Joe Biden visited Louisiana to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ida.

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The President of the United States will meet with state and local leaders of affected communities.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, travels this Friday to New Orleans, Louisiana, the state most affected by the floods and strong winds left in its wake by powerful Hurricane Ida.

The White House said in a statement that Biden would travel to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ida and meet with state and local leaders of the affected communities.

Biden declared Louisiana a "major disaster" area on Sunday due to the tornado's impact, which made landfall in that state with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and even more intense gusts.

Ida destroyed much of the electrical wiring, especially in the New Orleans metropolitan area, leaving more than a million Louisiana customers in the dark.

Its neighbor, the state of Mississippi, also suffered the lash of the hurricane, which already leaves four dead in those states and a trail of material damage that has not yet been quantified amid the floods.

Biden also approved the declaration of "major disaster" for Mississippi, which allows to quickly mobilize resources from the federal government to support the tasks of local and state entities.

In her daily press conference, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki assured that the president's trip had been planned "in close coordination with leaders on the ground.," To make sure it is done on time "and without interfering with area assistance and rehabilitation work.

Sackie noted that Biden is in contact with the leaders of the two largest Gulf companies, Southern Company and Edison Electric Institute.

Which groups together all the electric companies owned by US shareholders.

The spokeswoman said the president is working "with all levels of the federal government "to accelerate the restoration of electricity service, a task that may take some time.

The death toll from floods in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania rose to 43

At least 43 people have died due to torrential rains, flooding, and strong winds as the remnant of Hurricane Ida passed through the northeastern United States, most in New Jersey, according to the latest accounts by authorities collected by the media. Local.

"I'm saddened to learn that at this time, at least 23 people in New Jersey have lost their lives," New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy told reporters.

New York City police say 15 people were killed and three others were injured in the Westchester suburb. Three people were also killed near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, an official there confirmed.

Thousands of people have had to be evacuated from areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut due to the flooding that the remnants of Hurricane Ida, now downgraded to a storm, has caused in the area, with rains that the authorities have described as historic and they have set records.

The water flooded the basements of buildings, trapping people in their homes, as in the case of a 22-year-old man and his mother who died in a basement in Queens, ABC7 Channel According to Pasick, in his car in NJ.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who declared a state of emergency Wednesday night, told a news conference Thursday that US President Joe Biden has offered federal assistance in assessing the damage and has asked that "money flows" as soon as possible to devastated homes and businesses.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on social networks that we are suffering from a historic weather event with rains that is breaking records across the city, with savage flooding on the roads and dangerous conditions.

The storms are part of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which, now downgraded to a storm, has crossed the eastern part of the country since it entered Mississippi and Louisiana, where it caused severe flooding.