On the coast of Louisiana, authorities are warning of a dangerous storm surge. The reason: Hurricane “Delta”, approaching from the Gulf of Mexico with heavy winds and rain.
Hurricane “Delta” hit the coast of the US state of Louisiana with wind speeds of over 150 kilometers per hour. The storm brought heavy rainfall, authorities warned of up to ten feet high, “life-threatening” storm surges. According to reports from American television stations, more than 200,000 households had no electricity. The hurricane previously weakened from level three to level two over the Gulf of Mexico – and meteorologists expected it to quickly lose strength on its way through Louisiana.
Storm damage not yet repaired
On Saturday evening, however, not everything was flawless. The authorities pointed out, among other things, that the wind could swirl around some of the debris from the previous hurricane “Laura” that was still lying around.
A woman and her child flee from the severe storm “Delta”. (Source: AP / dpa)
“Delta” landed on Friday evening (local time) near the town of Creole. “Laura,” a level four hurricane, passed just a few dozen miles away six weeks ago. The damage to many houses has not yet been repaired. TV images showed that many buildings have blue tarpaulins instead of solid roofs.
Since then, some 10,000 people still live in hotels, as Governor John Bel Edwards said on Friday. Due to the corona crisis, emergency shelters may only be used for a short time during evacuations. After that, people would soon be split into more hotel rooms, Edwards said.
Already the fourth storm of the year
At a speed of more than 20 kilometers per hour, “Delta” moves relatively quickly. Most of the time, cyclones tend to migrate more slowly, even when there are high winds during the storm.
Earnst Jack is waiting at his house for the arrival of hurricane “Delta”. Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP / dpa.
It is the fourth storm to hit the Louisiana coast this year. “Laura,” the strongest of them, killed 30 people, as Governor Edwards said on Friday.
This year’s cyclone season in the Atlantic, which lasts from June to November, has already seen so many strong storms that the 21 names given in alphabetical order have been used up. The meteorologists therefore used the Greek alphabet, which last happened in 2005.