In Path Of Hurricane Delta, Lake Charles’ Debris From Laura May Be Additional Hazard

 Thursday, October 8, 2020

 NBC News

Hurricane Delta is gaining strength and size over the Gulf of Mexico as it takes aim for the Louisiana coast, which is still recovering from a powerful Category 4 storm six weeks ago that ripped houses from their foundations, peeled off roofs and tore trailers in half.

Delta is expected to make landfall along the southwest Louisiana coast on Friday afternoon or evening. It will be the 10th hurricane to make landfall on the mainland U.S. this season, setting a new record.

"We just can’t seem to get a break from the weather," one Louisiana resident told NBC News.

A video from a reconnaissance flight into the storm by the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters shows dark, stormy skies stretching for miles on Thursday morning.

The storm is churning toward the area around Lake Charles, which still has about 5,600 residents in New Orleans hotels because their homes are too damaged to occupy from Hurricane Laura in late August.