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Hurricane Delta Floods Parts of Louisiana Still Recovering From August’s Laura

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Hurricane Delta Floods Parts of Louisiana Still Recovering From August’s Laura
An aerial drone view shows a model home surrounded by flooding from Hurricane Delta in an area still recovering from Hurricane Laura on Oct. 10, 2020 in Iowa, Louisiana. Mario Tama / Getty Images

Record-breaking hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Creole, Louisiana Friday evening, striking another blow to a region still recovering from Hurricane Laura just six weeks earlier.


Especially hard hit by the one-two punch of storms was the town of Lake Charles, The Associated Press reported. While Delta was weaker than Category 4 Laura, which damaged almost every building in the town, the second storm brought more flooding, inundating hundreds of the same buildings.

"Add Laura and Delta together and it's just absolutely unprecedented and catastrophic," Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter told The Associated Press. "We are very concerned that with everything going in the country right now that this incident may not be on the radar nationally like it should be."

In addition to walloping Lake Charles, Delta also knocked out power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as of Sunday morning, CNN reported. The outages had deadly results. An 86-year-old man in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana died in a fire after trying to fuel a generator in his shed.

The storm weakened to a post-tropical cyclone and moved north out of Louisiana over the weekend but continued to cause damage. A train derailed in Lilburn, Georgia because of heavy rain, and two tornadoes also touched down in the state, injuring two.

By Sunday night, the post-tropical remnants of the storm were located about 60 miles north-northeast of Atlanta, Georgia and were expected to continue to weaken, the National Hurricane Center said.

The back-to-back impacts of Laura and Delta are a reminder of how catastrophes can compound because of the climate crisis.

"We live today in the age of crisis conglomeration," climate justice writer Mary Annaïse Heglar wrote for Rolling Stone Oct. 4. "It is no longer useful or honest or even smart to look at any of them through a single lens."

The climate crisis is making hurricanes wetter and more likely to intensify rapidly, as both Laura and Delta did. And the storms together have forced more than 9,000 people in Louisiana into shelters in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, as The Washington Post reported.

"We are responding to Hurricane Delta and continue to recover from Hurricane Laura in a covid environment," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday, urging people to continue social distancing and wearing masks as they respond to the storm.

On Sunday, he said 20 more people in the state had died of the disease.

Hurricane Delta is also the latest record-breaker in an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season. It was the earliest ever 25th named storm, and the 10th named storm to make landfall in the U.S., the most ever in a single season, meteorologist Steve Bowen pointed out on Twitter.

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