Away from politics, hurricanes continue to plague the south. The Associated Press has the latest:
Ripping tarps from damaged roofs and scattering massive piles of storm debris in the wind and water, Hurricane Delta inflicted a new round of destruction in Louisiana communities still reeling along a path Hurricane Laura carved just six weeks earlier.
Delta hit as a category 2 hurricane, with top winds of 100mph (155km/h) before rapidly weakening over land. By Saturday morning, it dwindled to a tropical storm with 45mph (75km/h) winds, but storm surge and flash floods continued to pose dangers across much of south-western Louisiana and parts of neighboring Texas. Mississippi also got its fair share of rain overnight.
Delta made landfall Friday evening near the coastal town of Creole, only 15 miles (24km) or so from where Laura struck land in August, killing 27 people in Louisiana. It then moved directly over Lake Charles, a waterfront city about 30 miles (50km) inland where the earlier hurricane damaged nearly every home and building, and where moldy mattresses, sawed-up trees and other debris still lined the streets.
Lake Charles’ mayor, Nic Hunter, spoke with the Associated Press as he rode out Delta’s arrival downtown.
Hunter said tarps were flying off homes across the city, and piles of wreckage were being blown around, some of it floating in the surge of ocean water.
“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 said. ”It’s pretty intense.”
Water leaked through the ceiling of Ernest Jack’s bedroom in Lake Charles as he tried to sleep through the storm. Jack said a tarp covering roof damage caused by Laura hadn’t blown off. His windows were covered to protect against flying debris.
“It’s raining real hard; it’s flooding; the wind is strong,” Jack said Friday night. “I’m OK. I’m not worried about nothing, just praying that everything goes well.”
Delta, the 25th named storm of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season, made the record books when it struck the Gulf coast. It was the first Greek-alphabet-named hurricane to hit the continental US. And it became the 10th named storm to hit the mainland US this year, breaking a century-old record set in 1916, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.
Delta was the fourth named storm to strike Louisiana in 2020.