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Power outages persist in New Orleans Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a satellite view of power outages across New Orleans after Hurricane Ida. The storm roared into the Gulf Coast with fierce winds, knocking out power to nearly one million customers in the state of Louisiana alone. 

The power outages resulted from downed lines and damaged transmission towers. According to NASA, many people are also going without access to running water and gasoline (three days after the storm) due to damaged infrastructure.

Power outages persist in New Orleans and therefore The side-by-side images were captured on August 9 and 31 by the Suomi NPP satellite. 

“The imagery is surprisingly cloud-free. It usually would take at least 48 hours for skies to clear up enough after an event like this,” noted Miguel Román, a USRA scientist and leader of the Black Marble Project. 

“At this aftermath stage, Black Marble imagery is capturing a lot of diesel-power/backup generation, which utilities do not monitor.” Power outages are a regular occurrence in New Orleans. Although severe weather is the most common cause of power outages on a national level, outages in New Orleans were primarily caused by equipment during the period from June 2019 to November 2019.

Image Credit: European Space Agency 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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