Nearly 730,000 homes and businesses have been left without power in Louisiana on Saturday, October 10, in the wake of Hurricane Delta. Over a foot (0.3 m) of rain fell in some areas as the hurricane made landfall near Creole in the southwest of the state on Friday evening, October 9. Flooding has been reported in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and other coastal towns. Since making landfall, Delta has weakened to a tropical storm but is still forecast to bring heavy rain and flooding to the southern Mississippi River Valley and into the Tennessee Valley over the weekend. Tornadoes are possible on Saturday over parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as parts of Alabama, Tennessee, and the western Florida panhandle.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 07:00 (local time) on Saturday, the storm system was located 70 km (45 mi) east of Monroe (Louisiana), traveling north-northeast at 26 kph (16 mph) and carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph). The center of Delta is forecast to move across northeastern Louisiana on Saturday morning and across northern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley later on Saturday and into Sunday, October 11. Although Delta is forecast to become a tropical depression later on Saturday, up to ten inches (250 mm) of rain could fall in parts of northern Louisiana, southeast Arkansas, and western Mississippi over the next 24 hours, which could lead to flooding in some areas.
Residual disruptions to transport, utilities, and businesses are expected to continue in Louisiana over the coming days. Heavy rainfall, flooding, and associated disruptions are possible in areas along the Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley as the storm passes.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from late May through to the end of November, with activity typically peaking in late August and early September. Numerous tropical storms form in the Atlantic Ocean during this period, with most affecting the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the east coast of the United States. Although communities in the region are generally well prepared for adverse weather conditions during the hurricane season, severe storms bring a significant risk of flooding and infrastructural damage.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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