Hurricane Delta hit US, leaving millions in power outage...

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Hurricane Delta hit US, leaving millions in power outage

 International Desk

 Published: 03:03 PM, 10 October 2020  

Hurricane Delta; Photo: Collected

Hurricane Delta; Photo: Collected

Hurricane Delta hit the creole coast of Louisiana in the United States on Friday night. 

According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Delta was at Category 2 when it hit the coast, but lost power within an hour and dropped to Category 1. However, authorities warned that the storm could still be deadly.

The storm had a maximum wind speed of 90 mph at 8:00 pm local time. Over time, it could lose more energy and turn into a coastal depression, the NHC said.

The National Weather Service said the storm was causing heavy rainfall in Louisiana. This can lead to flash floods, resulting in the risk of flooding for at least 5.5 million people.

The country’s meteorological office has forecasted that Hurricane Delta could cause 127 to 254 mm of rainfall in most parts of Louisiana. It has even been warned that in some places the rainfall could reach 381 mm.

According to CBS News, citing a website called PowerOutage, Hurricane Delta has left about 3.5 million people in Louisiana in a power outage. Texas also has more than 100,000 residents without electricity.

Hurricane Delta, meanwhile, has set a terrifying record after hitting the United States. This is the 10th storm to hit the country this year. The country never faced so many storms in one season since 2005.

Besides, there have been so many storms in the country this year that they have run out of pre-determined names. That’s why the Greek alphabet is being used to name a new storm for the second time in US history since 1950.

The devastating Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana just six weeks ago. Hundreds of coastal oil installations were shut down due to the Category 4 storm. Less than a month later, another hurricane named Sally struck the same area.