New York Daily News: August 30, 2021 – Hurricane Ida claimed its first official fatality Sunday as an unidentified man was killed by a falling tree in Ascension Parish.
“Shortly after 8:30pm deputies received reports of a citizen possibly injured from a fallen tree at a residence off of Highway 621 in Prairieville,” the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a short statement. “Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim is now deceased.”
Police did not provide any more details.
Ida coalesced from a few thunderstorms into a Category 4 hurricane over just a few hours, slamming into the Louisiana coast just before 1pm Sunday with fierce 150 mph winds.
At 11 p.m. Sunday, the storm’s sustained winds had dropped to a maximum of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 storm in the eyes of the National Hurricane Center. It was roughly 30 miles east-southeast of Baton Rouge, traveling north-northwest at 9 mph.