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Hurricane Delta Weakens After Making Landfall On Southwest Louisiana Coast

Hurricane Delta is looming over the northern Gulf of Mexico Friday, as it heads toward landfall on Louisiana's coast.
Hurricane Delta is looming over the northern Gulf of Mexico Friday, as it heads toward landfall on Louisiana's coast.

Hurricane Delta will bring a "life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds, and significant flooding" to the U.S. Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service says. The storm has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 120 mph.

Delta is currently 160 miles south of Cameron, La., the hurricane center said in its 8 a.m. ET update. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall just east of that town, which was hit hard by Hurricane Laura in late August. The system is moving north at 12 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect from High Island, Texas, east of Galveston, to Morgan City, La., south of Baton Rouge. Delta's rains are already falling on southwestern Louisiana and southeast Texas. It's also bringing a storm surge that could cause water to rise 7-11 feet above ground.

Hurricane Delta is projected to make landfall east of the Texas-Louisiana border, close to the spot where Hurricane Laura devastated communities in August.
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Hurricane Delta is projected to make landfall east of the Texas-Louisiana border, close to the spot where Hurricane Laura devastated communities in August.

The storm will likely weaken somewhat before making landfall, as it is forecast to cross over cooler waters and enter less favorable wind conditions as it nears the Louisiana coast.

"Regardless, Delta is forecast to be near major hurricane intensity when it makes landfall and significant impacts are expected," the National Hurricane Center said.

Storms of similar intensity commonly cause major damage to homes and snap or uproot trees, along with causing widespread power outages.

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