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Sweltering heat, power outages greet Louisiana evacuees returning from Hurricane Delta

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Storm-weary coastal Louisiana residents who fled from the path of Hurricane Delta in recent days streamed back to their homes on Sunday to face cleanup and repairs from the second hurricane to batter their state over the past six weeks.

A satellite image shows damaged houses after Hurricane Delta in Holly Beach, Louisiana, U.S., October 10, 2020. Satellite image 2020 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Many returned to find that Delta, dissipating substantially as it drifted farther inland on Sunday, had ripped away temporary tarpaulin roofs installed over their homes in late August after Hurricane Laura, a more powerful storm, struck with devastating force.

Delta, the 10th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to make U.S. landfall, churned ashore on Friday evening near the southwestern Louisiana town of Creole as a Category 2 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, packing maximum sustained winds

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Hundreds of Florida nursing home residents likely died indirectly from Hurricane Irma, study finds

Hurricane Irma caused the deaths of 134 Floridians in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But the indirect death count likely was much higher, according to a study released last week that examined the deaths of 695 seniors living in nursing homes in the 90 days after the storm.

Researchers at the University of South Florida and Brown University used data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to examine the health outcomes of nearly 62,000 people aged 65 and older in 640 Florida nursing homes. They focused on the health outcomes of residents within specific time periods — before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Then they compared the residents’ health with people who lived in the same nursing homes during the same time period in 2015 — which had no hurricanes.

The likelihood of hospitalization and death increased significantly within 30 and 90 days after

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State Takes over Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Home Repair Program

All Houston, Texas, resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still trying to get help from a Houston program that has been criticized for its slow pace in repairing homes damaged by the massive storm. The state took over the program this week and Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried that could lead to yet more delays.

“She deserved so much better. She deserved her house. She deserved to have seen it nice,” Torres, 54, said. She said her home still has Harvey-related electrical and plumbing issues due to insufficient help from insurance and shoddy work from a contractor.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called the state

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With no power, Louisiana residents return home to assess Hurricane Delta damage

By Stephanie Kelly



a castle on top of a house: FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is reflected in flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana


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FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is reflected in flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Louisianans continued storm cleanup on Sunday after Hurricane Delta rolled through the region on Friday, as more returned to survey damage to their homes, having waited out the storm elsewhere.

Delta made landfall near the town of Creole in Cameron Parish early Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).

By Sunday the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but continued to be a heavy rainfall threat, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers and compounded damage from the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August.

Video: Hurricane Delta weakens after

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With No Power, Louisiana Residents Return Home to Assess Hurricane Delta Damage | Top News

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Louisianans continued storm cleanup on Sunday after Hurricane Delta rolled through the region on Friday, as more returned to survey damage to their homes, having waited out the storm elsewhere.

Delta made landfall near the town of Creole in Cameron Parish early Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).

By Sunday, the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but continued to be a heavy rainfall threat, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers and compounded damage from the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August.

Gerard Meschwitz, 62, returned to Lake Charles on Sunday morning after evacuating to Houston for the storm. He found that Delta had torn up more of his roof, which was already damaged by Laura.

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Evacuate if home unsafe, Hurricane Sally damages

Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal
Published 9:20 a.m. CT Oct. 6, 2020

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As Hurricane Delta continues its path eastward on its way to what could grow into a Category 4 hurricane, Pensacola area residents still recovering from Hurricane Sally should be prepared to seek shelter elsewhere as there is little hope of completing the repairs necessary to make their homes safe.

Rob Zimmerman, a contractor of 17 years and president of Emerald Coast Constructors, told the News Journal on Monday that nearly all of the area’s licensed and insured contractors are already over-booked due to Hurricane Sally.

More: As Hurricane Delta brews in the Gulf, Pensacola braces for back-to-back hurricanes

Where is Delta?: Hurricane Delta continues to grow stronger, could become Category 4 storm before landfall along Gulf Coast

Zimmerman said he’s telling his clients who had flood damage to stop

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Home insurance pitfalls to avoid during hurricane season – Lifestyle – providencejournal.com

For homeowners in coastal states, the 2020 hurricane season could mean financial disaster. Named storms are rolling in at a record pace, with as many as 25 expected in the Atlantic this season — twice the average number. After battering the Louisiana coast in late August, Hurricane Laura alone may account for as much as $12 billion in insured losses.

Even if you think you’re prepared, you may discover that your homeowners insurance doesn’t fully cover damage from a hurricane. To make sure you’re protected, avoid these four costly pitfalls.

Skipping flood insurance

Flood insurance is optional, and only 15% of American households buy it, says Mark Friedlander, spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute.

But when a hurricane or storm hits, flooding causes more residential losses than high winds, according to a 2019 report from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. That means most homeowners, even those with hurricane or wind

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Immersive Weather Releases Version 1.3, Adds Hurricane and Tropical Cyclone Tracking With Improvements for Google Home, Nest Products – Press Release

8 September, 2020 – Immersive Weather, the original weather app for Chromecast, announced the release of version 1.3 on August 31, 2020. A comprehensive update that integrates hurricane and tropical cyclone tracking, all new radar base maps, and improved customization options into the popular Immersive Weather app, the 1.3 update comes just in time for hurricane season so users can monitor storm developments and changes in real-time, and stay safe and secure during the active 2020 storm season.

With Immersive Weather, turn televisions and smart displays into live weather stations with real-time casting at the touch of a button. Get the latest weather information updated regularly from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), including the NWS (National Weather Service), the NHC (National Hurricane Center), and NSSL (National Severe Storms Laboratory), to make tracking changing weather conditions around you at home, in the office, or on the go fast and easy.

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MaintenX Disaster Recovery Teams Assist Businesses After Hurricane Laura

Hurricanes present a variety of hazards to commercial facilities, and MaintenX was ready to provide their full spectrum of disaster recovery services to the area impacted by recent hurricanes Marco and Laura.

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is in full swing, as Texans and Louisianans can attest. But while hurricanes Laura and Marco did not cause as much damage as had been initially feared, many communities, most prominently Lake Charles, Louisiana, still required major disaster assistance. The MaintenX team was ready and provided their full spectrum of disaster recovery services to the affected area.

“Anyone on the Gulf Coast knows to respect hurricanes and the damage they cause,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX VP of Business Development. “I’m so proud of our team’s response, springing into action to help Louisianans and their facilities get back on their feet after Hurricane Laura.”

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Avoid these 4 home insurance pitfalls during hurricane season | Hurricane Center

For homeowners in coastal states, the 2020 hurricane season could mean financial disaster. Named storms are rolling in at a record pace, with as many as 25 expected in the Atlantic this season — twice the average number. After battering the Louisiana coast in late August, Hurricane Laura alone may account for as much as $12 billion in insured losses.

Even if you think you’re prepared, you may discover that your homeowners insurance doesn’t fully cover damage from a hurricane. To make sure you’re protected, avoid these four costly pitfalls.

SKIPPING FLOOD INSURANCE

Flood insurance is optional, and only 15% of American households buy it, says Mark Friedlander, spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute.

But when a hurricane or storm hits, flooding causes more residential losses than high winds, according to a 2019 report from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. That means most homeowners, even those with hurricane or wind

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