Hurricane Delta Weakens After Churning Into Storm-battered Louisiana

Workers board up a Walgreens store ahead of Hurricane Delta in Morgan City Louisiana

Workers board up a Walgreens store ahead of Hurricane Delta in Morgan City Louisiana

The projected path included the southwest area of Louisiana where Category 4 Hurricane Laura made landfall less than two months ago. And Laura demolished much of the southwestern part of the state on August 27, causing more than 30 deaths.

But with the water knee-deep along Legion Street in Lake Charles, resident Patrick King had to wade through the water to get to his home after he returned Saturday from spending the night in Beaumont, Texas. "I'm pretty self-sufficient", he told AFP, adding: "I'm used to this".

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

Temperatures are expected to be near normal despite the showers and overcast skies, reported ABC11, The News & Observer's news partner. The few signs of life included cars lined up at a drive-thru daquiri shop and people grabbing food at take-out restaurants. I stayed during Hurricane Laura, too.

In neighbouring Louisiana, where many residents had evacuated their homes on Friday as the storm approached, people emerged on Saturday to assess the damage.

Overnight, the number of customers without power across the state of Louisiana due to Delta is at least 586,128, which is an increase of over 200,000 since 11 p.m. Friday.

Hurricane Delta expected to crash into U.S. Gulf Coast Friday night
Delta is the 10th named storm to make landfall in the United States in a single hurricane season, an all-time record. He had been out in the weather with his friends earlier and the friend's auto was stranded in the water.

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said tarps flew off homes across the city, and in the building where he rode out the storm, a tarp flapping sounded "like someone pounding with a sledgehammer". Randazzo watched pieces of one of his restaurants, Panorama Music House, fly past a meteorologist's vehicle 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.

Hurricane Delta churned toward the Louisiana coast Friday packing ferocious winds and potential for a unsafe storm surge and flooding - prompting the evacuation of people still rebuilding from a devastating storm less than two months ago.

By Sunday morning, we'll be left with widespread light to moderate rain.

Edwards said that as of midday Friday, the state was housing 9,537 evacuees, most of whom are still being sheltered after Laura's devastating damage in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes.

Delta was the 25th named storm of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season and became the first Greek-alphabet-named hurricane to hit the continental U.S. As the 10th named storm to hit the continental U.S. this year, it surpassed a record set in 1916, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.

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

Delta's reach stretched as far west as Galveston, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from where the storm struck 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.

In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves also declared a state of emergency.

08 October 2020, Mexico, Merida: People walk along a road that was flooded by the heavy rains of hurricane "Delta".

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