Hurricane Lili made landfall along Louisianas Gulf Coast on the morning of October 3, 2002. The storm brought ashore heavy rains (more than 10 inches in some places) and 100 mile-per-hour winds throughout most of the day, leaving hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents without power. By the evening of Oct. 4, the storm was moving northward up the Mississippi River and had weakened into a tropical storm. Flooding is being reported in various parts of Louisiana, although the full extent of the flooding is not yet known. Aerial surveys are underway.
This visible light image from NOAA’s GOES 8 satellite was acquired at 11:55 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Oct. 3, shortly after Lili made landfall.