As Hurricane Dorta nears the U.S. Gulf Coast, parts of Louisiana’s Acadiana region look like empty movie sets, with Hurricane Laura six weeks ago on its way to rupture in the same southwestern part of the state.
The 25th hurricane of the unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season – Delta – is forecast to make landfall somewhere off the coast of southwestern Louisiana on Friday evening. The question is whether Category 3, which was devastated by winds of 195 km per hour early Friday, is at strength or will fall into the even more dangerous Category 2 hurricane before landfall.
Either way, the people of this damaged coastal area take the delta seriously.
“You can get another house, another car anytime, but not another life,” said Hilton Stroder, who and his wife, Terry, climbed into their Abbeyville, La., Home, planning to move to their son’s house in the East.
The National Hurricane Center extends from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, La to the Gulf Coast at 19 kilometers per hour north of Delta on Friday morning. By dawn, the winds had reached the coast, although the eye of the first tropical cyclone Hurricane Cameron was 255 kilometers south of Loch.
For the sixth time this season, Louisiana is under threat from tropical cyclones or hurricanes. One swept across the southeastern Louisiana tip, while the other swirled elsewhere, but the tropical storm Cristobal caused damage in southeastern Louisiana in June. And on August 27 Laura demolished the southwestern part of the state, killing more than 30 people.
Life came to a complete standstill. The gas station was doing a steady business as people filled their cars and spare gasoline cans, and a grocery store stocked up on end customers. Scenes like this are not far off in New Iberia, where cars line up at a drive-through diary shop at some point in life, and people grab food at takeout restaurants.
‘Already Suffering Enough’
Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards said in a radio program that Laura was devastated by an area near the Delta Texas State Line, including Lake Charles and surrounding Calcutta Parish and the rural Cameron Parish on the coast. “And we’ve got a lot of tired people,” he said.
“People in Lake Charles and Cameron Parish have already suffered enough, and then here it comes,” said Desi Milligan, who owns the RV Park in Cameroon, which was badly damaged by Laura.
Reminders about Laura’s accident are everywhere in this area. In nearby Bell City, some rubble piles are two meters high and 23 meters long. Concerns were raised on Friday that the Delta arrival debris would cause deadly projectiles in the air.
Delta had already clipped the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane south of the resort city of Cancun on Wednesday morning, bringing high winds and heavy rain. There were no deaths or injuries.