Hurricane Delta hit the U.S. Gulf Coast last week, leaving more than 600,000 residents and business owners in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi without power. Delta has since downgraded to a tropical depression.
Delta made landfall on Friday, October 10 as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. The center of the storm slammed into the coast just a little more than 10 miles from where Hurricane Laura hit in August. CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said Delta was not as powerful as Laura but did have a broader wind field.
Southeast Texas saw the highest winds as Hurricane Delta made its way through the region. Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard on Friday after a storm surge left them stranded in Port Mansfield, Texas. All told, about 87,000 outages were reported in Texas as of Saturday afternoon.
For many residents across Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Delta left them feeling especially tired as it hit shortly after other tropical storms. In Bridge City, TX, resident Sharlene Terro told CNN affiliate KFDM that she’s already had to take apart her patio three times this year due to storms. “It’s just getting old,” Terro said.
And in Port Arthur, Texas, Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie told CNN, “At this point I’m all hurricaned out, and I know that my citizens are.” Port Arthur is situated on Sabine Lake on the border of Texas and Louisiana. Bartie explained most of the town lost power during the storm.
As hurricane season continues to impact residents and business owners across the Lone Star State, it is important to remember what to do in the event of a powerful storm. While power outages, flood warnings, and storm surges are dangerous and frightening, preparation ahead of time can make a huge difference.
See SaveOnEnergy’s 2020 hurricane guide for further details on what to do before, during, and after a major storm.
Caitlin Cosper is a writer within the energy and power industry. Born in Georgia, she attended the University of Georgia before earning her master’s in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.