Storm-ravaged Louisiana takes stock of Delta damage
Hurricane Delta landed as a Category 2 storm
After the hurricane delta hit Louisiana on Friday, residents returned on Sunday after waiting for the storm elsewhere to examine the damage to their homes.
Delta landed near Creole town on Friday night as a Category 2 hurricane and had sustained winds of 160 km / h (100 miles per hour).
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The National Hurricane Center said the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone by Sunday but remained a severe rain threat.
In addition to the damage from the stronger Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August, the storm turned off electricity for more than half a million residents.
According to Reuters, 62-year-old Gerard Meschwitz returned to Lake Charles on Sunday morning after being evacuated to Houston because of the storm. Its roof had previously been torn open by Laura, and to his dismay, Delta had damaged it even more.
Sam Jones, 77, who was waiting for the storm at his Lake Charles home, planned to leave on Sunday and stay with his son in Fort Worth, Texas. The trip was necessary because his power, which had recently been restored after Laura, was gone.
An aerial view of flood waters from the Hurricane Delta surrounding structures destroyed by Hurricane Laura (R) on October 10, 2020 in Creole, Louisiana. (Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images)
"I don't see any power coming back anytime soon so I'll give them about a week and then come back," said Jones. "If you can't get air on it, you'll end up where you can't sleep well."
Many residents of Lake Charles and elsewhere left before the storm. Child and Family Services spokeswoman Catherine Heitman said there were 9,109 Louisians in shelters on Sunday morning and more than 8,200 evacuees were in hotels and in Alexandria's "mega" huts.
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Delta's insured losses are estimated at approximately $ 2 billion, while Laura's losses have been estimated at approximately $ 10 billion, including over $ 2 billion for offshore power generation assets, said Steve Bennett, Demex Group's chief product officer , a technology company.
Bennett went on to say that insured losses from natural disasters have increased steadily over the past few decades as a result of climate change and population growth.
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