was blown down a sidewalk and barely managed to grab hold to pull himself back inside his shelter.

During a live segment with anchor Jon Scott, Ray reported that the winds have been “like a train all day.”

“We had to retreat here into this parking garage, it’s just not safe out there at all,” Ray stated. “I’m going to step back slowly because I have an anemometer that I’ve been checking the wind speeds with. We have had gusts up to almost 90 miles per hour, sustained over 60. And the second I step out, you’re going to see —”

He didn’t get a chance to finish as he was grabbed by the wind and blown sideways several feet down the sidewalk after stepping out of the parking garage where he was taking shelter.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Ray pushed and pulled his way back to safety while a colleague ran to help him if he needed it.

“I just want to show you the power of this wind right now, very close to the Mississippi River,” he reported as he was almost blown off his feet once again.

At that point, he grabbed the frame of the entrance to the garage and pulled himself inside out of harm’s way.

“This is no joke, folks,” he asserted. “Everything outside in New Orleans right now and many spots is unraveling and falling apart.”

“We have seen over the past three or four hours, Jon, aluminum coming off buildings… just stuff starting to move off of people’s homes,” Ray noted. “Just a very serious situation right now. If anyone is out there, they need to get into shelter. I cannot stress this enough as the storm is just battering New Orleans right now.”

Ray wasn’t the only weatherman braving the hurricane. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore donned what looked like a baseball helmet to protect his head from flying debris in the storm.

The winds didn’t stop one guy from video-bombing Cantore during his coverage of Ida.

The same guy did a cartwheel behind Cantore during the segment.

And it looks to be a new trend as another guy did the same thing.

Currently, Ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm. She has left at least one dead in her wake.

A 60-year-old man was killed in Ascension Parish in Louisiana after a tree reportedly fell on top of his home.

“Tonight, we have confirmed at least one death and sadly, we know there will be others. Thousands of our people are without power and there is untold damage to property across the impacted parishes,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement on Sunday.

Over a million people are without electricity. The entire city of New Orleans is without power, according to Fox News. Entergy is reporting that all 8 transmission lines that supply electricity into the entire New Orleans area have been lost.

As of 4 a.m. local time, Ida was roughly located approximately 95 miles south-southwest of Jackson, Mississippi. Maximum sustained winds of 60 mph were recorded which is down from 105 mph late Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). When Ida landed, she was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. On Sunday, winds were topping out in Louisiana at 130 mph.

Officials are still warning of “life-threatening” floods.

Four mesovortices were rotating around the outer portion of Ida’s eye as she made landfall. “I don’t think I’ve seen this before with a storm over land.” NOAA scientist Dan Lindsey declared.

As is so often the case, some individuals did not heed the warning to evacuate or shelter in place.

One woman was napping when the storm hit. A massive tree was uprooted and fell on her home. She is lucky she was not injured. A number of large trees came down in the wake of the hurricane.

Ida also ripped the roof off of Lady of the Sea Hospital in Galliano.


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