I don’t know if I agree with that. Katrina was only a Cat 3 and moved fairly fast. Ida was a strong Cat 4 and just sat there. The damage in New Orleans was from the storm surge which broke the he levees. Ida was much worse for the areas east of the Eye.It wasn't near as big as Katrina but man it was packing a wallop.
Even though we had wind gusts well over 80 mph, most of this part of St. Tammany Parish is slowly coming back. I just heard that Entergy has slowly started restoring power in east New Orleans but the New Orleans area going west have a very long road ahead of them. Your friend probably lives in the Mandeville/Covington area and they got hammered with the same wind as New Orleans. It's amazing what being 30 miles further east can mean in a storm like this.pappymac, incredibly good to hear your power is back on! That is amazing. Too often things get worse for a while after a storm, as the damage and troubles are discovered. This is excellent news that some of the electric grid is coming up. I have a friend who lives across the causeway on Lake Ponchatrain, across from NOLA, and I still haven't heard from him. I think they had a four foot surge and a pretty direct hit from the winds. I'm hoping he decamped to kin further from the center. The electric power there may take a while to return.