The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta arrived in southwest Louisiana on Friday night as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph but quickly weakened into a tropical storm.
He again inflicted destruction on communities in places such as Lake Charles, which was still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which killed 27 people across Louisiana six weeks ago.
Laura’s debris still lined the streets and town mayor Nic Hunter said Delta ripped tarps from houses across town.
He said, “I’m in a building right now with a tarp on it and just the sound of the tarp pounding on the building sounds like someone hammering with a hammer on top of the building. ”
Jeanne-Marie Gove, in Lafayette, about 121 km east of Lake Charles, stayed in the area during Laura and chose to curl up during Delta.
She said she could hear debris hitting the front door of her house on Friday night, describing it as “much worse than what Hurricane Laura brought.”
“The gusts of wind cause the glass in our windows to tilt inwards,” she added. “It’s pretty scary. ”
Delta caused power outages in Louisiana and Texas for 600,000 homes and businesses early Saturday, while nearly 40,000 properties suffered power outages in Mississippi.
On Saturday morning, the Delta’s maximum sustained winds were 60 mph and it is expected to downshift to a tropical low as it moves through the northern Mississippi into the Tennessee Valley.
Delta was the fourth named storm to hit Louisiana in 2020: Tropical Storm Marco collapsed when it hit southeast Louisiana just three days before Laura. And Tropical Storm Cristobal caused damage in southeast Louisiana in June.