Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards said Sunday that an 86-year-old man died in a fire that broke out while fueling a generator in a shed in St. Martin Parish. A 70-year-old woman in Iberia Parish has died in a fire caused by a natural gas leak after being damaged by a hurricane, the Louisiana Department of Health said.
In Florida, a 19-year-old man from Illinois was trapped in a riptide in Destiny on Saturday and drowned in rough water. A 49-year-old man has drowned in Eskombia County, 5 miles east of Pensacola Beach, according to the National Weather Service’s Office in Mobile, Alabama.
Meanwhile, a large number of residents in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi woke up Monday morning after a Delta landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Louisiana.
The hurricane system generated 10 tornado reports from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas. The National Weather Service said at least two tornadoes injured Saturday in northern and central Georgia.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said 42 homes in the state were damaged by the delta and the tornado hit Franklin County.
On Monday, Delta’s winds brought strong winds and rain between the Northeast and the Atlantic.
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One of Georgia’s tornadoes, EF1, struck between 87 and 90 miles per hour near Covington, 35 miles east of Atlanta, injuring two people, the National Weather Service said. It damaged the homeless shelter and displaced 30 people, city emergency management director Jodi Nolan told CNN.
The other was EF0, which struck Pike County, 51 miles south of Atlanta.
The Meteorological Agency said northeastern Georgia and the western part of Virginia and the Carolinas could see up to 6 inches of rain, creating flash flood hazards throughout the region. Predictors say Central Appalachians and southern New Jersey will also get wet.
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“While it’s not as powerful as Hurricane Laura, it’s very big,” Edwards said Saturday. “Obviously, this is a very severe, very large and powerful storm that has caused a considerable amount of damage.”
Delta has left a trail of “flood-prone roads, collapsed power lines and displaced wildlife” across the state, Edwards tweeted. He urged residents to be vigilant.
More than a hundred roads and 35 bridges were closed, Edwards said Sunday, and traffic lights were lit at several intersections.
The 78,000 city is still recovering from Laura’s 150-mph winds in August and now faces a double whammy of wind and flood damage, the mayor said, forcing Delta to evacuate more residents than Laura.
Roads from Lake Charles were flooded as people fled the delta and about 7,000 residents became homeless from Laura when the delta hit.
“Already we are tearing apart, but there is a lot of road ahead of us. A lot of houses have been damaged since Laura, now it is adding insult to injury,” the governor said Saturday.
Edwards said more than 9,000 people are still in shelters in the state, but most – 8,230 – are from Hurricane Laura.
In Texas, the utility company said it could take up to a week to restore power to consumers across the state’s southeast border.
CNN’s Rebecca Rice, Holly Silverman, Melissa Alonso, Haley Brink, Michael Guy, Kay Jones, Jean Norman, Ray Sanchez, Alta Spells and Joe Sutton all contributed to the report.