Shocking scenes of ripped houses, flood damage, ATM looting

As officials continue to assess the damage from Hurricane Ida, drone videos from across Louisiana are pouring in, showing just how brutal Category 4 winds and torrential rain can be. Heartbreaking aerial footage of the affected areas lay bare heavily damaged homes, debris scattered across streets, and flooded neighborhoods.

With winds as high as 150 mph shattering the power grid, more than 1 million locals have been left without electricity and reliable cellphone service. Some of the hardest-hit areas are not expected to see power being restored for weeks – which is in line with what forecasters at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been predicting.

Types of damage due to Category 4 hurricane winds

NOAA often correlates the destructive potential of a hurricane with a measurement system called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. According to this five-tier scale, a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130-156 mph, is…