Hurricane Ida

On August 26th, 2021, Hurricane Ida formed as a tropical storm in the Atlantic. It quickly developed into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane and made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. Reports are coming in, but the scope of the impacts is uncertain at the moment due to its recent development. We do know that there are 2 million people who live in the affected area and that as of right now, there are over 1.06 million without power. We have two teams preparing to assist the communities in Southeast Louisiana; our Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) has started moving towards the center of the damage and our Hurricane Laura & Delta response and recovery team preparing to assist in Dequincy.

Hurricane Ida is tied with Hurricane Laura of last year and The Last Island Hurricane of of 1856 as the strongest hurricanes on record to hit Louisiana.

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Latest Hurricane Ida Updates

September 9, 2021 - 08:28:32 (UTC) - Update 16

Northeast Impact – The assessment team moved through New Jersey and found that nearly every town surveyed showed some signs of having been affected by Ida. The streets show clear signs that homeowners, city officials and local groups have already begun the muck and gut and debris removal process. We are continuing our assessment of the impact of Hurricane Ida in the Northeast.

Louisiana – Our teams have started our relief work in Ponchatoula and LaPlace, and have already completed one chainsaw worksite. Three teams are currently working in the field; a veteran chainsaw team, a gut and debris removal team, and a team still focused on assessments. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you, or someone you know is interested, learn more about our Hurricane Ida Relief program or apply to volunteer.

September 7, 2021 - 06:09:00 (UTC) - Update 15

Northeast Impact  –  Throughout Queens and Staten Island, New York, our assessment team found localized pockets of basement and first floor flooding with the greatest needs appearing to be housing and financial assistance. Across the Hudson River, Ida broke rainfall records in Newark, New Jersey, as it received 8.41 inches of rain in one day on September 1. Due to the widespread damage, the assessment teams have moved into New Jersey to assess the impacts of Ida.

Louisiana – Our team in Louisiana continues to connect with community partners to identify groups of potential volunteers and to provide relief for partners in need of additional assistance. Final preparations are underway at base, as Team Leaders build out their tool kits for the volunteers arriving next week. Starting tomorrow we will be deploying our first teams to begin working in the communities of Ponchatoula and LaPlace focusing on chainsaw, tarping and gutting operations. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you, or someone you know is interested, learn more about our Hurricane Ida Relief program or apply to volunteer.

September 4, 2021 - 04:24:42 (UTC) - Update 14

New York  –  Our teams in New York continue to assess the impacts of Ida in the Northeast and are connecting with organizations on the ground to better understand the needs of the communities.

Louisiana – We are responding to the need in Louisiana by committing to a three month initial response program. Currently based out of Mandeville, our teams will be focused on the hardest hit areas where there is the greatest need. Starting this week, we are deploying chainsaw, muck and gut, and tarping teams to assist the local community. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you, or someone you know is interested, learn more about our Hurricane Ida Relief program or apply to volunteer.

September 3, 2021 - 06:20:02 (UTC) - Update 13

Louisiana –  Our response team continues to grow as team members from across the nation arrive to provide further support. The team is focusing on establishing a longer term base of operations and narrowing down the areas in which there is the greatest need and where we can be of the greatest assistance.

New York – We have deployed two teams in New York; one focused on working with authorities and partners to identify areas with the greatest unmet need, and one focused on assessing the damage to identify potential work types. Assessments and partner communications will continue over the holiday weekend.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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September 2, 2021 - 06:40:00 (UTC) - Update 12

Louisiana – Due to the damaged infrastructure, the full extent of the devastation left by Ida is still unknown. We do know that residents in New Orleans have been without power for almost five days and the heat index is forecast to reach over 100 degrees fahrenheit over the next week. Reports continue to come in, and it is clear that immediate assistance is needed. Additional team members arrived today and deployed to the New Orleans metropolitan area to meet with partners and conduct additional assessments.

New York – We have an assessment team in New York on their way to begin assessing for damages. They plan to meet with partners and media when they arrive.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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September 2, 2021 - 03:30:00 (UTC) - Update 11

U.S. Operations – Ida is near Eastern Long Island, now accelerating northeastward toward Cape Cod. Widespread heavy rainfall will continue to wind down from west to east today across New England. Flood and Flash Flood watches continue across portions of southern New England.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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September 2, 2021 - 01:39:00 (UTC) - Update 10

U.S. Operations – Last night, the remnants of Hurricane Ida rapidly escalated and passed over the northeastern United States, causing historic levels of rainfall in areas which were already saturated by Hurricane Henri in late-August. 

