Lili Strikes Louisiana, Fades to Tropical Storm
Thu Oct 3, 8:46 PM ET
By Ned Randolph 

NEW IBERIA, La. (Reuters) - Hurricane Lili swept across southern Louisiana on Thursday, cutting a path of destruction through Cajun country, then weakened into a tropical storm as it moved inland. 

It knocked over trees, blew out windows and downed power lines as it raced along, but its impact was greatest on U.S. energy supplies. No storm-related deaths had been reported. 

Lili, which came on the heels of Tropical Storm Isidore last week, temporarily curtailed virtually all oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Minerals Management Service said. 

The oil shortfall in the gulf, which provides 25 percent of U.S. energy, forced a Williams Cos. Inc. refinery in Memphis, Tennessee, to borrow 500,000 barrels of crude from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Wednesday, the Department of Energy said. 

Lili began the day as a fearsome Category 4 storm roaring out in the gulf with 145 mph winds. But it crossed cooler waters on the way to shore, lost its punch and hit the coast with 100 mph winds that quickly fizzled. 

By Thursday afternoon, Lili's winds had dropped to 50 mph, making it just a tropical storm as it trekked north, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. 

The center said Lili would likely fall to tropical depression status, with winds below 39 mph later on Thursday. It was expected to turn northeast and be in New England by the weekend. 

Earlier in the day, Lili became the first hurricane to hit the U.S. since Irene struck Florida in 1999 when it whipped into Cajun country along the central Louisiana coast. It raked New Iberia, 150 miles west of New Orleans, with 92 mph wind gusts that sent debris flying and toppled huge trees onto houses and roadways. 

Television shots showed entire sides of metal buildings tumbling along in the wind and a horse struggling to keep from getting blown over in Abbeville, west of New Iberia. 

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Lili Strikes Louisiana, Fades to Tropical Storm

Thu Oct 3, 8:46 PM ET

By Ned Randolph

NEW IBERIA, La. (Reuters) - Hurricane Lili swept across southern Louisiana on Thursday, cutting a path of destruction through Cajun country, then weakened into a tropical storm as it moved inland.

It knocked over trees, blew out windows and downed power lines as it raced along, but its impact was greatest on U.S. energy supplies. No storm-related deaths had been reported.

Lili, which came on the heels of Tropical Storm Isidore last week, temporarily curtailed virtually all oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Minerals Management Service said.

The oil shortfall in the gulf, which provides 25 percent of U.S. energy, forced a Williams Cos. Inc. refinery in Memphis, Tennessee, to borrow 500,000 barrels of crude from the nation`s Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Wednesday, the Department of Energy said.

Lili began the day as a fearsome Category 4 storm roaring out in the gulf with 145 mph winds. But it crossed cooler waters on the way to shore, lost its punch and hit the coast with 100 mph winds that quickly fizzled.

By Thursday afternoon, Lili`s winds had dropped to 50 mph, making it just a tropical storm as it trekked north, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The center said Lili would likely fall to tropical depression status, with winds below 39 mph later on Thursday. It was expected to turn northeast and be in New England by the weekend.

Earlier in the day, Lili became the first hurricane to hit the U.S. since Irene struck Florida in 1999 when it whipped into Cajun country along the central Louisiana coast. It raked New Iberia, 150 miles west of New Orleans, with 92 mph wind gusts that sent debris flying and toppled huge trees onto houses and roadways.

Television shots showed entire sides of metal buildings tumbling along in the wind and a horse struggling to keep from getting blown over in Abbeville, west of New Iberia.

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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 10/12/02 - 4:46:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
We had a lot of wind up here from it, Knocked down tree branches all over.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/27/02 - 12:26:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
well nothing was ruined, but i had to put my furniture and stuff up on blocks and make sure i had candles and flashlights. i had to sandback my doors too to make sure water didnt come in, but thats what i get for living in south louisiana about 30 minutes away from the gulf.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/27/02 - 12:28:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nah, I live too far away from the Gulf. All I got was some moderately heavy rains.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/27/02 - 12:39:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I heard it was really bad up there in Canada, faded! It hit my hometown directly, so yeah, it had a lil impact here. Broke our A/C, lost all the food in our fridge and freezer, had to have part of a tree cut down, and back yard was a mess.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/27/02 - 12:40:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
what part of la are you from matt?
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/27/02 - 12:40:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I live less than 5 hours from where the actual hurricane was and all we got was a little bit of rain. I seriously doubt she had anything that actually resulted from the hurricane.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/27/02 - 9:58:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes.. because Lili is my nick name and they kept saying it wrong.. it's LEE LEE not lilly..
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/2/02 - 1:30:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm around the Lafayette part, harmonielyn, if you know where that is. New Iberia to be exact. Prolly about 2 hours northeast from where you live.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/2/03 - 10:22:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yup, I live right on the Gulf coast.



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