Conditions along the coast had deteriorated rapidly. More than 700,000 power outages were reported across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi Saturday morning as the Hurricane Delta, now a tropical stormmoved further inland. “Delta will continue to impact portions of the Gulf Coast with storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, and dangerous winds as it advances northward,” the National Weather Service said Saturday. The center of Delta made landfall a little more than 10 miles from where deadly Hurricane Laura slammed into the coast in August. Delta is now expected to move across northeastern Louisiana before heading over northern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley later Saturday and Sunday. Flooding was the biggest concern.
A water level gauge in Freshwater Canal Locks, Louisiana, located in southern Vermilion Parish nearly 50 miles south of Abbeville, Louisiana, reported a storm surge of 7 feet over ground level, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The National Hurricane Center predicted tornadoes Saturday in Alabama, eastern Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle and western/central Georgia. It is also expected to dump another 2 to 5 inches of rain in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, with as 10 inches of rain in some areas. Flooding has been reported in Port Arthur, with water coming out of the channel between the Gulf and the lake, and spilling onto Texas highway 87. About 11 million people were affected. Many people are in shelters.