Tropical Depression Delta drenched southwestern Louisiana with almost a foot and a half of rainfall causing flash floods and heavy winds that cut power to hundreds of thousands Saturday. Right after we went back home after Laura, we have to leave again for Delta. It was barely a tropical storm Saturday morning, with top winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), but heavy rain, ocean water from the storm surge and flash floods continued to pose dangers across much of southwestern Louisiana and parts of neighbouring Texas.
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.
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.
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.
"We're picking up the pieces, but we have quite a road ahead of us", Nic Hunter, the mayor of Lake Charles, a city of 75,000 people in Louisiana's southwest region, told CNN on Saturday. Storm surge reached 2.4 metres east of Cameron, a sparely populated coastal community devastated by 2005's Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike in 2008.
People in south Louisiana steeled themselves as Delta delivered driving rain, powerful winds and rising water to a part of the state still recovering from a deadly catastrophic hurricane six weeks ago. Only seven of the 32 deaths in Louisiana and Texas attributed to Laura came the day that hurricane struck. "I had just put away my daughter's toys".
"The last two storms, we didn't even board up, but this one's supposed to be worse", Charles Fuller said as he covered the windows of the fried chicken restaurant he manages.
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The hurricane center is also watching another tropical wave far to the east in the central Atlantic, but it has low chances of becoming a named storm as of Saturday morning.
He and a colleague planned to ride out the storm from inside a heavy vehicle equipped with a radar dish.
As the 10th named storm to strike the continental USA this year, Delta's arrival snapped a century-old record.
This week marked the sixth time of the current season that Louisiana has been threatened by tropical storms or hurricanes.
The remnants of Delta exit the area Monday night.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said no fatalities had been reported as of Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.
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 risky side. We could see the chance for localized flooding in some spots, along with a chance of flash flooding on roadways. "Delta is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm tonight and to a tropical depression on Saturday", the NHC said.