Hurricane Delta: Destructive Aftermath as Louisiana Looks to Rebuild

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Record-setting late-season storm Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana Friday evening before heading north to dump rainfall all over the Southeastern US. At least three people are confirmed to have died from Delta’s impact, even as that storm dissipates into scattered showers along the Mid-Atlantic states.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana and Texas are currently experiencing power outages. The storm made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, bringing destructive storm surge and torrential rainfall all over the Southeastern corner of Louisiana. As it approached, it spun off no less than ten tornadoes, which were spotted all across the Southeast.

Impact from the Historic Storm

Hurricane Delta, the twenty-fifth named storm of the 2020 season, made devastating landfall in Louisiana. Its heavy rainfall and storm surge spurred on flooding in some regions of the state.

A train was derailed in Georgia following the heavy rainfall from the storm system. The state also saw an EF1 tornado with wind speeds between 87 and 90 miles an hour about 35 miles east of Atlanta.

Much of Northern Georgia, the Carolinas, and Georgia saw flash flood warnings across the weekend. This was due to upwards of six inches of rainfall in the region from Delta’s remnants as they crawled north along the coastline. The storm is projected to bring heavy rainfall as far north as New Jersey according to the weather forecasts.

Louisiana Prepares to Rebuild

“Even if it wasn’t quite as powerful as Hurricane Laura, it was much bigger,” said Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards. “Obviously, this was a very serious, very large and powerful storm that produced significant amounts of damage.”

The storm brought an eye-watering 17 inches of rainfall to some regions of Louisiana, even as the region was still recovering from Hurricane Laura in August. Hazards ranging from power outages, downed power lines, and displaced wildlife were chief among Edwards’ ongoing concerns in the region.

Season Rolls On

Thankfully for the Caribbean and Southeastern US, there are currently no storms being monitored in the Atlantic basin. However, this hurricane season is far from over.

Even in a normal hurricane season, there tends to be at least one hurricane after mid-October. For anyone keeping track, 2020 has had a far from normal hurricane season.

As such, it’s likely that yet another storm could form in the Atlantic basin before the end of the year. If this does occur, such a storm would earn a name from the NOAA’s backup list of Greek letter names. The next name on the list would be Epsilon.