Delta downgraded to tropical depression, causes outages, damage
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Hurricane Delta made landfall Friday evening as a Category 2 storm near Creole, just six weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall in nearby Cameron.
Delta brought powerful winds that reached speeds of 100 mph near Texas Point along with life-threatening storm surge advisories from east Sabine Pass to the mouth of the Pearl River, and strong rain to south Louisiana.
The storm crossed into Mississippi later Saturday as it continues to weaken, bringing tornado warning and gusty winds.
The USA Today Network Louisiana provided live updates throughout Saturday. See updates below.
3:30 p.m. Saturday:
2:20 p.m. Saturday: Lafayette Parish-wide curfew Saturday night
After consulting with the Mayors, Chiefs of Police, and Chiefs of Fire in Lafayette Parish, and in consideration of numerous power outages and extensive debris across the parish, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory is implementing a parish-wide curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday and ending at 6 a.m. Sunday.
2 p.m. Saturday: Peak Delta winds by parish
- Acadia: Crowley, 62 mph at 5:48 p.m.
- Allen: Oakdale, 32 mph at 9:25 p.m.
- Avoyelles: Plaucheville, 52 mph at 9:25 p.m.
- Beauregard: DeRidder, 61 mph at 10:55 p.m.
- Calcasieu: Lake Charles, 96 mph at 6:11 p.m.
- Cameron: Cameron, 89 mph at 6:31 p.m.
- Iberia: New Iberia, 90 mph at 7:27 p.m.
- Jefferson Davis: Jennings, 81 mph at 6:35 p.m.
- Lafayette: Lafayette, 75 mph at 8:04 p.m.
- Rapides: Alexandria, 61 mph at 1:52 a.m.
- St. Landry: Opelousas, 75 mph at 8:55 p.m.
- St. Mary: Salt Point, 60 mph at 4:44 p.m.
- Vermilion: Pecan Island, 66 mph at 6:31 p.m.
- Vernon: Vernon, 66 mph at 10:59 p.m.
1:20 p.m. Saturday: Tornado watch issued
1 p.m. Saturday: ‘A lot of people are afraid of the weather … But we’re not.’
Ronnie Guidry and his wife Geneva cleaned up tree branches and twigs Saturday from the front yard of their Jennings home.
The couple decided to ride out Hurricane Delta in the nearly 100-year-old home they’ve lived in since selling a larger home a few blocks away after their five children grew up and moved out. Their cocker spaniels – Buddy, Barley and Billy – stayed with them.
When the storm passed through, Guidry said he heard a soft whistling noise from where the wind was blowing in through a mail slot in the door, but otherwise things were quiet at his home.
“A lot of people are afraid of the weather,” the 79-year-old said. “But we’re not.”
12:45 p.m. Saturday: Majority of St. Landry Parish without power
More than 85% of residents in St. Landry Parish are still without power Saturday morning according to KLFY. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said there were still many trees and power lines down, and that lots of debris was covering the roads.
He advised residents to stay home.
12 p.m. Saturday: University of Louisiana at Lafayette reopens
11:45 a.m. Saturday: About 688,000 lost power from Delta
Peak power outages for Hurricane Delta appear to be around 688,000 according to the Louisiana Public Service Commission outage report, though this number is coming down. After Hurricane Laura, around 615,000 customers lost power. Despite being a weaker storm than Laura, Delta’s bands went over some more populated areas.
11:30 a.m. Saturday: No known Hurricane Delta fatalities
Mike Steele, Communications Director for the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security said, as of 11 a.m., no deaths had been reported or attributed to Hurricane Delta according to KLFY.
11 a.m. Saturday: ‘Notice the blessed Virgin Mary never moved’
At least two homes in Delcambre were hit by downed trees after Hurricane Delta.
Ronald Allen sat in his neighbor’s backyard Friday morning, looking at the tree that had fallen on their house. Their shed was multiple feet off the ground, resting on the tree’s massive roots.
They had left town ahead of the storm, but knew about the damage, he said.
“Notice the blessed Virgin Mary never moved,” Ramona Jones, Allen’s daughter-in-law, said about the cement statue situated just in front of the shed.
In Allen’s yard, another downed tree laid along the side of his home, with branches partially covering his back porch. It just barely missed the house.
— Krista Johnson
10:30 a.m. Saturday: Iberia Parish compares Delta to Laura, Rita
“It’s getting exhausting,” Catina Dooley said after walking through the flood water surrounding her Delcambre home after Hurricane Delta.
She and her family had just moved their cattle back to their farm in Intercoastal City last week after having to evacuate the 100 head of cattle ahead of Hurricane Laura. Before Delta hit the area, the cattle had to be moved out again, the third time this year.
In Delcambre, Dooley said the water started rising around 11 p.m., when she had to move her trucks that were holding down her carports out of the neighborhood.
“It was rough, the walls were shaking,” she said.
Several residents were out assessing the storm’s damage Saturday morning, by foot, boat and truck. In comparison to Laura, they said, there was a lot less water, but the winds were far worse. With many of the houses on stilts, neighbors used their boats to help others get to dry land. Many were without power.
