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Hurricane Delta makes landfall in Louisiana as a "life-threatening" Category 2 storm

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:

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 9, 2020

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