New Orleans lifts curfew from Hurricane Ida as most of city regains power

New Orleans is slowly turning back on the lights — literally — after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc across the city.

About 90% of New Orleans had power again by Wednesday night as city officials lifted the curfew that had been in place since Aug. 31, two days after Ida made landfall.

As of Thursday morning, more than 250,000 customers in Louisiana were still without power, according to PowerOutage.us.

Entergy New Orleans urged people to remain patient, especially as crews attempt to restore power to more difficult areas.

Louisiana residents are still picking up the pieces of their lives after Hurricane Ida. (PHOTO BY DAVID GRUNFELD, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/)

At least 82 people have died as a result of Ida, with the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office adding 11 more fatalities Wednesday; two died of carbon monoxide poisoning and nine died of “excessive heat during a power outage,” according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

State officials warned people to continue precaution with portable generators, which should be kept at least 20 feet away from homes to keep toxic fumes away from people.

All New Orleans schools are expected to be reopened within two weeks, School Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said.

“Now more than ever, our children stand to benefit from the comfort that structured and routine daily schooling can bring,” Lewis said in a statement Wednesday. “So, let’s all come together to reopen our schools quickly and safely.”

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