Friday, October 30th 2020   |

Delta gathers strength in Caribbean; headed into Gulf and our way

Just as many fall hurricanes have done in the past, Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified from a tropical wave and depression into a tropical storm and hurricane in just two days. 

Hurricane Delta projected path (National Weather Service)

On Monday, the 25th named storm of the year, was not very organized as it moved into the Caribbean Ocean. It increased in wind strength from 35 m.p.h. to 75 m.p.h. and then intensified another 65 m.p.h. in wind strength on Tuesday with winds registered at 140 m.p.h.

Authorities suggest it will have little influence from the jutting Yucatan peninsula it is encroaching as it is moving quickly at speeds up to 17 m.p.h. west by northwest as a Category 3 and Category 5 storm.

Once inside the very warm southern Gulf of Mexico waters, it is expected to re-intensify and the steering trail winds in the upper atmosphere are expected to have it turn northward towards the Louisiana coastline.

Because the waters closer to the shore are not as warm, it is anticipated, but not guaranteed that Delta may lose some strength as it moves ashore.

The expected landfall is much closer to New Orleans than for previous 2020 storms Cristobal, Marco, Laura and Sally. 

Because New Orleans will be on the northeast side of the storm and within the cone of anticipated landfall, it is possible that heavy winds, rain and flooding may occur due to storm surge.

This is a developing story.

 

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