Hurricane Delta hits Louisiana

By Melissa Macaya, Fernando Alfonso III, Meg Wagner and Judson Jones, CNN

Updated 8:29 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020
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8:29 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Delta made landfall tonight. Here's what you need to know about the hurricane.

Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm this evening. It's since weakened into a Category 1 as it continues to dump rain and bring heavy winds to the US Gulf Coast.

Here's what we know now about the storm:

  • Two hurricanes in six weeks: Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana. The area area is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which hit just six weeks ago. Laura, a Category 4 storm, made landfall near near Cameron, Louisiana.
  • Flooding across the South: About 5.5 million people are under flash flood watches from Louisiana through southwest Tennessee. In Louisiana, rainfall could exceed flash flood levels across most of the state, the National Weather Service said. Rain totals could reach 5 to 10 inches in most places, forecasters predicted. A few areas could see as much as 15 inches of rain.
  • Delta set records: Delta is the 10th named storm to make landfall in the US this season, setting the record for the most in one year. It's the fifth hurricane to make landfall, the most storms the US has seen since 2005.
  • Where Delta's going next: The storm will continue on its path northeastward, and should reach Mississippi tomorrow and Tennessee on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center's track. You can follow the storm's path here.
8:11 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Hurricane Delta weakens to a Category 1 storm

Hurricane Delta is now a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. ET update.

The hurricane made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, as a Category 2 storm earlier this evening.

While the storm has weakened, the center warned that "hurricane conditions and a life-threatening storm surge occurring within the warning area."

8:06 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Here's what it's like in Lake Charles, Louisiana, right now

CNN's Martin Savidge is in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which is about 40 miles north of Creole, where Hurricane Delta made landfall earlier this evening,

Heavy rain and wind is hitting the city as the storm moves through.

"Well, the wind gusts have picked up dramatically, the rain has just been non-stop," Savidge said.

Savidge also noted that the area is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which hit just six weeks ago.

Watch more:

7:34 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Hurricane-force wind gusts reported along Louisiana and Texas coasts

From CNN's Gene Norman

Hurricane-force wind gusts were recorded along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas today.

Here is a sampling of the gusts reported by the National Weather Service in Lake Charles:

  • Lake Arthur, Louisiana – 96 mph
  • Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana – 89 mph
  • Texas Point, Texas – 82 mph
  • Cameron, Louisiana – 78 mph
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana – 75 mph
7:30 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

More than 200,000 customers without power on the Gulf Coast after Delta's landfall

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

More than 200,000 customers are without power in Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Delta made landfall moments ago, according to Poweroutage.US.

Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Creole, Louisiana, with estimated winds near 100 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At least 137,050 customers are without power in Louisiana, with the bulk of outages being reported in the southwest part of the state, the website shows. 

Calcasieu Parish is reporting 34,129 outages, Vermillion Parish is reporting 15,359 outages and Beauregard Parish is reporting 12,587, according to the website. 

In Texas, at least 66,307 customers are without power.

7:13 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Delta makes landfall on Louisiana

From CNN's Dave Hennen

Hurricane Delta just made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The estimated winds were near 100 mph, making Delta a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sustained hurricane-force winds of 77 mph, with a gust to 96 mph was recently reported near Lake Arthur, Louisiana, and a storm surge inundation of over 8 feet was recorded at Freshwater Canal Locks. 

Now that the storm is inland, further weakening is expected, but damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge will continue.

6:35 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Nearly 115,000 customers without power as hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Nearly 115,000 customers are without power as of Friday evening as Hurricane Delta takes aim at the Gulf Coast, according to Poweroutage.US.

There are 64,055 customers without power in Louisiana, where the storm is expected to make landfall in the next few hours, the website said.

The parishes with the highest numbers of outages are Calcasieu, with 16,273 outages, Beauregard with 7,526, Vermillion with 8,466, and Iberia with 7,488, according to the website.

In Texas, 50,989 customers are without power, the bulk of them along the eastern part of the state. In Jefferson County, 29,544 outages were reported and 10,015 have been reported in Orange County, the website said. 

Some context: Two weeks ago, Entergy announced that they had restored power to all accessible customers in southwest Louisiana following damage caused by Hurricane Laura in August. 

At the peak, Laura left more than 93,000 customers in the state without power. 

When reached by email Friday, Entergy did not provide numbers of people still without power in Louisiana but did say that all customers who could have their power restored did. 

6:26 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Nearly 92% of oil production in the Gulf shut-in ahead of Delta

Tyler Mauldin, CNN Meteorologist

Hurricane Delta has brought oil production to a screeching halt in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nearly 92% of the Gulf's current oil production has been shut-in, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Friday afternoon.

In total, seven rigs and 274 platforms have been evacuated with more than a dozen structured being repositioned out of the Delta's path.

Here's the full break down:

Gulf of Mexico federal offshore oil production accounts for 17% of total US crude oil production.

Facilities won't be brought back online until passing a thorough inspection following the hurricane.