Published on : Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Powerful Category 2 storm Hurricane Delta smashes the entire part of Louisiana. There are two people reported to have died as remnants of this powerful tropical hurricane brought widespread torrential downpour to the US mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Monday.
An 86-year-old man died in St. Martin Parish after a fire started as he was fueling a generator in a shed, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday. A 70-year-old woman died in Iberia Parish in a fire likely caused by a natural gas leak following damage from the storm, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
Meanwhile, large numbers of residents in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi woke up in the dark Monday morning after Delta made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane.
Louisiana had also seen about 180,000 power outages as of Monday morning, while Texas had about 30,000 and Mississippi had about 16,000, according to estimates from poweroutage.US. This tropical storm system spawned 10 tornado reports from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas. At least two tornadoes in north and central Georgia on Saturday injured two people, according to the National Weather Service.
On Monday, vestiges of Delta brought gusty winds and rain to the northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Hurricane Delta was the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Five hurricanes have made landfall in the US this year — the most since 2005 — and 10 named storms have hit this year in the continental US — the most since nine landfalls were recorded in 1916.
Delta hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula last Wednesday before making landfall with 100-mph winds near Creole, Louisiana, not far from where Laura made landfall less than two months ago.