An 86-year-old man died in St. Martin Parish after a fire started while fueling a generator in a shed, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Sunday. A 70-year-old woman died in a fire in the Iberia community, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, believed to have been caused by a natural gas leak following storm damage.
Meanwhile, large numbers of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi residents woke up on dark Monday morning after Delta landed in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane.
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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said 42 homes in the state were damaged by Delta and a tornado landed in Franklin County.
On Monday, traces of the Delta brought gusty winds and rain to the northeast and the central Atlantic.
Train derailed after heavy delta rains
One of the Georgia tornadoes was an EF1, with winds between 87 and 90 miles per hour, that hit near Covington, about 35 miles east of Atlanta, injuring two people, according to the National Weather Service. It damaged a homeless shelter and displaced 30 people, city emergency director Jody Nolan told CNN.
The other was an EF0 that hit Pike County, about 51 miles south of Atlanta.
Northeast Georgia and western Virginia and the Carolinas were able to see up to 6 inches of rain, causing flash floods across the region, the weather service said. The Central Appalachians and southern New Jersey could also get soaked, forecasters said.
Lake Charles was still recovering from Laura and struck again
“While it wasn’t quite as powerful as Hurricane Laura, it was much bigger,” Edwards said on Saturday. “Obviously this was a very severe, very large and powerful storm that caused significant damage.”
Delta left a trail of “hazards like flooded roads, decrepit power lines and displaced wildlife” across the state, Edwards tweeted. He urged residents to remain vigilant.
More than a hundred streets and 35 bridges were closed, Edwards said on Sunday, and traffic lights were off at many intersections.
The city of 78,000 is still recovering from Laura’s winds of 250 km / h in August and is now facing the double mess of wind and flood damage, the mayor said, adding that Delta has forced more residents to evacuate than it did Laura.
The highways outside of Lake Charles were full when people fled Delta and about 7,000 residents were still being evicted from Laura when Delta struck, he said.
“We’re already picking up the pieces, but we have quite a road ahead of us. There are a lot of houses that have been damaged by Laura and now it’s just an insult to the injury,” said the governor on Saturday.
Edwards said there are still more than 9,000 people in shelters in the state, but the vast majority – 8,230 – are evacuees from Hurricane Laura.
In Texas, a utility company said it could take up to a week to get power back to customers on the state’s southeastern border.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Haley Brink, Michael Guy, Kay Jones, Gene Norman, Ray Sanchez, Alta Spells and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.