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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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Des Moines braces for severe winds and possible tornadoes

A rare and intensifying storm is threatening to bring record warmth, strong wind gusts of up to 80 mph and possible tornadoes across Iowa in the late afternoon and early evening.

Why it matters: Any tornadoes that form may be fast-moving and difficult to warn about in advance, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.

  • "Storms could move through a typical Iowa county in only 20 minutes," the National Weather Service in Des Moines said in an online briefing.
  • Any fires could spread quickly, while damage to trees and power lines and power outages are expected, per NWS.
Dec 15, 2021 - Axios Denver

Hurricane-force winds predicted to rip through Colorado

A man in Denver tries to keep his umbrella in his hands as strong wind blows during a storm in 2017. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A supercharged storm system will whip through Colorado on Wednesday — and with it could come winds as mighty as a Category 1 hurricane.

Why it matters: The force of the storm threatens to damage homes and trees, cause power outages, reduce visibility and fuel wildfires.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron — WHO recommends 2 new treatments — What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron — Deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas— Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements— Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
  3. Politics: Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health" — Focus group says Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy
  4. Economy: America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic— — CDC COVID guidance for cruise ships to be optional starting Saturday — The cost of testing.
  5. States: West Virginia governor feeling "extremely unwell" after positive test — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers — America struggles to keep schools open
  6. World: Beijing reports first local Omicron case weeks before Winter Olympics — Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols.
  7. Variant tracker