Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, La., Friday evening as a Category 2 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.
State of play: Delta is lashing parts of Louisiana's southern coastline with "damaging winds" and a "life-threatening storm surge," the NHC added.
- The storm is forecast to produce as much as 15 inches of rain in parts of southern Louisiana through Saturday.
- Large-scale power outages are also expected.
- Governors in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency in preparation for Delta's arrival.
- Hurricane-force winds were also reported in Texas on Friday, per NHC.
The big picture: Delta is battering the same region that was devastated by Hurricane Laura, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm, less than two months ago.
- “We know this is going to exacerbate what is already a bad situation,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said earlier on Friday.
Hurricane #Delta makes landfall near Creole, Louisiana, at 6:00 PM CDT as a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Damaging winds and a life-threatening storm surge continue over portions of southern Louisiana. Latest at: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFbpic.twitter.com/Lamsumc50Z— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 9, 2020