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.
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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