Delcambre saw flooding in the wake of Hurricane Delta.

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The remnants of Hurricane Delta are expected to reach New Jersey Sunday evening and could douse the state with 1 to 3 inches of rain by the time it leaves early next week, a National Weather Service official said.

The storm could bring with it wind gusts of 30 mph along the coast, but should spare the state of any damage, Jonathan O’Brien, a meteorologist at the agency, said.

“It does look like we’re going to get a good round of rainfall with the remnants of that storm,” O’Brien said.

Delta made landfall in southwest Louisiana Friday night as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of more than 100 mph. It was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday, but more than 750,000 customers in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi were without power.

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The storm was the latest in a busy hurricane season that has hammered the gulf coast. In fact, Delta made landfall near the coastal town of Creole — only 15 miles or so from where Hurricane Laura struck land in August, killing at least 26 people, USA TODAY reported.

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Delta is expected to make its way into the Tennessee Valley on Saturday and Sunday before continuing northeast to New Jersey.

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It should lose most of its power by the time it reaches the Garden State. But it will break what has been a string of picture-perfect October days — with the bulk of the rain beginning late Sunday night and lasting much of Monday, O’Brien said.

Since New Jersey has been in a dry patch, “it should be more of a beneficial, soaking rain,” he said.


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