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Workers repair power lines damaged by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 31 in Houma, Louisiana. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Power company Entergy on Wednesday announced that its crews turned on power for some customers in eastern New Orleans after Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana and left approximately 1 million customers without electricity.

Why it matters: While outages still persist throughout much of the state, affecting hundreds of thousands of people, Wednesday's announcement offers a sign of hope for the region's recovery in the aftermath of the storm, AP notes.

What they're saying: Full power restoration in the state will take time due to "significant damage across the region," Entergy said in a press release.

  • "Crews will have to methodically bring back additional transmission lines over time to provide other pathways for power to enter the region, helping to maintain stability of the system throughout the complete restoration process," per the release.

Of note: Entergy New Orleans LLC serves Louisiana's Orleans parish, which includes providing electricity for more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers.

The big picture: Preliminary data from NASA Earth suggests that Ida was the fifth-strongest storm "ever to make landfall in the continental U.S."

  • The Louisiana Department of Health has recorded at least two deaths from the storm.
  • In Mississippi, two people died and 10 were injured Monday night when a highway collapsed after the storm swept through.

Go deeper: Crews move to rescue people stranded by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana

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Updated Dec 1, 2021 - Health

2 federal judges temporarily block Biden vaccine mandates

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

The Biden administration was temporarily blocked from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for millions of workers by federal judges in two states on Tuesday.

The big picture: The orders, by federal judges in Kentucky and Louisiana, come one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

Updated 3 hours ago - Science

This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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