Power to be restored to New Orleans by middle of next week

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Power should be restored to almost all of New Orleans by the middle of next week. That’s according to the utility company Entergy, which issued a statement Friday asking for patience in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Utility executives say more than 25,000 workers from 40 states are trying to fix 14,000 damaged poles, more than 2,200 broken transformers and more than 150 destroyed transmission structures. Ida destroyed the city’s electrical grid and left more than 1 million customers in Louisiana without power. In other developments, Louisiana health officials announced an investigation into the deaths of four nursing home residents who were evacuated to a warehouse ahead of the severe weather.