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Traffic is jammed on I-10 westbound amid evacuations ahead of Hurricane Delta on Thursday in Lake Charles Louisiana

Traffic is jammed on I-10 westbound amid evacuations ahead of Hurricane Delta on Thursday in Lake Charles Louisiana

Hurricane Delta, now a tropical storm, hit the United States as a category two hurricane, with top winds of 155km/h, causing landfall near Creole, Louisiana, on Friday evening, on October 9.

Laura, which came ashore with 150-mph (241-kph) winds, "is still very fresh and very raw and I think that had something to do with more people evacuating for Delta", Hunter added.

At 10:00 PM, the center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 30.6 North, longitude 92.6 West. Delta is moving toward the north-northeast near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday morning. It will spread risky storm surge, damaging winds, and heavy rain for a good bit of Louisiana.

Flash flooding could occur in parts of the North Carolina mountains from the remnants of Hurricane Delta, National Weather Service meteorologists warned.

"In this community, there are a lot of homes that were damaged and so a lot of people are concerned about staying in that structure again", said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter.

Delta inflicted most of its damage with rain instead wind.

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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.


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.

"I was hoping and praying that it didn't get into the house, but it did".

More than 17 inches of rain fell in Iowa, and by 9:30 p.m. Friday, Lake Charles also saw more than 16 inches of rainfall.

Delta spared numerous rooftop tarps that were still up, but it flooded some streets and littered others with downed trees and branches. Streets are still littered with debris. "I probably don't have a shingle left on the top of this hotel", owner Roberta Palermo said as the winds howled outside.

One of her guests was Johnny Weaver, a meteorology student who travelled to Louisiana from Tampa to study the storm.

It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged almost every home and building in late August. Two homes under construction were toppled by winds, as were some trees and signs in the area. "Hundreds of houses had blue tarps on their rooftops, where the earlier storm had blown away pieces of the house". Schools and colleges canceled classes on Friday in the coastal Texas counties. Although winds have diminished dramatically since landfall, the flood threat isn't quite over yet.

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Delta rapidly weakened once it moved onto land, and had slowed into a tropical depression Saturday morning.

As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said.

He and a colleague planned to ride out the storm from inside a heavy vehicle equipped with a radar dish.

"You can always get another house, another auto, 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. Delta churned toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, packing a deadly storm surge and winds strong enough to damage well-built homes as it neared an area of Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Laura.

"Rapid weakening is expected overnight and Saturday".

Tropical storm force winds extended as far as 160 miles (260 kilometers) outward from the storm's center, forecasters said early Saturday. Boarded windows and largely empty streets made New Iberia in south-central Louisiana look like a ghost town Thursday evening.

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Associated Press contributors include Rebecca Santana in Jennings, Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge; Gerald Herbert in Lake Charles; Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland; and Sophia Tulp in Atlanta.

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