San Diegan shares her experience as Hurricane Ida hits New Orleans

“It was really scary,” stated Romy Kaye, who was raised in San Diego. “It appears like your entrance door goes to blow in.”

NEW ORLEANS — For San Diegans in New Orleans, Hurricane Ida was in contrast to any storm that they had ever skilled. And despite the fact that the worst of the highly effective wind gusts and pounding rain had moved on as of Monday, their issues are removed from over.

“It was really scary,” stated Romy Kaye, who was raised in San Diego and graduated from SDSU. “It feels like your front door is going to blow in. Trees and things are lashing against your house. You’re hearing all these sounds. It’s pitch black outside and it just kept going, all night long.”

Romy did not get loads of sleep Sunday evening. Hurricane Ida made a late flip and hit her New Orleans neighborhood so much more durable than initially anticipated. The storm knocked out energy to greater than 1,000,000 folks. When we spoke to Romy, she was in her automobile, charging her cellphone. 

“All of Orleans parish is without power for – who knows how long,” she said. “It’s not good.”

She tried to arrange for the worst, heading to a grocery retailer earlier than the storm hit. The scene there immediately introduced again reminiscences of Hurricane Katrina. 

“When I used to be purchasing on Thursday evening, getting water and provides, the traces have been wrapped across the retailer thrice. That degree of tension simply brings again loads of concern,” Romy stated. 

Ida slammed into New Orleans with pounding rain and wind gusts as much as 150 miles an hour, destroying buildings, inflicting large flooding, and abandoning an enormous mess. 

“There’s lots of downed trees, lots of downed power lines,” Romy stated. “There’s a tree in my neighbor’s house crashed into their front porch over there. Just a block up this way, there’s a giant Cypress tree down on top of a house.”

Romy spent the day Monday sweeping up particles. Fortunately, her home did not endure any injury and since she has a gasoline range, she will be able to nonetheless do some cooking. But there will certainly be powerful instances forward – no energy additionally means no air-con. 

“It’s going to get terrible when that oppressive humidity and warmth hits us once more,” she stated.

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