About 19,535 businesses and homes without power in the seven-parish area as of 9:45 a.m., according to reporter Michelle Hunter.
Entergy New Orleans’ outage reporting website said the vast majority of outages are in New Orleans, where more than 10,500 customers were without power. The hardest-hit neighborhoods include Uptown near Tulane University and Audubon Park, Algiers, Gentilly Woods and Lake Terrace.
In Jefferson Parish, outages were reported in River Ridge, parts of Harahan, Old Metairie, small sections of central Metairie and Marrero.
Ochsner campuses are open and operating as usual, hospital officials tell reporter Emily Woodruff. There are reports of street flooding near Ochsner Baptist, and patients and family members are encouraged to exercise caution when driving.
An emergency department employee at Ochsner Baptist said the ambulance ramp is flooded. “There is really no way in unless you swim,” said the employee.
University Medical Center is operating normally and there are no clinic closures or issues with staffing. “We’ll work with patients who need to reschedule appointments,” a representative said.
CrescentCare in New Orleans is also closed.
Children’s Hospital is fully operational.
New shifts at LCMC hospitals – including Children’s, UMC, Touro, West Jefferson and New Orleans East hospitals – started at 7 a.m. before the rain.