- First Hurricane Delta Watch is issued for parts of the US Gulf Coast as it approaches.
- It aired Wednesday night as Hurricane Delta was moving toward the north gulf coast with sustained winds of 100 mph.
- The powerful Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen as it approaches shore.
On Wednesday night the first warning for the US was issued for Hurricane Delta. The powerful Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen as it approaches shore, triggering a “life-threatening” storm surge and dangerous winds on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Most dramatically, according to the NHC, communities expected to bear the brunt of the storm are still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which destroyed parts of Louisiana’s power grid and left thousands homeless.
Now it is expected that Delta, already with historic marks in more ways than one, carry up to 11 feet of water to some parts of Louisiana.
After making landfall in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 2 hurricane, the center of the storm is forecast to move over the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.
It will approach the areas under the alert on Friday, then move into the interior of the country on Friday night.
The alert covers areas east of Sabine Pass to Morgan City, Louisiana.
One of the communities preparing for the impact is Lake Charles, which was left in ruins after Hurricane Laura made landfall in August.
“There has been a lot of progress since Laura, but there are still a lot of people going through pain and struggle,” Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter wrote in a Facebook post this week.
“If ever there was a community that could survive 2020, it would be Lake Charles. I firmly believe that we are up to the task ”.
Hurricane Delta Warning: Parts of Louisiana could see up to 11 feet of water.
A powerful storm surge and a tide will flood areas near the coast that are generally dry, the NHC said.
Areas from Pecan Island to Port Fourchon in Louisiana, including Vermilion Bay, could see up to 11 feet of water, while other parts from Cameron to Pecan Island could see up to 7 feet of water.
“The swell will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves”, He said the National Hurricane Center.
Delta could also drop up to 8 inches of rain between Friday and Saturday, across parts of the central Gulf Coast to the Middle Mississippi Valley, the center said. As the storm moves further into the country, the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic could also see several inches of rain.
The Cameron district, the westernmost district along the Louisiana coast, ordered a mandatory evacuation for the “majority” of the population, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a news release. The order goes into effect Thursday morning.
“These are unprecedented circumstances and we realize that a large portion of our residents are still displaced due to Laura,” the office said.
Officials also issued a mandatory evacuation in the Calcasieu district. Strong winds are expected there for Thursday night. According to the Hurricane Center, hurricane conditions are expected in the warning area for Friday night.
Hurricane Delta Warning: Communities devastated by Hurricane Laura await another disaster
Hurricane Delta comes a few weeks after Hurricane Laura struck communities in the south, leaving 15 dead.
There are still thousands of refugee evacuees in hotels throughout Louisiana, and thousands more in Texas, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a news conference Wednesday.
He added that there are more than 10,000 homes destroyed by Laura in southwestern Louisiana and that some 35,000 more homes were heavily damaged and another 38,000 moderately damaged.
“This is the reality many homeowners face as we prepare for Delta,” Edwards said. “Obviously, it’s not a very good situation.”
For her part, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency and urged residents to “prepare for the worst.”
“At this time, the heaviest rain and the strongest wind are anticipated to be felt from Friday afternoon through noon Saturday in southwestern Mississippi and further north along the Mississippi River,” the office said. from the governor in a statement Wednesday.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced in a press release that the state was preparing resources ahead of the storm to be ready to respond to local communities.
Hurricane Delta Warning: The first warning for the US is issued.
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