Hurricane Delta Saturates Storm-Scarred Louisiana; 800,000 Without Power Along Gulf Coast

Published in 10 October, 2020

At a Glance

  • More than 800,000 homes and businesses were without power early Saturday.

  • Many areas flooded as Delta dropped more than a foot of rain in places.

  • Storm surge inundated coastal areas.

  • High winds ripped tarps off homes damaged in Hurricane Laura six weeks ago.

More than 800,000 Gulf Coast homes and businesses were left without power Saturday morning as the remnants of Hurricane Delta continued to push inland across Louisiana and into the South.

Delta, now a tropical storm, already dumped record amounts of rain in some parts of the state, causing flash flooding that stranded cars, made roads impassable and sent water into homes. More than a foot of rain fell in parts of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

“I’ll take all the thoughts and prayers I can get right now,” Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter told CNN, adding that search and rescue missions would begin as soon as it was safe to go outside.

About 7,000 residents of Lake Charles had not been able to return to their homes since they were damaged by Hurricane Laura six weeks ago, Hunter said. Across the city, Hurricane Delta on Friday ripped tarps off the damaged buildings as if they were bright blue Band-Aids.

“I’m in a building right now with a tarp on it and just the sound of the tarp flapping on the building sounds like someone pounding with a sledgehammer on top of the building,” Hunter told the Associated Press. “It’s pretty intense.”

About 75 miles to the east, the town of Delcambre also had water standing in its streets.

More than 595,000 customers were without power in Louisiana as of 7:30 a.m. CDT Saturday, according to poweroutage.us. Another 105,000 outages were being reported in Texas, and Mississippi had almost 95,000. Thousands in Arkansas and Alabama also had no electricity.

Officials in Mississippi’s Franklin County told the Clarion-Ledger a possible tornado snapped trees in the southeastern area of the county on Friday night. A possible tornado was also spotted south of Mobile, Alabama, about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph about 14 miles east of where Hurricane Laura came ashore in Cameron, Louisiana, in August.

More from Louisiana
Westbound Interstate 10 was closed in Lake Charles after three tractor-trailers and an RV overturned on the Calcasieu River Bridge. The state Transportation Department said the interstate would be closed until further notice.

Standing water closed Louisiana State Highway 1 in Lafourche Parish south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow to Leeville, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office listed dozens of roads that had standing water or downed trees blocking them.

More than 15 roads had downed trees or power lines or standing water in Iberia Parish, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Other parishes reporting road closures included St. Martin, St. Landry, Lafayette, Vermillion, Evangeline and Acadia, according to the state Transportation Department.

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