Hurricane Delta expected to crash into U.S. Gulf Coast Friday night

Hurricane Delta expected to crash into U.S. Gulf Coast Friday night

Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, early Friday evening with almost 11 million people in its path before weakening to a tropical storm early Saturday.

Laura, which came ashore with 150-mph (241-kph) winds, "is still very fresh and very raw and I think that had something to do with more people evacuating for Delta", Hunter added. 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.

Parish and local governments all along the coast issued a patchwork of mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, most focused on low-lying areas subject to flooding or on residents with special medical needs who might suffer in prolonged power outages.

"It was quite a night", Lake Charles resident Don Dixon said as he cleaned up branches and assessed his home in Lake Charles.

But restoration was progressing faster than it did after Laura because Delta's winds were less damaging to the infrastructure, he said. Forecasters said remnants could spawn tornadoes in Tennessee Valley tomorrow, and flash floods could hit the southern Appalachians. "I'm OK. I'm not anxious about nothing, just praying that everything goes well".

Delta spared numerous rooftop tarps that were still up, but it flooded some streets and littered others with downed trees and branches. Piles of moldy mattresses, sawed-up trees and other debris still lined the streets. "I just put it in the Lord's hands", Jack said, pointing skyward.

The electricity was out and Palermo said she could see pieces of metal coming off the roof of a 100-year-old building across the street.

"There is a lot of power lines down all over the place, there's. really deep water in certain spots", said hotel guest Johnny Weaver. He had been out in the weather with his friends earlier and the friend's auto was stranded in the water. Two homes under construction were blown down in Galveston, Texas. Although winds have diminished dramatically since landfall, the flood threat isn't quite over yet.

As the storm moved further inland Saturday morning, power was also cut in Texas and Mississippi.

The hurricane was reported as a Category 4 storm when it hit the Mexican coastline earlier in the week.

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.

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.

Delta is the 10th named storm to make landfall in the United States in a single hurricane season, an all-time record.

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.

"Rapid weakening is expected overnight and Saturday".

Delta rapidly weakened once it moved onto land, and had slowed into a tropical depression today. 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.

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