Hurricane Ida was a powerful category 4 storm that slammed into Louisiana on Aug. 29, 16 years to day that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. (Photo by JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)
Louisiana has had 26 storm-related deaths following Hurricane Ida’s landfall, the state’s chief medical officer said Thursday.
Ten deaths were due to heat because of a lack of air conditioning, and one death was related to an oxygen outage. Six deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper generator usage.
“If using a generator, always outdoors and always well away from your house and air intakes from your house,” Dr. Joe Kanter said. “And always with a functioning carbon monoxide detector in your home.”
Kanter warned that if someone is operating a generator without those three precautions, “you are not operating that generator in a manner that’s safe for your family, and you’re at risk.”
Five deaths were related to nursing home patients who were stored in an unsanitary warehouse following the storm.
One Louisiana resident died when a tree fell on them and another died when a roof collapsed on them. Two other residents died from drowning.
Throughout the entirety of last year’s hurricane season, 42 Louisiana residents died, including nine from carbon monoxide poisoning and nine from hyperthermia, Kanter said.
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