Tropical Storm Delta weakens while spreading rain and tornado threat farther inland

Sunday, 11 Oct, 2020

Footage circulating on social media showed powerful gusts sweeping through the streets of multiple Louisiana cities, including Jennings and Lake Charles, where power lines were also seen downed by the wind.

"We just got lights back on like two weeks ago and then evacuating again?"

"The last one was the worst one, this one can not be worse", said Olmsted, who works for an electrical utility and lives with her boyfriend.

The U.S. Coast Guard has not closed any ports in the region, but the following ports remain open with restrictions on vessel movement: Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Plaquemines, South Louisiana, St. Bernard and the Venice Port Complex in Louisiana; as well as Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama.

It roared ashore near Creole, Louisiana, as a Category 2 storm on a scale of five, with winds of 155km/h, the National Hurricane Center said.

"It really is nowhere near the amount of damage that Hurricane Laura did, and I'm very grateful for that", Cormier said as he cleared up tree branches and garbage from the street so it wouldn't be a hazard for passing cars. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a concern when people run generators, as is the risk of people being hurt by falling trees. In Lafayette, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Lake Charles, Jeanne-Marie Gove could hear debris hitting the front door of her apartment Friday night and her patio gate banging open and shut.

Louisiana residents confronting the menace of a new hurricane weeks after one battered parts of the state got stark warnings Thursday to brace for winds that could turn still-uncollected debris into risky missiles and again knock out power to thousands.

Hurricane Delta will hit "in the area of our state that is least prepared to take it", he said late Thursday. Large swells and rip currents prompted beach closures as far west as the mouth of the Rio Grande.

An aerial view of flood waters from Hurricane Delta surrounding structures destroyed by Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Delta bears down on storm-weary US Gulf Coast

"Delta is moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today followed by a north-northeastward motion by tonight", the U.S. National Hurricane Centre says.

"Delta is the fastest storm to intensify from tropical depression to a Category 4 storm in modern records", said Michael Ventrice, a meteorological scientist for The Weather Company. No one was injured. But the double punch of the back-to-back storms - on top of the pandemic - has left many in the community reeling, she said.

Many neighborhood houses are covered with tarps from previous hurricane damage, and the home Fuselier was working on had already suffered roof damage from a fallen tree and smashed windows during Laura. Across the disaster area, people could only wait for the waters to recede before getting a full view of the damage.

In Mississippi, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, as did his counterpart Edwards in Louisiana. But I think anything goes this year. Forecasters said remnants could spawn tornadoes in Tennessee Valley into Sunday, and flash floods could hit the southern Appalachians.

Delta was the 25th named storm of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season and became the first Greek-alphabet-named hurricane to hit the continental U.S. As the 10th named storm to hit the continental U.S. this year, it surpassed a record set in 1916, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.

"It's exhausting", she told AFP.

"My husband hadn't even unpacked his suitcase", McGrady said, who works for a Catholic publisher.

"I just didn't want to leave".