Across the Iberia Parish, about 75% were without power. On Main Street, a tree hit the side of one home.
“This is just going to kill her,” Mayor Pam Blakely said about her aunt, who’s home had a significant sized hole in its roof from the tree. Her aunt is 90 and recently underwent a surgery. Blakely briefly teared up talking about the damage these storms have wreaked on the town’s hard-working residents.
She recalled when Hurricane Rita plowed through Delcambre, flooding her family members’ homes and her business. Then, she said, we had nowhere to go.
This time, they were lucky, she said.
“We are counting our blessings – we all have our houses.”
— Krista Johnson
10:15 a.m. Saturday: Delta downgrades to tropical depression
Delta weakened to a tropical depression over western Mississippi, though heavy rain threats continue according to the National Hurricane Center. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected, and Delta is expected to decay to a remnant low pressure area on Sunday.
9:30 a.m. Saturday: ‘Tin was flying across the street’
Darrell Segura, 58, was grilling hamburgers on a pit in front of Holy Temple Church of Deliverance in Crowley the day after Hurricane Delta blew through town. His home lost “one sheet of tin in the front and one mulberry tree in the back,” he said.
He rode out the storm overnight that and said the wind overnight reminded him of what he experienced as a teenager during Hurricane Audrey.
“I sit in the front room with the door open,” Segura said. “Tin was flying across the street. Sitting in my front room, I refuse to go to the door and stick my head out.”
9:07 a.m. Saturday: ‘I shall not be shaken.’
8:45 a.m. Saturday: Governor John Bel Edwards comments on storm
“Delta has left hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife in our communities that no one should take lightly,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Saturday. “Everyone needs to remain vigilant, continue to listen to local officials and be safe.”
8:30 a.m. Saturday: Storm surge floods Delcambre
Hurricane Delta brought storm surge into Delcambre, Louisiana, flooding the streets of the small town known for its shrimp boat fleet.
Delcambre is along the Iberia and Vermillion parish line.
— Krista Johnson
8:15 a.m. Saturday: Large oak trees uprooted, damaging power lines in Crowley, Acadia Parish
There are limbs and branches down across Crowley in Acadia Parish, with some large oaks uprooted and felled power lines, the day after Hurricane Delta brought strong winds through the city.
Residents who rode out the storm were working diligently to clean up Saturday morning as many who evacuated we’re returning to help.
— Leigh Guidry
7:53 a.m. Saturday: Minor destruction in Abbeville, parish seat of Vermillion
As Saturday’s sunrise sheds first light on the damage caused by Hurricane Delta in Acadiana, much of the area remains without power.
In Vermilion Parish, where storm surge pushed one coastal buoy to a record 10.6 feet overnight, the power outage is nearly universal with some 22,000 SLEMCO and Entergy customers without electricity Saturday morning before crews could begin work.
High speed winds in Abbeville late Friday night caused minor destruction downtown, with shattered windows and damaged roofs coming to light at Saturday’s sunrise.
— Andrew Capps, reporting in Abbeville
7:40 a.m. Saturday: Delta was the 4th hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in 2020
Hurricane Delta incredibly made landfall just 12 miles east of where Hurricane Laura came ashore in Louisiana 6 weeks ago.
7:25 a.m. Saturday: Louisiana State Police release road closure information
Louisiana State Police urge residents to remain weather aware and avoid travel in inclement weather. Use https://www.511la.org/#:Alerts for road closures and traffic information.
7:10 a.m. Saturday: Tropical Storm Delta marches across Louisiana
Delta is now over northeastern Louisiana. Heavy rains and tropical storm force winds continue near its path.
6:55 a.m. Saturday: Area waterways are full
According to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, the Vermillion River at Lafayette is at 16.6 feet this morning. Flood stage there is 10 feet. Bayou Vermillion near Carencro is at 16.19 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet.
6:40 a.m. Saturday: “It’s worse than we thought”
Sen. Ronnie Johns says Hurricane Delta is “worse than we even thought (in Lake Charles and Sulphur) again. We’re getting tore up again. It’s disheartening, but we’ll be OK.”
Lake Charles saw large waves and rising waters as Hurricane Delta made landfall on Friday evening. Over nine inches of rain has fallen since landfall.
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
6:28 a.m. Saturday: Stay off the roads!
Many traffic lights are out, trees and power poles are across many roads in Acadiana. LA 167 going south to Abbeville is blocked with power poles across the road. Darkness makes it difficult to determine the extent of the damage and dangerous to travel.
Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 storm in Creole, La. on October 9, 2020.
6:15 a.m. Saturday: Extremely windy conditions and power outages blanket the state
More than 300,000 homes and businesses are without power as the impact of Delta continues to be felt across Louisiana.
5 a.m. Power outages persist Saturday morning
More than 100,000 people are without power across Louisiana and the numbers are continuing to increase. See map of power outages across south Louisiana.
The USA Today Network Louisiana is providing live updates throughout the day Saturday. Check back for updates throughout the day.
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