ALEXANDRIA, Va.—With winds of 105 mph, Hurricane Delta is moving north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, highlighting the need for c-stores in its path to once again prepare to weather yet another major storm.
The Category 2 storm made landfall between the Mexican resort towns of Cancun and Playa del Carmen and quickly moved across land and into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, it has strengthened back into a major Category 2 hurricane and is heading north toward the Louisiana coast, reports CNN.
From east of Sabine Pass, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana, a hurricane warning has been issued along with a storm surge warning from Sabine Pass, Texas to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, according to Weather.com. Tropical storm watches were issued in Texas, including Houston and Galveston Bay, and in Louisiana, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
Convenience stores in areas frequently hit by hurricanes provide their communities with essential supplies, including food and gas, needed both before and after the storm. When it hits, Delta will become the 10th named storm to make landfall in the U.S. this season, setting the record for the most in one year and the most storms the country has seen since 2005.
U.S. states along the Gulf of Mexico are getting ready. Governors in Alabama and Louisiana have issued emergency declarations, and evacuations are underway in areas still recovering from storms earlier in the season. In Louisiana, where evacuees are still living in shelters from Hurricane Laura, voluntary evacuations have already begun in low-lying areas. Below are the emergency declarations from Alabama and Louisiana:
Along the Gulf Coast, nearly 10% of manned oil rigs have shut down operations ahead of the storm, reports the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which has activated its Hurricane Response Team. Personnel have been evacuated from at least one rig.
Delta’s life-threatening storm surge, widespread damaging winds and flooding will be significant, said Ben Schott, the head of the National Weather Service in New Orleans. The earliest the storm is expected to hit is Friday morning, he said. But if the storm slows, it could be as late as Saturday morning. The whole coastline of Louisiana could see tropical storm winds, Schott said.
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