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Hurricane Delta leaves over half a million without power in Louisiana

Over half a million customers woke up without power in Louisiana after Hurricane Delta blew through Friday night.

“Delta has left hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife in our communities that no one should take lightly,” Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted Saturday. “Everyone needs to remain vigilant, continue to listen to local officials and be safe.”

Crews are still conducting search-and-rescue efforts, Edwards told reporters Saturday. No fatalities have been reported, he added.

Wind gusts climbed to 97 mph in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and 89 mph in Cameron, Louisiana.

In Lake Charles, more than 15 inches of rain was recorded. The highest storm surge recorded was just over 9 feet along parts of the south-central Louisiana coast.

In hard-hit Lake Charles, where there are still blue tarps on house roofs from Laura, Mayor Nic Hunter said some houses did get flooding from Delta.

Delta weakened to a tropical depression on Saturday, but it’s still bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of the Southeast.

Flash flood watches are in effect from Arkansas to North Carolina, while tornadoes are possible in eastern Alabama and western Georgia.

Through Saturday night, the remnants of Delta will move through Tennessee and Kentucky, where heavy downpours and flash flooding are possible.

On Sunday, the rain will move through the mid-Atlantic and eventually to the Northeast on Monday.

Delta was the first time a 10th-named storm made landfall in the continental U.S. within one Atlantic hurricane season.

The other nine named storms that made landfall this season were: Tropical Storm Bertha (South Carolina); Tropical Storm Cristobal (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Fay (New Jersey); Hurricane Hanna (Texas); Hurricane Isaias (North Carolina); Hurricane Laura (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Marco (Louisiana); Hurricane Sally (Alabama); and Tropical Storm Beta (Texas).

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