A woman tries to remove a tree from the road that has fallen because the Hurricane Delta, which hits Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, has hit the Quintana Roo coast, causing flooding, fallen trees, and more It is estimated that Hurricane Delta will continue on its way to Louisiana, USA.
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Hurricane Delta is now strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico and moving towards the US Gulf Coast after Mexico was largely spared.
Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana have declared a state of emergency and parts of Louisiana are on mandatory evacuation orders.
“Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where life-threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are likely to hit parts of the Louisiana coast starting Friday,” according to the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.
Forecasters warned the Category 2 hurricane could land on Friday with winds of up to 100 mph and a storm surge of up to 11 feet. The storm landed near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday, causing flooding and damage to trees and windows.
Delta would be the seventh named storm and fourth hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast this year, and would continue a particularly brutal Atlantic hurricane season that has ravaged the area.
In August, Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf States, causing at least six deaths and significant property damage. Most of the structures that Laura damaged have not yet been repaired. Laura was followed by Hurricane Sally in September, that moved slowly over the Gulf States and caused massive flooding and destruction.
A view of the damage around the site after Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA on August 30, 2020.
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According to global real estate data and analytics provider CoreLogic, Delta is putting around 293,685 homes valued at nearly $ 62.85 billion at risk for rebuilding.
“Hurricane Delta is on the Gulf Coast just weeks after Hurricane Laura, which inflicted significant wind and storm surge damage on the Texas and Louisiana coasts,” said Curtis McDonald, meteorologist and senior product manager, CoreLogic.
“The residents of these coastal areas are already trying to recover from their losses and are facing a second major storm,” McDonald said in a statement. “This season has been relentless and the Louisians should be prepared for the long recovery road.”
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned that everyone in southern Louisiana is preparing for the Hurricane Delta and planning to be there by Thursday evening.
“We have worked with our federal and local partners to prepare for this hurricane and respond quickly as we continue to recover from Hurricane #Laura and address the COVID-19 public health emergency.” Edwards wrote in a tweet.
Climate change has caused more frequent and more devastating hurricanes. This year is expected to be one of the worst hurricane seasons in the US ever recorded. Hurricane Delta is the 25th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, ending November 30th.