Louisiana authorities on Sunday night reported the first death from Hurricane Ida after a 60-year-old man was fatally injured when he was struck by a fallen tree.
The fatality was reported in Ascension Parish, which is northwest of New Orleans, at about 8:30 p.m. local time at a home off Highway 621 in Prairieville, authorities said.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said that deputies responded and confirmed the death.
“Tragically, we have our first death of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana,” Gov John Bel Edwards said in a statement. “Please shelter in place and stay safe. We will begin damage assessments and search and rescue missions as soon as it is safe in the morning.”
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