Hurricane Delta Bears Down On Louisiana
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Still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which struck in August, and after experiencing three tropical storms or hurricanes during the 2020 hurricane season, Louisiana is now bracing for Hurricane Delta. The storm is expected to make landfall on Friday, October 9, in the same vicinity where Laura struck the Bayou State. As of early afternoon on Friday, the storm has been pelting the state with rain and 120-mph winds.
Delta is anticipated to weaken in strength before making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. as a category 2 hurricane.
The storm is expected to be especially dangerous with the storm surge predicted to be near 11 feet in sections of Louisiana. Wind gusts could reach as high as 100-mph in Lake Charles and southern Louisiana.
Rainfall is expected to reach 6 to 12-inches on Friday with remote local areas in southern Louisiana expecting to get up to 15-inches.
When the hurricane makes landfall it will break a record for the most storms to make land on the continental United States in one hurricane season. The new record becomes 10.
The nine other named storms to make landfall in the U.S. this season include:
- 1.Tropical Storm Bertha
- 2.Tropical Storm Cristobal
- 3.Tropical Storm Fay
- 4.Hurricane Hanna
- 5.Hurricane Isaias
- 6.Hurricane Laura
- 7.Tropical Storm Margo
- 8.Hurricane Sally
- 9.Tropical Storm Beta
Delta has been following a similar track as Hurricane Laura.
On Thursday, Hurricane Delta was a category 2 storm and evolved into a Category 3 at around 5 p.m.
Mercifully, it is expected to travel fast through Louisiana. However, it will still pack a wallop when it makes landfall.
The National Weather Service is cautioning Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and other states that there could be significant flash flooding.
Delta has already struck the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico at the resort city of Cancún as a Category 2 hurricane early on Wednesday, October 7th. The metro area was hit hard by high winds and heavy rain. However, no deaths or injuries were reported.
Authorities reported that about 39,000 people had evacuated the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan and nearly 2,700 people gathered in storm shelters in the two states.
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