The Daily Populous

Monday August 30th, 2021 morning edition

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Ida — a Category 4 storm — hit on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier, coming ashore about 72 kilometres west of where Category 3 Katrina first struck land.

Ida's 230 km/h winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland U.S.

Significant flooding was reported late Sunday night in LaPlace, a community adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain, meteorologists in New Orleans said.

The rising ocean swamped the barrier island of Grand Isle as landfall came just to the west at Port Fourchon.

Montegut and Bourg firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, La., as Hurricane Ida passes on Sunday.

A news crew reports on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain ahead of approaching Hurricane Ida in New Orleans on Sunday.

Louisiana is also home to two nuclear power plants, one near New Orleans and another about 43 kilometres northwest of Baton Rouge. »

California: mother fights off mountain lion with bare hands to save 5-year-old son

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A mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy in southern California has been shot and killed by a wildlife officer, authorities say.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” he said.

Once at the house, the officer discovered a mountain lion crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at him, Foy said. »

New COVID variant detected in South Africa, most mutated variant so far

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Scientists first detected C.1.2 in May 2021, finding that it was descended from C.1, which scientists found surprising as C.1 had last been detected in January.

The new variant has "mutated substantially" compared to C.1 and is more mutations away from the original virus detected in Wuhan than any other Variant of Concern (VOC) or Variant of Interest (VOI) detected so far worldwide.

While first detected in South Africa, C.1.2 has since been found in England, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland. »