According to local utilities, Hurricane Delta slamming into the Gulf Coast late on Friday has caused something more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
That is down from a total of more than 878,000 customers affected by the storm at the peak, according to federal energy data.
Entergy Corp’s ETR.N Louisiana unit, the hardest hit utility, said it had already restored power to over 250,000 of the roughly 320,000 customers Delta left without service.
Entergy said on its website that it has a team of about 8,500 responding to remaining outages in Louisiana and expects to restore service to most within a couple of days. The company, however, warned that it may take until Oct. 18 to restore some customers in the hardest hit areas.
Although the storm is weakening, hurricane force winds will impact portions of southwest Louisiana and spread inland across portions of southern Louisiana through Friday evening, according to the center. Heavy rainfall will cause significant flash flooding and flooding in parts of Louisiana on Friday and Saturday. Additional flooding is expected across portions of the central Gulf Coast and into the lower Mississippi Valley.
The Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal has hundreds of search and rescue personnel on standby, and the Louisiana National Guard has nearly 3,000 personnel, as well as high-water vehicles and helicopters ready to assist. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said thousands of residents are in shelters set up across the state, with one shelter already reaching capacity, forcing the state to open more. He advised residents to shelter in place and prepare to be on their own for 72 hours.