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How to Watch Local New Orleans Coverage of Hurricane Ida Online For Free

Michael King

Hurricane Ida was one of the most devastating storms to hit the U.S. mainland, making landfall late Sunday morning near Port Fourchon, La., as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane. Its human cost thus far has been prayerfully low, but its financial cost has yet to be measured. Power has been cut off for more than 1 million customers in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, and Ida’s remnants continue to bring severe weather through parts of the South and Southeast.

The flood mitigation system that was constructed around New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago did its job, but power outages and storm damage remain. With many residents having made the decision to evacuate in advance of Ida’s arrival, receiving news from the region has become even more urgent.

That means it’s important to be able to follow coverage even if you don’t have cable. Fortunately, there are Live TV Streaming Services that offer Free Trials, and Free Streaming Options so you can get the latest information available on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

The good news is that all of these services work on your TV, as well as your phone — so if you lose internet connection, but still have cell service — you can still follow the storm coverage.

1. Stream The Weather Channel Live

If you want to stream the The Weather Channel, the only major Live TV Streaming Service that offers the network is fuboTV which offers a 7-Day Free Trial.

DIRECTV STREAM offers The Weather Channel as part of its Choice, Ultimate, and Premier plans, but does not offer a free trial.

Alternatively, FrndlyTV also offers the channel for $5.99 a month.

Unfortunately, services like Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV don’t offer The Weather Channel. However, most of them will stream your local channels which will likely be televising updates on Hurricane Ida as it moves toward the coast.

2. Watch Local News Coverage Live with NewsOn

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, NewsON is offering live local news coverage from their partners in the affected areas, including WWL/WDSU/WVUE in New Orleans, WAFB in Baton Rouge, WLOX Biloxi, and other stations as clean-up efforts continue and officials provide updates and official information about recovery efforts in the region.

You can watch it via their website, their TV apps on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, or on your mobile device on iOS and Android.

3. Watch Local News Updates with Haystack News and VUIt

Free streaming service, Haystack News will continue to provide video updates from their local news partners from around the affected areas. You can view ongoing coverage on the Haystack News website at Haystack.TV, or by downloading their app, available on Android TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, iOS, Android, Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Vizio, and Hisense TV.

Free video streaming service VUIt aggregates local news feeds from a number of stations in the area affected by Hurricane Ida, and are providing ongoing wall-to-wall coverage from stations in the region, including WVUE New Orleans and WAFB Baton Rouge, as well as other stations around the nation. The VUIt streaming app is available for Android, iOS, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.


VUit is a free video streaming service that includes on-demand access to content produced by local TV news stations around the United States. Its partners include Lilly Broadcasting, Heritage Broadcasting, and Gray Television.

Whether you’re feeling homesick or whether you just want to see what’s going on in another part of the country, VUit can give you a window into several American communities.