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Winds lash palm trees after the passage of Hurricane Delta, in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, on Wednesday. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images

Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are preparing for Hurricane Delta, after the Category 2 storm made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula before heading toward the Gulf of Mexico — where it's regaining strength, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday night.

The big picture: The governors of Alabama and Louisiana declared states of emergency Tuesday ahead of the "extremely dangerous" storm's arrival, expected on Friday. Mississippi declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. Texas could also see see tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rains, the NHC said.

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  • The storm was downgraded from a Category 4 hurricane before it hit Mexico, where no deaths were reported. But there were power outages, downed trees and broken windows as Delta triggered floods across several Caribbean coastal cities and towns, the New York Times notes.
  • Delta was strengthening while moving over the south-central Gulf Of Mexico late Wednesday, the NHC said.

What to expect: "Life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds" were "increasingly likely" along parts of the Northern Gulf Coast from Friday, the hurricane center said.

Of note: This is the sixth storm this hurricane season that residents along Louisiana's coast have braced for, per AP.

  • "This season has been relentless," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. "Prepare for the worst. Pray for the best."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the storm.

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Dec 24, 2020 - Health

Mexico becomes first Latin American country to vaccinate against COVID

A nurse was the first person in Mexico to receive the vcaccine. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty

Mexico became the first Latin American country to begin coronavirus vaccinations, amid a surge in cases, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The serum arrives as Mexico's hospitals reach a breaking point. The country tallies over 1.3 million COVID-19 cases and 120,000 deaths, per John Hopkins University data, though actual numbers are believed to be much higher.

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Bipartisan group reaches agreement on $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

After weeks of long nights and endless Zoom calls, a bipartisan group of senators finally reached a deal on "the major issues" in their $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure package, GOP senators involved in the talks announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It could be days before the group finishes writing the bill, but the Senate can begin debating the legislation in earnest now that they have resolved the outstanding issues. The bill needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate.

After walkout, Activision Blizzard employees vow to keep fighting

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Organizers of a Wednesday walkout at Activision Blizzard, the gaming company behind "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft," are saying the demonstration "is not a one-time event that our leaders can ignore.”

Why it matters: Within the video game industry, sweeping promises for change are often followed by a handful of half-measures that fail to solve the systematic problems that caused them.