By Cyndi Sellers
It doesn’t seem possible, but six weeks after Hurricane Laura devastated Cameron Parish and SWLA, another major storm is heading for the region. Hurricane Delta, a category 4 storm crossed the Yucatan peninsula on Wednesday, weakening to a Category 3 for a short time before heading into the warm Gulf of Mexico. It was expected to regain its Cat 4 intensity and then weaken again to a Cat 3 when it reaches the cooler waters of the northern Gulf. The projected track has wobbled from Morgan City to Lake Arthur but remains focused on the southwest or south central Louisiana coast.
Many Cameron Parish residents have been evacuated for weeks, and some had only recently returned to the parish, living in campers. Recovery efforts will undoubtedly be delayed, and more damage will likely occur if the track remains near the parish.
Parish dumps are closed indefinitely, and FEMA registration centers are closed. Most other activities have been canceled until the outcome is known.
The National Hurricane Center has issued Hurricane Watches and surge watches for Cameron Parish and other neighboring parishes and counties.
Southeast Texas: Jefferson and Orange County
Southwest Louisiana: Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parish
South Central Louisiana: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parish
Storm Surge Watch:
Southeast Texas: Jefferson County
Southwest Louisiana: Cameron and Jeff Davis Parish
South Central Louisiana: Acadia, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parish
Note: A storm surge watch means we expect some places to see over 3 feet above ground level from storm surge flooding