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. "It's still risky out there, and we're just going to have to start over from a few weeks ago".
Delta hit land in southwest Louisiana on Friday night, inflicting widespread damage and knocking out electricity for some 379,636 people in the state and another 108,402 in neighboring Texas, according to PowerOutage.us, a project that aggregates data from utility companies around the country.
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, now a tropical storm, hit the USA as a category two hurricane, with top winds of 155km/h, causing landfall near Creole, Louisiana, on Friday evening, on October 9.
By Saturday morning, Delta had been downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum 40 miles per hour winds. He had gathered food, plenty of water and had covered his windows to protect against flying debris during Delta.
Delta, the latest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming, appeared destined to set records at landfall.
As of late Saturday morning, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported that the highway was closed westbound, until further notice, on the Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles.
Some of Delta's top wind speeds include 110 mph in Texas point, Texas, 97 mph in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 90 mph in Port Arthur, Texas and 89 mph in Cameron, Louisiana.
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"The peak was 638,000 outages across the state of Louisiana", Gov. Edwards said.
Delta was the fourth named storm to strike Louisiana in 2020.
In Galveston, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) from where the centre made landfall, winds toppled trees, street signs and two homes under construction, and with dunes flattened by earlier storms, the surge reached beneath raised houses.
"I just didn't want to leave".
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.
Spotty showers will be replaced by steadier, heavier rain later tonight and Saturday. "The current level of 25% of all customers in Louisiana are without power". Forecasters said remnants could spawn tornadoes in Tennessee Valley into Sunday, and flash floods could hit the southern Appalachians.
One, Tropical Storm Marco, fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip, and others veered elsewhere, but Tropical Storm Cristobal caused damage in southeast Louisiana in June. Forecasters said southern MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
The governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous. The depression was expected to bring heavy rain to eastern Arkansas and northern MS, generally totaling 2 to 4 inches, but with isolated storms bringing up to 10 inches and causing flash flooding.