Louisiana braced to relive a nightmare Friday as bands of rain from approaching Hurricane Delta

Residents in southern Louisiana braced for a relive a nightmare on Friday when bunches of rain from a hurricane delta flooded the same area of the state that was hit hard by a deadly hurricane six weeks ago.

Meteorologists said the 25th storm in an unprecedented hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean would likely crash ashore Friday night somewhere off the southwest coast of Louisiana. Hurricane warnings spanned from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana.

Delta, the latest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming, appeared destined to set records at landfall. It would be the 10th named storm to hit the continental United States this year, surpassing the number that hit in 1916, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.

New Orleans to the east was expected to survive the worst effects of the delta. But strong winds of a tropical storm were likely to blow the city on Friday, and local officials said they were preparing for possible hurricanes.

In Mississippi, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, as did his counterpart Edwards in Louisiana. And meteorologists said that southern Mississippi may be exposed to torrential rains and flash floods.


9 October 2020

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