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September 1, 2021 - 07:55:19 (UTC) - Update 9

U.S. Operations – Before heading into the most impacted areas, the team identified several locations that can be used to restock and refuel. One of the highest priorities is securing a supply line of vehicles and fuel outside of the affectx areas to sustain the team throughout the assessment process. DART is now moving to assess the coastal areas, starting with Jean Lafitte.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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September 1, 2021 - 01:30:00 (UTC) - Update 8

U.S. Operations – We sent two teams towards New Orleans along two different routes to cover more ground and gain a better understanding of the damage done by Ida. One team went west through Laplace and found widespread damage while the other team went east of Baton Rouge and found downed trees and potential roofs that needed tarping. Both teams regrouped and spent the night in New Orleans.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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August 31, 2021 - 07:49:23 (UTC) - Update 7

U.S. Operations – The Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) has boots on the ground in Baton Rouge, assessing the area. They have connected with the New Orleans VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to gain a better understanding of the needs in the communities. Preliminary reports show that the parishes closest to the coast where the eyewall of Ida passed over were the hardest hit.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page.

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August 30, 2021 - 07:33:04 (UTC) - Update 6

U.S. Operations – There is a massive need for assistance in the area. More than 2 million people were affected and nearly 1.06 million people are currently without power. All Hands and Hearts has two teams stationed prepared to respond to the immediate needs of Southwest Louisiana following the destruction of Hurricane Ida. Our Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) that was staging in Beaumont, Texas began their journey to the areas most affected by the storm this morning. The goal is to work with local organizations and identify where there is the greatest need and how All Hands and Hearts can be the most effective in supporting relief efforts. Our Hurricane Laura & Delta Team, stationed in San Antonio, Texas will return to Dequincy, LA tomorrow to assess the damage in that area to resume work and provide assistance to the DART. 

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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August 29, 2021 - 02:55:06 (UTC) - Update 5

U.S. Operations – On August 29th; 16 years to the date from when Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Another Major Hurricane has begun impacting Southeast Louisiana. Major Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 Hurricane. Ida is currently a category 3 as it makes its way towards Baton Rouge and starting a slow turn towards the east. The majority of the flooding rainfall will occur tonight to tomorrow. 

The city of New Orleans is completely without power at the moment along with 700,000 across the state of Louisiana. Ida also maintained sustained Category 4 winds for 6 hours after making landfall and trekking west of New Orleans. Lafourche Parish is reporting that every road there is currently impassable.

There continues to be reports of catastrophic storm surge, hurricane force winds, and flash flooding occurring across Southeast Louisiana. The extent of the damage won’t be clear until the storm passes over and emergency officials are able to begin surveying the impacted areas at first light.

The storm continues towards the Baton Rouge metropolitan area before an anticipated eastward swing occurs which will take Ida over Mississippi and Tennessee. We continue to monitor impacts as they occur.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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August 29, 2021 - 07:44:28 (UTC) - Update 4

U.S. Operations – Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, early Sunday afternoon as an extremely dangerous, Category 4 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Hurricane Ida, which made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, is tied as the state’s most powerful storm ever with Hurricane Laura from last year and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856.

All Hands and Hearts had stationed their Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) in Beaumont, Texas on August 27 in preparation and and will utilize their current staff and volunteers that were previously stationed in Louisiana to support this response.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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August 28, 2021 - 02:45:48 (UTC) - Update 3

U.S. Operations – Hurricane Ida is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane as it draws closer to the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, where it will bring life-threatening storm surge, dangerous rainfall flooding, potentially catastrophic winds and tornadoes.

Ida is currently centered 440 miles southeast of New Orleans and is tracking northwest at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph, making Ida a Category 1 hurricane. Hurricane Ida is expected to intensify into a category 4 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves northwestward.

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August 27, 2021 - 11:10:00 (UTC) - Update 2

U.S. Operations – Hurricane Ida is forecast to make landfall somewhere along the southern Louisiana coast as a Major Hurricane. It is anticipated to cause life-threatening flooding and extensive wind damage to where ever it makes landfall. We continue to monitor it’s path and anticipated impacts before it’s anticipated landfall on Sunday or Monday. Our team who have been working on homes impacted by Hurricane Laura last year are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers on the ground.

International Operations – Hurricane Ida has made landfall in the Cuban province of Pinar Del Rio, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 km/h).  We continue to monitor the path and strength as this system has only recently formed.  We will follow up with any significant updates.

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August 26, 2021 - 06:47:02 (UTC) - Update 1

U.S. Operations – Our Ops team is closely monitoring Tropical Depression 9 and have put our Louisiana program team on alert of the possible hazard. We’re working with our team on the ground to ensure plans, trigger points, and support are in place in case we start seeing Tropical Depression 9 hone in on our operating zone.

International Operations – Tropical Depression 9 is likely to produce tropical storm conditions in western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica from now into the weekend.  We continue to monitor the path and strength as this system has only recently formed.  We will follow up with any significant updates.

We use information from reputable sources like the National Hurricane Center to make informed decisions regarding our responses to storms around the world.

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