Hurricane Delta Leaves Louisiana Delta Reeling

Hurricane Delta provided a knockout second punch to the Southwest Louisiana coastline, coming ashore within 20 miles of Hurricane Laura’s path, leaving more than 200,000 customers still without power late yesterday (at its peak the number was 700,000).  And Hurricane Delta continued to be destructive even as it moved inland, spawning tornadoes from in Georgia and the Carolinas, as well as torrential rains causing a train to derail in Georgia and widespread flooding.  It is unclear how much federal assistance will be available to rebuild — according to The Washington Post, only 75% of damages are covered by FEMA unless Congress increases the amount.

Why This Matters:  Delta was the 25th named storm, the 10th to make landfall in the U.S. this year, and storm season is winding down but it is not over.  Hurricane Sandy hit NY/NJ in early November of 2012. The full extent of Delta’s damage in Louisiana will not be known until the floodwaters recede and roads are passableNine thousand residents were homeless in the region.  Climate change is shredding parts of the Gulf Coast.

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