Storm hit as a category 2 hurricane, making landfall Friday evening near Creole, about 15 miles from where Laura struck in August
Delta grew from an unnamed 35mph tropical depression to a 140mph Category-4 hurricane faster than any Atlantic storm on record before it hit Mexico earlier this week, according to scientists.
Hurricane Delta hits US, It has since lost some strength and hit the US coast as a Category 2 hurricane but still reached top winds of 100mph on Friday.
Locals in the city of Lake Charles reported seeing tarps flying off of homes, while a hotel owner said the storm peeled every tile off the roof of her property
Delta made landfall Friday evening near the coastal town of Creole, only 15 miles (24km) or so from where Laura struck land in August, killing 27 people in Louisiana,.
It then moved directly over Lake Charles, a waterfront city about 30 miles (50km) inland where the earlier hurricane-damaged nearly every home and building,
and where moldy mattresses, sawed-up trees, and other debris still lined the streets.
Lake Charles’ mayor, Nic Hunter, spoke with the Associated Press as he rode out Delta’s arrival downtown.
Hunter said tarps were flying off homes across the city, and piles of wreckage were being blown around, some of it floating in the surge of ocean water.
“I’m in a building right now with a tarp on it and just the sound of the tarp flapping on the building sounds like
someone pounding with a sledgehammer on top of the building,“ Hunter said. ”It’s pretty intense.”