Delta: Floods and Destruction in Louisiana and Mississippi

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Delta made landfall in Cameron Parish in Louisiana on Friday evening, approximately 20 miles where Laura made her path six weeks ago, adding more damages to the devastation brought about by Laura. 

On Saturday, around 3 million people were under flood, and flash flood watches all over Mississippi and Tennessee river valley as Delta continued towards Southeast. 

The hurricane downgraded to a tropical depression when it made landfall near Creole, Louisiana on Friday evening. 

Delta recorded no fatalities. 

The heavy rain continued on Saturday morning, Due to its strong winds and rain, about 700,000 peoples had power outages across Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Saturday afternoon. 

Delta damped more than one foot of rain in Louisiana. Flash flood emergencies were issued after the heavy rains, with portions of southwest Louisiana having up t0 17 inches of rain. 

Weather forecasters said that Delta would move across western and Northern Mississippi, then Tennessee Valley tonight and on Sunday.

Delta: Floods and Destruction in Louisiana and Mississippi

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A home is seen destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana, U.S., October 10, 2020. The picture was taken with a drone. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Damage of Delta in Louisiana

Delta tracked a path similar to Hurricane Laura, hurling the debris from Hurricane Laura, toppling poles, power lines, and uprooting trees and flooding roads. 

According to poweroutages.us, electricity has been cut off to more than 700,000 homes across three states since Saturday morning. Louisiana had 586,600 power outages, Texas had 103,598, and Mississippi had 67, 873. 

The outages have sparked fear among residents as many death associated with Hurricane Laura were due to carbon monoxide poisoning from fumes of generators

“The town is a mess,” Roberta Palermo of Lake Arthur Louisiana said. She said there are debris and trash everywhere from Hurricane Laura that were not picked up yet.

In Cameron Parish, where the Delta first made landfall, the community was swarmed with storm surge as flooding was unleashed. 

Authorities estimate that more than 9,400 Louisianans are now in shelters, 935 of which have been in the shelter since Delta. 

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter told CNN that Delta, despite weaker in strength brought more flooding. 

More than 800 evacuees are being housed in mega-shelter in Alexandria, Lafayette. In Lafayette, authorities advised people looking for hotel rooms to look for other accommodation as there are no vacancies in the city. 

Footages of citizens of Lafayette sent to a television station featured carports swayed by the wind. Felled trees were a common sight. On Saturday, views of severed branches and uprooted water oaks and near misses of fallen tree limbs were common in the town. Around 2,500 members of the Louisiana National Guard were deployed to help the hardest-hit areas.

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Delta’s Wrath in Mississippi 

Meanwhile, as Delta moved through central Mississippi Saturday night, heavy winds toppled down trees and powerlines, blocking out roadways. A tree also fell on a resident’s house in Adam County Friday night. 

Tornado Watch for 3 Million People 

A person inflicted minor injuries when a tornado hit Covington, around 35 miles east of Atlanta. 

Rainbow Shelter, a homeless shelter was also damaged displacing around 30 residents and injuring one person, the city’s emergency management director said. 

National Weather Service gave warning of possible tornadoes in Atlanta, western Georgia, eastern Alabama, Florida Panhandle, covering around 3 million people. 

Delta is expected to weaken into a low pressure on Sunday. 

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