Hurricane Delta: Nearly 500,000 without power

High winds, downed trees, blown debris, snapped powerlines

Radio Com Staff
October 10, 2020 - 1:50 pm

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Delta has left downed trees and power lines across the state and about a half-million utility customers are without power. Entergy is facing another massive restoration operation as they have 308-thousand customers without electricity. Cleco says 125-thousand of its customers are in need of power.

Delta made landfall in Cameron Parish at around six PM last night as a Category Two hurricane with maximum sustained winds at 100 miles per hour.

The highest rainfall totals can be seen from a stretch of land from Lake Charles to Alexandria. Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert tells K-A-L-B TV that Highway 165 is impassable north of Oberlin. Portions of Highway 14 in Iberia and Vermilion Parish are underwater. Several streets are underwater in Delcambre as a result of storm surge.

With estimated 500-thousand utility customers in Louisiana without power, many Louisiana residents will use generators to keep their refrigerator cold and an air conditioner running. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the generator should be at least 20 feet away from your home and never plug the generator into a wall outlet because that could cause a fire.  Rodrigue says generator users should use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators.

The highest wind speed recorded last night was in Lake Arthur at 96-miles per hour. Lake Charles had a wind speed of 95, 90-miles per hour in New Iberia, and 89 in Jennings. Preliminary data shows a wind speed of 75-miles per hour in Opelousas and Lafayette and 63-miles per hour in Alexandria.

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