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People caught in a sudden rain shower in a flooded neighborhood of LaPlace, Louisiana, on Aug. 30, as a volunteer high water truck assists people evacuating from homes in the area. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Crews were working to rescue people trapped by former Hurricane Ida's floodwaters as utility workers moved to try and restore power to over 1 million customers in Louisiana and nearly 60,000 others in Mississippi Monday, per AP.

The big picture: NASA Earth said preliminary data suggests Ida was the fifth-strongest storm "ever to make landfall in the continental U.S." when it hit Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday, leaving New Orleans with no electricity except power from generators.

  • The deadly storm weakened to a strong tropical depression on Monday. But it was bringing heavy rains, flash flooding, storm surge and extreme winds as it moved across Mississippi.
  • The threat of heavy rains and flooding was expected to continue to spread across parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley overnight and into Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Of note: The Louisiana Department of Health reported a second death from the storm on Monday, a man who drowned while trying to get his vehicle through floodwater in New Orleans.

  • Two people died and 10 were injured Monday night when a highway collapsed in Mississippi after the storm swept through, the state Highway Patrol said.
In photos: Ida pummels Gulf Coast
Children play in floodwater as a man measures the water's height on Aug. 30 in Kiln, Mississippi. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images
A car buried under rubble after a building was destroyed by Ida on Aug. 30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
A man helps a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Blvd. on August 30, 2021, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images
Vehicles are damaged after the front of a building collapsed during Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29 in New Orleans. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Pedestrians on Bourbon Street during a citywide power outage caused by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans on Aug. 29. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Heavy rain falls as storm surge begins to encroach on Louisiana Route 1 ahead of Ida in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, on Aug. 29. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A cyclist riding through rain and high winds in New Orleans on Aug. 29. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
The storm topples trees in downtown New Orleans on Aug. 29. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A truck is seen in heavy winds and rain in Bourg, Louisiana, on Aug. 29. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images
A section of a building's roof is seen after being blown off during rain and winds in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Aug. 29. Photo: Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Motorists drive down Canal Street in New Orleans as Hurricane Ida brings heavy rain on Aug. 29. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Go deeper: Louisiana governor says damage from Hurricane Ida is "catastrophic"

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further details of the forecast, the impact of the storm, rescue and recovery operations and more photos.

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Southern California beaches reopen, as oil spill cleanup continues

Oil spill cleanup workers search for contaminated sand and seaweed at Huntington Beach in California on Oct. 9. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A Southern California coastal area closed since one of the largest oil spills in the state's recent history struck over a week ago reopened Monday, as cleanup efforts continue.

The latest: Huntington Beach's reopening Monday came sooner than many expected, after water quality tests came back with no detectable levels of oil associated toxins in the ocean water, AP reports.

Trump blasts “wacky” GOP Sen. Cassidy after “Axios on HBO” interview

Former President Trump on Monday blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) after he told "Axios on HBO" that he is not sure Trump could win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Driving the news: When told that Trump could be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in saying: "I don't know that."

Ben Geman, author of Generate
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Biden's carbon emissions-cutting pledge faces tough climb

Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.