Hurricane Ida leaves millions of people in Louisiana without power, destroys the store where jazz legend Louis Armstrong worked
A multi-level New Orleans jazz site, where a young Louis Armstrong once worked, has become another victim of Hurricane Ida, as US officials continue to assess the devastation.
- Ida is one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the US Gulf Coast
- It made landfall 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina
- More than a million homes in the state of Louisiana have lost electricity
The Karnofsky Tailor Shop, where a Jewish family employed Armstrong, collapsed on Sunday (local time) during the storm.
The company opened downtown in 1913 and had a residence above where the late jazz legend often dined.
The family, who provided Armstrong with a “second home,” loaned him money to buy his first cone.
“Louis said it was the Karnofskys who instilled the love of singing in his heart,” retired jazz historian and photojournalist John McCusker said, according to local media WWL-TV.
Several other sites integral to the city’s early jazz history were also located on South Rampart Street.
Rescue efforts across the U.S. state of Louisiana continued Monday (local time), with hundreds of boats and helicopters deployed.
Residents living amid the maze of rivers and bayous along the state’s gulf coast desperately retreated to their attics or rooftops and posted their addresses on social media with instructions for research teams and rescue on where to find them.
Ida, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, cut power to more than one million homes in Louisiana on Monday and triggered rescue operations in flooded communities around from New Orleans as the weakening storm moved north.
Ida made landfall on Sunday (local time) as a Category Four hurricane, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina, evoking memories of a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people in 2005 and devastated New Brunswick. -OrlÃ©ans.
At least two people were killed in Louisiana before Ida was downgraded to a tropical depression, as her eye crawled in neighboring Mississippi state.
AP / Reuters