Hurricane Delta churned toward the Louisiana coast Friday packing ferocious winds and potential for a risky storm surge and flooding - prompting the evacuation of people still rebuilding from a devastating storm less than two months ago. "We will get through this".
Washington, Oct 10 (IANS) The Category 2 hurricane Delta has made landfall on the US Gulf Coast with winds of 160 km per hour and leaving hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana and Texas without electricity, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
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 has made landfall on the Louisiana coast, packing ferocious winds and a "life-threatening" storm surge, and driving out residents still rebuilding from a devastating storm less than two months ago.
"The remnants of Tropical Storm Delta will pose a risk of heavy rainfall to the NW Piedmont on Sunday, which may result in urban and poor drainage flooding and isolated flash flooding". He had gathered food, plenty of water and had covered his windows to protect against flying debris during Delta.
Satellite image of Hurricane Delta.
With the water knee-deep along Legion Street in Lake Charles, resident Patrick King had to wade through the water Saturday to get to his home after he returned from spending the night in Beaumont, Texas.
It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged almost every home and building in late August. It will spread unsafe storm surge, damaging winds, and heavy rain for a good bit of Louisiana.
A vehicle moves through a flooded street as Hurricane Delta approaches, in Baker, Louisiana, U.S., October 9, 2020.
Tropical Storm Delta weakens while spreading rain and tornado threat farther inland
This week marked the sixth time of the current season that Louisiana has been threatened by tropical storms or hurricanes. John Bel Edwards said no fatalities had been reported as of Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.
Scenes from Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta. There was a previous storm named Delta in November 2005. "I had just put away my daughter's toys".
"I stayed for the last one". Louisiana residents are advised to prepare for flooding and tornados from the storm. Forecasters said southern MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
This week marked the sixth time of the current season that Louisiana has been threatened by tropical storms or hurricanes.
New Orleans, well east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape Delta's worst impacts.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said President Donald Trump approved his request to declare a federal emergency, which frees up federal resources. Forecasters said southern MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
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.
The Louisiana governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.