WATCH: Louisiana Gov. Edwards says over 400,000 still without power

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Louisiana, most of them outside New Orleans, still didn’t have power Tuesday and more than half of the gas stations in two major cities were without fuel nine days after Hurricane Ida slammed into the state, splintering homes and toppling electric lines.

Watch Edwards’ remarks in the player above.

“With respect to power outages, the last number I saw is we’re down to 435,000 customers. That means homes and businesses without power. That’s a lot, but it’s down from 1.1 million,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a press conference on Tuesday.

The power situation has improved greatly since Ida first hit.

In the first hours after the storm, nearly 1.1 million customers were in the dark — including all of New Orleans.

With the help of tens of thousands of workers from power companies in numerous states, the state’s biggest energy provider, Entergy, has been able to slowly bring electricity back, leaving only 19 percent of its customers in the region without power as of Tuesday.

The governor also announced two more deaths that were blamed on Ida.

As residents struggled to recover, state organizations, church groups and volunteers labored for a ninth day to hand out food, water and other necessary supplies to those left without resources when their homes were destroyed or left uninhabitable.

Fuel shortages also persisted across hard-hit areas of the state. More than 50 percent of gas stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge remained without gasoline Tuesday morning, according to GasBuddy.com.

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