The day after Hurricane Delta blew through the besieged Louisiana bayou, residents started the routine again: dodging overturned cars on the roads, trudging through knee-deep water to flooded homes with ruined floors and no power, and pledging to rebuild after the storm.
"We just got lights back on like two weeks ago and then evacuating again?"
Delta rapidly weakened once it moved onto land, and had slowed into a tropical depression Saturday morning.
Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, packing maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (161 kph), at 6 p.m. on Friday near the town of Creole, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical depression over western MS, the NHC said in a briefing note at around 10am local time (15:00 GMT), with winds of 55 kilometres per hour (35 miles per hour). His windows were covered to protect 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.
But it still brought winds of 100 miles per hour when it hit the town of Creole and then the waterfront city of Lake Charles, which had already suffered major damage from Laura.
Evans, who traveled to Lake Charles from Texarkana, Arkansas, left with her daughter and family for Texas on Thursday evening as Louisiana was closing its flood control gates.
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Louisiana has taken the brunt of the impact of the 2020 hurricane season. We still have an area to watch right now active out in the main development region of the Atlantic and we just have to stay vigilant I think well, to the end of hurricane season, which is November the 30th, but probably even beyond. "I had just put away my daughter's toys".
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. Forecasters said southern MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
River flooding is expected to continue through much of next week across the Calcasieu and Vermilion river basins in Louisiana, the weather agency said.
"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. "The current level of 25% of all customers in Louisiana are without power". Tropical Storm Marco fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip just three days before Laura struck.
New Orleans, to the east, was expected to escape Delta's worst.
In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, as did his counterpart Edwards in Louisiana. We could see the chance for localized flooding in some spots, along with a chance of flash flooding on roadways.
Delta's winds will weaken more Saturday night into Sunday.
Having crossed the Gulf of Mexico, Delta is now moving across central and north-eastern Louisiana, and will enter northern MS and the Tennessee Valley on Saturday.