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A family on Saturday clean up their house, damaged by Hurricane Ida in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The number of reported U.S. deaths linked to Hurricane Ida has now exceeded 60 as recovery efforts continue — and over 550,000 people in Louisiana remained without power overnight.

The big picture: The death toll in Louisiana rose to 13 Sunday, a week after the storm slammed the state as a Category 4 hurricane. Ida's remnants later combined with other storm systems to lash the Northeastern U.S. with historic rainfall, triggering flash-flooding.

  • Biden approved New Jersey's emergency disaster declaration late Sunday, having earlier made similar approvals to free up federal funds for assistance for states including Louisiana and New York.

Details: N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed at a news conference Sunday 17 deaths from the storm — four in Westchester County and the rest in New York City. It caused over $50 million in damage in the state, affecting about 1,200 homes, Hochul said.

  • "The human toll was tremendous," she noted.

In New Jersey, a spokesperson for Gov. Phil Murphy said the storm killed 27 people and four others were "still missing," per Reuters.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed at a news conference one more death than he reported Saturday.

  • Edwards noted Saturday that the toll might increase because so many people were relying on power from generators — which have been blamed for at least four carbon monoxide deaths.

Pennsylvania reported the storm had killed at least four people, and Connecticut and Maryland each reported a death from the deluge, Reuters notes.

Of note: Edwards tweeted his thanks to President Biden for visiting Louisiana on Friday to see Ida's damage. Biden was due to visit New Jersey and New York on Tuesday.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Context: Climate change has exacerbated extreme precipitation events, Axios' Andrew Freedman notes.

  • Over 230 medical journals — including the Lancet and JAMA — published an editorial on Sunday evening warning that the climate crisis is the "greatest threat to global public health," calling on world leaders to act.

Editor’s note: We corrected the spelling of the first name of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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COVID cases are falling, but deaths are rising

Data: N.Y. Times; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The pace of new coronavirus infections in the U.S. is beginning to slow — a potential sign that the states hit hardest by the Delta wave may be starting to turn things around.

Yes, but: Deaths are still rising, and it’s still too early to know whether schools might drive cases back up again.

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.