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Delta now a tropical storm; nearly 500K Louisiana homes lose power

Nearly a half-million Louisiana homes were reportedly without electrical power early Saturday morning, hours after Hurricane Delta made landfall in the Gulf Coast state.

As of 11:30 p.m. CT Friday, nearly 465,000 Louisiana households were affected by the outage, according to poweroutage.us. The number rose to more than 480,000 households shortly after midnight.

By 1 a.m. CT Saturday, the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center. At that time, the storm was located 15 miles east-southeast of Alexandria, La., with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the NHS advisory said.

By 4 a.m. CT Saturday, the tropical storm was about 45 miles south-southeast of Monroe, La., with maximum sustained winds down to 45 mph, the NHS said in an advisory.

Delta had hit land around 6 p.m. CT Friday near Creole, La., with heavy rainfall and strong winds in a region already battered by multiple hurricanes this year.

On Friday morning, Delta was still off the Louisiana coast when it was downgraded from a Category 3 hurricane — with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph — to a Category 2, with sustained winds of 115 mph, the NHC reported.

Just over an hour after making landfall, the storm weakened to a Category 1 as it continued to move inland.

Delta had sustained winds near 100 mph when it made landfall as a life-threatening storm surge. 

Winds were so strong that shingles atop the eight-room boutique L’Banca Albergo Hotel in Lake Arthur were pulled off. 

“I probably don’t have a shingle left on the top of this hotel,” owner Roberta Palermo told The Associated Press.

She said the electricity was out and, across the street, she could see pieces of metal coming off the roof of a 100-year-old building. Unsecured trash cans

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Bucs Lose Vita Vea For Season

The bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is very, very bad: Defensive lineman Vita Vea is headed to injured reserve, ending what was shaping up as a potential Pro Bowl season. Vea, who is at the heart of a Buccaneers defense that currently ranks fourth overall, second against the rush and seventh in points allowed, suffered what Head Coach Bruce Arians termed a broken leg during Thursday night’s 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Vea was injured while making a tackle for a loss of one yard on running back David Montgomery on what proved to be Chicago’s game-winning field goal drive in the fourth quarter. That was one of Vea’s three tackles in the game and he also recorded one of Tampa Bay’s three sacks. The Buccaneers held the Bears to 35 rushing yards, marking the third straight game in which they held an opponent below 50 yards on the ground. That’s the first time in franchise history a Buccaneers defense has accomplished that feat.

The loss of Vea comes one week after tight end O.J. Howard, another young player having perhaps his best season yet, suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon.

“It’ll be a big loss,” said Arians. “[When] you lose players like O.J. and Vita, you can plug the next man in, but they’re not the same. I hate it for him because he was having such a great year.”

Vea, a 350-pound force in the middle with incredible strength and nimble feat, was an integral part of the defense, often simply because the opposition had to use two blockers to keep him at bay. He finishes his third NFL season with 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and three quarterback hits.

“I don’t know if there was a better nose tackle out there.

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