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Hurricane Delta head towards US after lashing Mexico.

There were widespread power outages after Hurricane Delta after spamming into the Yucatan Peninsula in southeast

Mexico as a Category 2 storm, smashing trees and cutting down power lines is now poised to slam storm-weary Louisiana on Friday.

Hurricane Delta regained strength as it headed towards the United States early Thursday after lashing Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

“Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where there is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge and

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dangerous hurricane-force winds beginning Friday, particularly for portions of the Louisiana coast,

” the National Hurricane Center wrote Wednesday.

Governer John Bel Edward’s declared a state emergency in Louisiana, allowing the state to begin its preparations.

The warning covers areas east of Sabine Pass to Morgan City, Louisiana.

Although the storm lost considerable strength as it approached and crossed the Yucatán, dropping from a Category 4 to Category 1,

it is predicted to regain strength over the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico through Thursday.

In an update at 0600 GMT Thursday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Delta was packing maximum sustained

winds of 100 miles (155 kilometers) per hour and moving at about 17 mph (28 kph) about 485 miles (780 kms) off the coast of Louisiana

“The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location,

where the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves,” the center said.

Delta could also drop up to eight inches of rain Friday and Saturday — across parts of the central Gulf Coast

to the Middle Mississippi Valley, the center said.

“Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where there is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge and

dangerous hurricane-force winds beginning Friday, particularly

for portions of the Louisiana coast,” the National Hurricane Center wrote Wednesday.

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