Debris From Hurricane Laura Set Loose During Delta Landfall in Louisiana


Hurricanes Marco and Laura have already made landfall in the state, causing inland flooding and significant damage along the coast.

Delta was tracking to the north-northeast at 16 miles per hour and is forecast to move through MS today and into Tennessee.

For eastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi, Delta is expected to produce an additional 2 to 4 inches of rainfall, with isolated storm totals of up to 10 inches.

Delta made landfall yesterday near the coastal Louisiana town of Creole with top winds of 155 km/h.

"Laura was much worse", Lake Charles resident Matthew Williams, 49, said.

"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.

"It's raining real hard; it's flooding; the wind is strong", Jack said. ".I've got my mother, she's 81 years old and not in the best of health".

Scenes from Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta. Only seven of the 32 deaths in Louisiana and Texas attributed to Laura came the day that hurricane struck. The streets are still littered with debris. It's just the tarps that are blown off.

In the town of Lake Arthur, Delta's winds peeled shingles off the roof of L'Banca Albergo Hotel, an eight-room boutique hotel in what used to be a bank.

"It's heartbreaking", she said.

One of her guests was Johnny Weaver, a meteorology student who travelled to Louisiana from Tampa to study the storm.

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

"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 vehicle was stranded in the water.

Super sand sacks are placed at the top of the exposed and damaged "burrito" levee in preparation for Hurricane Delta storm surge in Grand Isle, La., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Two homes under construction in Galveston were toppled by winds, as were some trees and signs in the area. Although winds have diminished dramatically since landfall, the flood threat isn't quite over yet.

Delta will be the 10th named storm to make landfall in the continental US, another record for what has been an above-average hurricane season.

All eyes remain in the Gulf of Mexico as we continue to watch Hurricane Delta.

A debris leftover from Hurricane Laura was set loose and blocked the road during Hurricane Delta's landfall in Pecan Island, Lousiana, on October 9.

In Lake Charles, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) inland from where Delta came ashore, water leaked through the ceiling of Ernest Jack's bedroom as he tried to sleep Friday night.

The station said photos of crushed cars and damaged homes were widespread, as well.

In September, meteorologists were forced to break out the Greek alphabet to name Atlantic storms for only the second time ever, after the 2020 hurricane season blew through their usual list, ending on Tropical Storm Wilfred.

Ripping tarps off damaged roofs and scattering massive piles of storm debris in the wind and water, Hurricane Delta inflicted fresh damage in Louisiana along the same path of destruction Hurricane Laura carved just six weeks earlier.

Forecasters said the storm would move into the Tennessee Valley Saturday and into Sunday as a tropical depression. The storm's projected path showed it moving into northern MS on Saturday and then into the Tennessee Valley as a tropical depression.

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