Tropical Depression Delta brings torrential rain and flood threats to the Tennessee Valley after hitting the US Gulf Coast

Tropical Depression Delta brings torrential rain and flood threats to the Tennessee Valley after hitting the US Gulf Coast
More than 5 million people received flash flood warnings across the lower Mississippi River Valley after the Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane and continued to inundate the southeast.

The delta, now a tropical depression, fell on a foot of rain in Louisiana and its strong winds pushed back communities already ravaged by Hurricane Laura weeks ago. In the aftermath, more than 761,000 homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast were left without electricity, according to poweroutage.us.

Flash flood emergencies have also been issued following the torrential rains, with parts of southwest Louisiana receiving up to 17 inches of water.

Louisiana Gov. John Bill Edwards said via Twitter on Saturday that the Delta had left a trail of "dangers such as flooded roads, collapsed power lines and exodus of wildlife" across the state. He urged the population to remain vigil.

Falling power lines, trees, floods and debris in Calcasio Parish, on the state's southwestern border, have left many roads impassable, the Calcasio Police Office said in a Facebook post. Multiple shipwrecks forced the I-10 bridge to close in both directions.

The abandoned cars and the boat closed some residential streets in the parish, according to Al Sharif Post.

Lake Charles mayor Nick Hunter, who led the storm in a downtown building, told CNN on Saturday that the Delta, while less powerful than Laura, had led to more flooding.

For the rest of the southern Mississippi River Valley in the Tennessee Valley, torrential rains and floods remain the main concern during a Saturday night. Parts of the southeast may see more than eight inches of rain before the weekend ends.

The National Hurricane Center said hurricanes were likely Saturday morning over parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi and over Alabama, Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

With winds continuing at 35 mph, the epicenter of the Tropical Depression Delta was located 65 miles northwest of Jackson, Mississippi, late on a Saturday morning. The delta was expected to weaken to the remaining low pressure region on Sunday.

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