A Louisiana man shows the ferocity of Hurricane Ida as he films himself trying to open a window against 150mph winds
- Raymond Serigny, a Louisiana man, shared a video on Facebook of him opening his window during Hurricane Ida to show the storm’s intensity
- Shortly after, he informed his Facebook followers that his windows were shattered
- In a second video, he showed the Category 4 storm raging through his open windows and flooding his house
- At least one has been killed in the storm’s aftermath after a 60-year-old man died when a tree fell on his house
- Louisiana has since activated 5,000 National Guard members to conduct search and rescue missions
A Louisiana man shared a video on Facebook in which he opened his window during Hurricane Ida and revealed the intense wind and rain that destroyed his home.
Raymond Serigny posted the video, which shows his hand pushing aside the frame of his air conditioner to show the Category 4 storm as it ripped through the state on Sunday. The scene outside is barely visible as thick gusts of wind and pounding rain hammers outside his house.
The video has so far been viewed more than a million times, shared 50,000 times and received 12,000 comments, most from concerned Facebook users asking if it was safe and others warning him to stay out of his window.
Raymond Serigny, a Louisiana man, shared a video on Facebook of him opening his window during Hurricane Ida to show the storm’s intensity
The scene outside is barely visible as thick gusts of wind and pounding rain hammers outside his house
User Michael Shea Stafford wrote: ‘Be safe bud. But you certainly shouldn’t have stayed. Besides, you’re not standing by a window, bro.’
And Brian Beard wrote, “Get your air conditioner out the window before it blows completely out the window.”
Minutes later, Serigny posted a status message revealing that his windows were blown out and shortly after, he posted another video of him peeking out from behind a door into a windowless room that appears to be severely flooded and full of picture frames and other items. fell during the storm. Gusts of misty wind and rain rush into the room before Serigny closes the door.
The latest update on Serigny’s situation was shared around 11:30 a.m. EST in response to the post from his cousin Blaze, who wrote that he last spoke to him five hours earlier before the phone lines went down.
In a second video, he showed the Category 4 storm raging through his open windows and flooding his house
The windowless room appears to be heavily flooded and full of picture frames and other items that appear to have fallen during the storm
It’s not clear where Serigny is in Louisiana, but his Facebook indicates that he is in a relationship with Betsy Alberes and her Facebook lists that she lives in Golden Meadow, south of New Orleans.
Since the video was posted, at least one has been killed in the aftermath of the storm after a 60-year-old man died when a tree fell on his home. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned Monday that he expects the total death toll “to rise significantly.”
Bel Edwards spoke after Ida left more than 1 million people without power through Louisiana and Mississippi as torrential rain poured across the area, flooding much of New Orleans before it was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday. Louisiana has since activated 5,000 members of the National Guard to conduct search and rescue missions.