Hurricane Delta makes landfall in storm-battered Louisiana

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Hurricane Delta has made landfall in the US state of Louisiana, which is still recovering from the damage caused by a previous hurricane in August.

This is the 10th named storm to make US landfall so far this year, breaking a record that has stood since 1916.

Delta hit Creole, Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane at 18:00 civil time (00:00 BST) on Friday, with winds of 100 mph (155 km/h).

It weakened to a Category 1 because it moved inland, causing widespread power cuts.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) also warned of an eight-foot-high “life-threatening storm surge” across the Louisiana coast, caused by high winds from Delta.

The hurricane first made landfall near Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Caribbean coast on Wednesday, forcing thousands of tourists and residents to maneuver into shelters for safety.

Having crossed the Gulf of Mexico, Delta is now moving across central and north-eastern Louisiana, and can enter northern Mississippi and therefore the Tennessee Valley on Saturday.

“Rapid weakening is predicted overnight and Saturday,” the NHC said. “Delta is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm tonight and to a tropical depression on Saturday.”

Schools and government offices shut their doors and officials during a dozen parishes involved evacuations.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards previously said that 2,400 National Guard personnel were being mobilised to assist the state’s residents.

Many people left their homes to undertake to urge out of the storm’s path.

Parts of the state were already severely storm-damaged from the more powerful Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which ripped through homes and uprooted trees when it hit on 20 August.

More than 6,000 people are still displaced and living in temporary accommodation, like hotels, after their homes were destroyed.

Streets in cities like Lake Charles, which was particularly badly-hit by Hurricane Laura, remain suffering from debris.

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter told Reuters press agency that Hurricane Laura “is still very fresh and really raw, and that i think that had something to try to to with more people evacuating for Delta”.

“In this community, there are tons of homes that were damaged then tons of individuals are concerned about staying therein structure again,” he added.

Governor Edwards also previously warned that although Delta was less strong than Laura, it could sweep up debris from the previous hurricane and hurl it like missiles.

Source: bbc news

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