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Louisiana closes nearly half of coastal flood gates ahead of hurricane -Governor

HOUSTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Louisiana closed nearly half of the state's coast flood control gates by Thursday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Delta, Governor John Bel Edwards said at a news conference.

The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) is confident Delta will make landfall on Friday in hard-hit southwest Louisiana, between the cities of Lake Charles and Lafayette, said Benjamin Schott, chief meteorologist of NWS office in New Orleans. (Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by Diane Craft)