Ida’s Seacoast Impact Still to be Determined
Forecasters are still not clear of the impact of Tropical Storm Ida on the Seacoast but Granite Staters are heading to the Gulf Coast to help the region recover from power outages and flooding.
Ida has weakened to a tropical storm on Monday morning with sustained winds of 40 mph but remains a dangerous storm with life threatening flash flooding, damaging winds and storm surges, according to CNN coverage of the storm. Over a million customers in Louisiana alone lost power including the entire city of New Orleans which could take weeks to repair. Cellphone service is also out, many trees and branches are down and roofs were ripped off buildings
National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Carbin said in a tweet 17 inches of rain fell in 20 hours in an area west of New Orleans.
Impact on the Seacoast
The track of the storm was projected as of 11 a.m. Monday to take it to the northeast through West Virginia, Maryland and southern New Jersey and then out to sea. Ahead of the storm will be a shield of rain that will reach southern New Hampshire by Thursday morning, meteorologist Andy Pohl from the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine told Seacoast Current.
"Right now it looks like we could get one to two inches of rain Wednesday night into Thursday during the day," Pohl sad.
The concern is not the amount of rain that falls but how quickly it will fall.
"If it were over a 24 hour period it probably wouldn't be so bad but if we get an inch of rain in an hour and a half then that's a whole different story," Pohl said.
But a lot can change as Ida settles on a track away from the Gulf towards the northeastern United States.
"There's not a lot of confidence in this particular track. There's a lot that's going to change in the next four days, Pohl said.
Help from the Seacoast
Eversource is working through mutual aid process to provide support to response efforts in Louisiana. More than 100 Eversource employees from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut left Monday morning and are expected to arrive in Louisiana on Wednesday, spokesman William Hinkle told Seacoast Current.
"In addition to releasing about half of our local contract crews, we’re also sending approximately 40 of our own line crews, members of our fleet and safety teams, and additional support staff including managers and supervisors from all three of our states," Hinkle said.
80 members of Massachusetts Task Force 1 left for Louisiana on Monday to assist with search and rescue operations from around the country. Six New Hampshire residents are members of the Task Force, according to WMUR TV.
TF-1 on Monday morning did not respond to Seacoast Current's request for more information.
Former Amesbury and Merrimac resident Deanna MacEachern was headed to the Gulf Coast on Sunday afternoon with Jim Larson of Maine one of two disaster relief vans to help with mobile meal preparation.