The Latest: Nearly 370K in Louisiana without power

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Delta (all times CDT):

11:30 a.m.

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Nearly 370,000 customers in Louisiana are without power because of Hurricane Delta.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Sunday released its latest outage figures from the storm. In hard hit Cameron Parish, nearly three-quarters of customers don’t have power.

Utility trucks could be seen driving westward along I-10 in the early morning hours, as crews worked to restore electricity.

Gov. John Bel Edwards was scheduled to provide an update on the storm’s impacts later in the day before meeting with officials in Allen and Evangeline parishes.

Delta stormed ashore Friday evening in southwest Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane and then began weakening quickly over land.

4 a.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Rain from post-tropical cyclone Delta is saturating states across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

The Weather Prediction Center says in a 4 a.m. advisory that the once-major hurricane is expected to drop 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 centimeters) of rain on parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. Flash, urban and small stream flooding is forecast for those states, with the Calcasieu and Vermillion river basins in Louisiana in danger of moderate to major river flooding in the coming week.

The system is located early Sunday roughly 65 miles (105 kilometers) east-northeast of Tupelo, Mississippi, and about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south-southwest of Nashville, Tennessee.

Maximum sustained winds are around 30 mph (45 kph) and expected to weaken over the next several hours. Delta is forecast to dissipate over central Appalachian states by Sunday night.

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Forecasters say a few brief tornadoes are possible in the Carolinas on Sunday.


9 p.m.

ATLANTA — Remnants of Delta have triggered heavy rainstorms in parts of the Southeast, prompting flash flood and tornado warnings in the Atlanta area and other parts of Georgia. There were no immediate sightings of any confirmed tornadoes but fallen trees and other storm damage were reported.

WSB-TV reported one of the storms on Saturday heavily damaged a homeless shelter in Covington, east of Atlanta. One of the station’s reporters visited the site and said the storm punched holes in the roof of the Rainbow Community Center. The report said about 20 men eating dinner inside got out safely and will be housed overnight in a nearby gymnasium.

Elsewhere, emergency officials said low-lying roads in parts of Atlanta and its suburbs were inundated by heavy rains and there were reports of downed trees.

4:45 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke in Jennings after flying over the damage from Hurricane Delta.

He told southwest Louisiana residents on Saturday, a day after Delta’s landfall: “We’re going to work as hard as we can as fast as we can to get everybody’s lives right side up again. As if Hurricane Laura wasn’t enough.”

He added: “We have tens of thousands of Louisianans today who are hurting, and we need to lift them up both in prayer, but also by our deeds.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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