Hurricane Delta regains Category 3 strength – Boston News, Weather, Sports
BATON ROUGE, La. – Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents of southwest Louisiana to still recover from the devastation of Hurricane Laura in late August in preparation for the hurricane delta, which has re-intensified and is likely to become a Category 3 storm will hit the state on Friday.
“It is very clear that southwest Louisiana will have more of this than we are sure we’d like to see,” said the governor at a meeting on Thursday afternoon.
Benjamin Schott of the National Weather Service says gusts of wind in Laura-razed Lake Charles and well into Lafayette in south central Louisiana could exceed 177 km / h and cause significant wind damage.
“At this point we are very confident about this track,” said Schott.
By late Thursday afternoon, Delta had maximum sustained winds of 185 km / h and was located 555 km south of Cameron, Louisiana. It was moving northwest at 19 km / h.
Edwards said that in response to the coronavirus pandemic, local shelters and the state’s mega-animal shelter in central Louisiana have been set up with distant families.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says the latest forecast for Hurricane Delta landed the storm “almost exactly” where Hurricane Laura hit in August.
The governor said in a radio interview Thursday that southwest Louisiana could be aided by the fast pace of Delta, which is expected to be moving in and out of the area faster than Laura.
But he also recognized the fragility of the region due to Laura damaging or destroying thousands of homes. Many rescued homes are still covered in blue tarpaulin awaiting roof repairs or rebuilding.
“These structures have not yet been repaired. The electrical infrastructure there is currently being repaired. And we have people who are very tired. We are still protecting over 6,000 people in southwest Louisiana across 12 hotels, mostly in New Orleans, ”said Edwards. “It will be a very challenging situation.”
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans is located far east of the planned landing area and should escape the worst of the hurricane delta. But tropical storm winds were still likely in the city on Friday. And city officials said they were preparing for the possibility that tornadoes could be caused by the storm.
“Tornadoes will be a threat here,” said Lauren Nash of the National Weather Service on Thursday during a press conference with Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other city officials. Nash said tornadoes were a hazard northeast of the storm center. “Tornadoes in hurricanes can form very quickly and usually only stay on the ground for a few minutes.”
Tyrell Morris, the city’s 911 operator, said it was one reason the staff was increasing on Friday. “Just a single instance of a tornado, even for a few seconds, could overwhelm the 911 system,” said Morris.
LAKE CHARLES, La. – The mayor of one of the largest cities in southwest Louisiana urges people to leave the area in front of the Hurricane Delta.
Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter posted strong warnings on a Facebook video Thursday morning in his city, which was devastated by Hurricane Laura in August.
“This is not a bad dream. It’s not a test run. These are the cards we were dealt, ”Hunter said in the video.
Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed by Laura in the region. Many rescued homes are still covered in blue tarpaulin awaiting roof repairs or rebuilding.
Hunter says people without transportation should go to a city bus stop and drive to the local convention center, where state-run buses will take them from the area to a sanctuary elsewhere in the state.
He told residents that even if their house survived Laura, they shouldn’t assume the house will make it through Delta.
“I know we’ve been through a lot and I know we are tired. But we have a job to do now, and that job is to protect ourselves, ”said Hunter.
CAMERON, La. – The Hurricane Delta continues to move towards the Louisiana coast, where it is expected to land on Friday evening.
The National Hurricane Center announced Thursday morning that the Category 2 storm was about 400 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana. It has maximum sustained winds of 165 km / h and moves to the northwest at 22 km / h.
Most of Louisiana is on Deltas Way, including the southwestern area of Lake Charles, where Hurricane Laura Category 4 caused significant damage in late August.
A hurricane warning is in place from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.
A storm surge warning applies from High Island, Texas to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Forecasters say the storm surge could be as high as 2.1 to 3.3 meters in locations between the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge and Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Governor John Bel Edwards uses phone and text messages to urge Louisiana residents to prepare for the Hurricane Delta.
Edwards spokeswoman Christina Stephens said a 30-second robocall sent to most landlines warned residents that Thursday would be the last day to get ready.
Officials also send text messages to people who have signed up to receive information from the governor’s office. The news advises that much of Louisiana is under tropical storm or hurricane watch due to Delta and that residents “should prepare and make their contingency plans now.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey has overturned a mandatory evacuation order for tourists along the Alabama coast as the Hurricane Delta steams through the Gulf of Mexico towards a likely Louisiana landing.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm is likely to have minimal impact on the Mobile and Baldwin coastal districts.
Ivey said Thursday that local officials agreed to lift the evacuation order but asked residents to continue monitoring the storm for possible storm surges and heavy rain.
The coastal areas are still recovering from Hurricane Sally that landed on the Gulf Coast last month. Officials feared roadside debris and erosion on beaches and dunes could worsen problems should Delta hit Alabama.
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