Hurricane Delta Hits Gulf of Mexico and Heads Toward Louisiana

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  • Bloomberg QuickTake: Now published this video item, entitled “Hurricane Delta Hits Gulf of Mexico and Heads Toward Louisiana” – below is their description.

    Hurricane Delta emerged into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and headed toward Louisiana, after making landfall just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun, toppling trees and cutting power to residents of the Yucatan peninsula’s resort-studded coast. There were no reports of any deaths or injuries, said Carlos Joaquín González, the governor of the state of Quintana Roo. Cancun Mayor Mara Lezama said that there are streets blocked by fallen trees or utility poles and that 67 areas of the city were currently without electricity. Early Wednesday, guests of the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel awoke in the sweltering classrooms of the Technological Institute of Cancun campus where they had been moved Tuesday. By midday Wednesday, as workers started removing the wood they had put to board up the shelter, tourists sat on benches near fallen trees, waiting for permission to return to their hotels. The hurricane came ashore in Mexico around 5:30 a.m. local time Wednesday with top winds of 110 mph (175 kmh). Officials said it caused no deaths or injuries, but did force hundreds of tourists to take refuge in storm shelters. It knocked out power to about 266,000 customers, or about one-third of the total on the Yucatan peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Category 2 hurricane was centered about 65 miles (110 kilometers) east-northeast of Puerto Progreso, just off the northern edge of the peninsula. Delta had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph), but was expected to gain strength again before lashing the U.S. Gulf coast. Delta could make landfall, possibly as a Category 3 storm, sometime Friday south of Morgan City, Louisiana.

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