Hurricane Ida death toll expected to rise ‘considerably,’ governor says

Hurricane Ida death toll expected to rise ‘considerably,’ governor says

The death toll from Hurricane Ida, which slammed Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 storm Sunday, is expected to rise “considerably” as search and rescue crews branch out, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday.

The confirmed death toll from the monster storm, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, currently stands at one.

“We have one confirmed death. I don’t want to tell you what I’m hearing because what I’m hearing points to a lot more than that,” Bel Edwards said on NBC’s Today Show.

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“I will leave it here: I am certain that as the day goes on we will have more deaths,” he said. “We’re going to be getting information throughout the day that I fully expect that the confirmed death total to go up considerably.”

The storm, which made landfall packing 150-mph winds, was so powerful that at one point it reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.

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