Ripping tarps off damaged roofs and scattering massive piles of storm debris in the wind and water, Hurricane Delta inflicted fresh damage in Louisiana along the same path of destruction Hurricane Laura carved just six weeks earlier. "We will get through this".
Tens of thousands of people have fled in advance of Delta, and the Associated Press reported that the streets of Lake Charles were empty Friday morning as the first tropical storm-force winds began.
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.
Delta, the fourth storm to be given a name from the Greek name list this season, is especially notable, roaring from named tropical storm to Category 4 in less than two days earlier this week, the fastest since the mid 19th Century.
Arthur Durham, 56, was finishing covering windows at his home with plywood as protection against flying debris.
Timothy Schouest adds diesel to his boat's generator in preparation for Hurricane Delta at Bayou Carlin Cove, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Delcambre, La.
Concern wasn't limited to the Lake Charles and Cameron Parish areas, where Laura came ashore in late August.
It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged almost every home and building in late August.
A man walks across a street as the outer bands of Hurricane Delta make landfall in Galveston, Texas. on October 9, 2020.
As the storm churned northwest at 12 miles per hour (21 kph) late Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center had a hurricane warning in place for a section of the Gulf Coast extending from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.
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Louisiana residents are surveying the damage left by Hurricane Delta after it raked wind and water across their already storm-battered homes.
"I just didn't want to leave".
"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.
As the tropical storm has moved further inland, Texas and MS residents also reported power outage.
But the storm continued bringing heavy rains to the region. It would be the 10th named storm to hit the continental United States this year, surpassing the number that hit in 1916, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.
The station said photos of crushed cars and damaged homes were widespread, as well. "The current level of 25% of all customers in Louisiana are without power".
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said no fatalities had been reported as of Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.
New Orleans, well to the east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape the worst of Hurricane Delta. We could see the chance for localized flooding in some spots, along with a chance of flash flooding on roadways.
As reported, the storm is now expected to move across northeastern Louisiana before moving toward the northern MS and into the Tennessee Valley later Saturday and Sunday.
Delta's winds will weaken more Saturday night into Sunday.