CANCUN, Mexico — Hurricane Delta emerged into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and headed toward Louisiana, after making landfall just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun, toppling trees and cutting power to residents of the Yucatan peninsula’s resort-studded coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Category 2 hurricane was centered about 65 miles (110 kilometers) east-northeast of Puerto Progreso, just off the northern edge of the peninsula. Delta had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph), but was expected to gain strength again before lashing the U.S. Gulf coast.
Delta could make landfall, possibly as a Category 3 storm, sometime Friday south of Morgan City, Louisiana.
The hurricane came ashore in Mexico around 5:30 a.m. local time Wednesday with top winds of 110 mph (175 kmh). Officials said it caused no deaths or injuries, but did force hundreds of tourists to take refuge in storm shelters. It knocked out power to about 266,000 customers, or about…
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