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Louisiana hurricanes: Delta is due to hit nearly the same spot as Laura did 6 weeks ago

Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a strong Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph.

Exactly six weeks and one day later, Delta is expected to hit nearly the same location.

Official forecasts call for Delta to intensify to Category 3 — major hurricane strength — by Thursday night, then to make landfall late day on Friday. Delta is expected to cross the coast as a powerful Category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Delta is forecast to bring “life-threatening” storm surge and dangerous winds to US Gulf Coast communities. As it pushes inland, flooding becomes the main concern as the storm drenches areas far inland through the weekend.
Hurricane Delta's projected path is compared with Hurricane Laura's.

It’s happened before

Delta will be the fifth hurricane to make landfall in the US this year — the most since 2005. It will also be the 10th named storm to make landfall this year in the continental US — the most in one year (after 1916, which saw nine landfalls).
All the ways Hurricane Delta is a historic stormAll the ways Hurricane Delta is a historic storm

Also notable: If Delta crosses the Louisiana coastline, it will mark the fourth named storm to make landfall in the Pelican State in 2020, setting a record for the most there in one season.

Already this hurricane season, Cristobal, Marco and Laura have made landfall in Louisiana. Three storms have impacted the state in prior years. The most recent was 2017, when Cindy, Nate and Harvey (making its second landfall) hit the coast there, and it also happened in 2005, 2002, 1957, 1923, 1885 and 1860.

While it isn’t common for the same location to be hit by multiple storms in the same season, it does happen.

Jeanne and Frances comparison from 2004 Atlantic Hurricane seasonJeanne and Frances comparison from 2004 Atlantic Hurricane season
Most notable was in 2004, when Frances and Jeanne both hit the southern end of Hutchinson Island in Florida.

Harvey hit Louisiana in 2017 relatively close to where Cindy had come ashore. Other cases in which two storms have made landfall around 30 miles or less apart include: Hermine and Colin in 2016 in Florida, Ike and Edouard in 2008 in Texas, and Katrina and Cindy in 2005 in Louisiana.


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