Posted October 10, 2020 9:28 am by

Hurricane Delta roars ashore on storm-battered US southern coast

Lake Charles, United States, Oct 10 – Hurricane Delta made landfall on the Louisiana coast Friday evening, packing ferocious winds and a “life-threatening” storm surge — and driving out residents still rebuilding from a devastating storm less than two months ago.

Delta became the 10th named storm of the year to make US landfall, a record, meteorologists said.

It roared ashore near Creole, Louisiana as a Category 2 storm on a scale of five, with winds of 100 miles per hour (155 kilometers per hour), the National Hurricane Center said.

“Damaging winds and a life-threatening storm surge continue over portions of southern Louisiana,” the Miami-based center said, adding that one monitoring site was reporting a storm surge of eight feet (2.4 meters) above ground.

Spectators look out towards the Gulf of Mexico as the outer bands of Hurricane Delta reach Galveston, Texas on October 9, 2020 © AFP / Mark Felix

The storm — which the NHC said quickly weakened to a Category 1 as it moved inland — caused widespread power outages in the state.

In Lake Charles, a city in southwest Louisiana that was hit hard by Hurricane Laura on August 20, the streets were deserted Friday as a steady rain fell ahead of Delta’s arrival.

The city is still in disarray from the more powerful Laura, which was a Category 4 and ripped roofs off houses and uprooted trees. Streets are still littered with debris.

“I don’t even know if we’ll have a house when we come back,” said resident Kimberly Hester.

“I just pray to God every night we can at least have a house to come home to.”

Hurricane Delta roars ashore on storm-battered US southern coast

This RAMMB/CIRA satellite image shows Hurricane Delta over the US Gulf Coast on October 9, 2020 © RAMMB/CIRA/AFP

Arthur Durham, 56, was finishing covering windows at his home with plywood as protection against flying debris.

“I stayed for the last one. I’m pretty well prepared. I have a generator back-up, tools, equipment… I’m pretty self-sufficient,” he told AFP, adding: “I’m used to this.”

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Earlier, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that 2,400 National Guard personnel had been mobilized to aid locals.

Hurricane Delta will hit “in the area of our state that is least prepared to take it,” he said late Thursday.

Hurricane Delta roars ashore on storm-battered US southern coast

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