Delta barely a hurricane, weakens moving inland

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This Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 satellite image made available by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico at 10:41 a.m. EDT. Delta made landfall Wednesday just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm. (NOAA via AP)

By REBECCA SANTANA and STACEY PLAISANCE

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Hurricane Delta is inflicting new misery on storm-battered parts of Louisiana. Winds from the storm ripped tarps off roofs late Friday and scattered debris left six weeks earlier when Hurricane Laura struck the same area. Delta made landfall at 6 p.m. Friday near Creole, _ a distance of only about 15 miles from where Laura struck in August. The storm was weakening quickly and was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane an hour after hitting land. Delta is the tenth named storm to hit the continental United State this year, breaking a century-old record.

Forecasters say Delta remains barely a hurricane with top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta is moving further inland over southwestern Louisiana as a weak Category 1 hurricane. Approaching 10 p.m. CDT Friday, the storm was located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Cameron, Louisiana. It is moving to the north-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).

The storm is expected to continue rapid weakening and be downgraded to a tropical storm in coming hours.

It’s expected to continue moving over central and north Louisiana in coming hours. After that, the system is forecast to move across northern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley.