"With respect to power outages, oddly enough, because Hurricane Delta was much larger in terms of its wind field, there were more power outages with Delta than there were with Laura. We will get through this". Reports said over hundreds of thousands of people reported power outage across Texas, Louisiana, and MS on Saturday morning, October 10 as the storm moved further inland.
The biggest oil refinery in America had several key production units knocked out as Delta raged, according to people familiar with operations who asked not to be identified.
Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (161 kph) on Friday evening, before weakening to Category 1 an hour later, as it moved inland along the southwestern coast.
While no deaths have been linked to Delta so far, Edwards noted that storm-related fatalities often occur in accidents, such as falls, during clean-up operations or from carbon monoxide poisoning because of improperly positioned home generators.
Delta, the latest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming, appeared destined to set records at landfall.
Laura damaged about 95% of the homes and buildings in Lake Charles, and up to 8,000 residents continue to live in temporary housing.
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A man walks across a street as the outer bands of Hurricane Delta make landfall in Galveston, Texas. on October 9, 2020.
In late August, Hurricane Laura lashed Louisiana, with high-intensity winds reaching 150 miles per hour.
Scenes from Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta.
"I just didn't want to leave".
"The last two storms, we didn't even board up, but this one's supposed to be worse", Charles Fuller said as he covered the windows of the fried chicken restaurant he manages.
This is the sixth time this year that people in Louisiana have had to get ready for an approaching hurricane or tropical storm, while also coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Hurricane Delta makes landfall in southwestern Louisiana
The Louisiana governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous. Gulf Coast businesses got back to work on Saturday after the region was slammed by its second hurricane in six weeks .
Delta is the 26th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters said southern MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
"You can always get another house, another vehicle, but not another life", said Hilton Stroder as he and his wife, Terry, boarded up their Abbeville home on Thursday night with plans to head to their son's house further east.
By 7am (local time), Delta was centered near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line and barely a tropical storm. It was Louisiana's fourth named storm in 2020, after Cristobal, Laura and Marco.
And in Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency like his counterpart Edwards did in Louisiana.
New Orleans may be spared the worst of the storm, although it will be hit by gusty winds and mild rain, said AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, with Lafayette the largest city on the storm's eastern and more unsafe side.
Delta's winds will weaken more Saturday night into Sunday.
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The center of the storm was over northeast Louisiana, but severe storms and rain have spread far inland over the South, including Alabama, which was dealing with severe weather on Saturday morning and could see more through the day.