Category 2 hurricane Delta makes landfall on US Gulf Coast

Rain moves into Central AL today; Delta expected to make landfall this afternoon in Louisiana

Hurricane Delta bears down on storm-weary US Gulf Coast

It was reported the hurricane turns tropical storm Delta has pounded southwestern Louisiana with almost a foot and a half of rainfall that has led to the flash floods.

Louisiana residents confronting the menace of a new hurricane weeks after one battered parts of the state got stark warnings Thursday to brace for winds that could turn still-uncollected debris into unsafe missiles and again knock out power to thousands.

The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical depression over western MS, the NHC said in a briefing note at around 10am local time (15:00 GMT), with winds of 55 kilometres per hour (35 miles per hour). Hurricanes Marco and Laura have already made landfall in the state, causing inland flooding and significant damage along the coast. And Laura demolished much of the southwestern part of the state on August 27, causing more than 30 deaths.

Delta made landfall Friday evening near the town of Creole, a few miles east of where Laura hit in August, and then moved directly over Lake Charles, a waterfront city where almost every home was already damaged.

"This is not a bad dream". He added, "I know that we've been through a lot, and I know that we're exhausted".

Residents in coastal towns appeared to be taking the latest threat seriously.

More than 48,000 people in the state without power, cooperative reports
Boarded windows and largely empty streets made New Iberia in south-central Louisiana look like a ghost town Thursday evening. As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said.


Temperatures are expected to be near normal despite the showers and overcast skies, reported ABC11, The News & Observer's news partner. I stayed during Hurricane Laura, too.

Through Saturday, Delta is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches, from the southwest into central Louisiana.

More than half a million Louisiana residents woke up on Saturday without electricity after Hurricane Delta tore across the state, some only having just had their power restored after Hurricane Laura wiped it out weeks ago.

Delta will be the 10th named storm to make landfall in the continental USA, another record for what has been an above-average hurricane season. Randazzo watched pieces of one of his restaurants, Panorama Music House, fly past a meteorologist's auto on a Facebook Live video during Hurricane Laura.

Debris piles went airborne as Delta blew through, and some of the wreckage floated around in the storm surge.

In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, as did his counterpart Edwards in Louisiana.

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Delta brought widespread flooding to streets and riverbanks, mostly in southwestern Louisiana, after closely tracking the path of destruction left by the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which came ashore in late August with 241km/h winds.

"And we've got people who are very exhausted", the governor said.

As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said. More than 9,400 people were being sheltered by the state Saturday, but only 935 were Delta evacuees, Edwards said.

Earlier Friday, it had sustained winds of 185 kph, putting it at Category 3 strength. No deaths or injuries were reported there.

"Damaging winds and a life-threatening storm surge continue over portions of southern Louisiana", the Miami-based centre said, adding that one monitoring site was reporting a storm surge of 2.4 metres above ground.

The remnants of Delta exit the area Monday night.

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"It's devastating and it's emotional for the citizenry", Mayor Nic Hunter said as he prepared to ride out the storm in downtown Lake Charles. Some heavy rain is possible.

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