My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
A very deadly storm that has developed in the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Delta is moving at a much higher rate of speed as compared to previous tropical activity earlier in this season, as the hurricane season has moved into the fast-moving sector of the fall season. Be ready to evacuate right now!!
More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
Atlantic Tropical Report: ALL activity as of present date is located in the Caribbean. I will keep an eye on everything else, but we are moving into the dangerous area of Hurricane Delta.
…NOAA AND AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INVESTIGATING DELTA…
…HURRICANE CONDITIONS AND LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE EXPECTED TO BEGIN ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON FRIDAY…
– A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Sabine Pass to Ocean Springs, MS, including Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne
– A Storm Surge Watch continues from High Island, TX, to Sabine Pass and east of Ocean Springs, MS, to the Mississippi/Alabama state line.
– A Hurricane Warning continues from east of Sabine Pass to Morgan City, LA.
– A Tropical Storm Warning continues from San Luis Pass, TX to Sabine Pass, and from east of Morgan City, LA, to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
– A Tropical Storm Watch continues from east of the mouth of the Pearl River to Bay St. Louis, MS.
A few tornadoes are possible late tonight through Friday over southern parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the NWS at www.weather.gov
At 7 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Delta was located over the Gulf of Mexico about 425 miles (685 km) south of Cameron, Louisiana. Delta is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a reduction in forward speed is expected today. On the forecast track, the center of Delta will move over the central Gulf of Mexico today, and move inland within the hurricane warning area Friday afternoon or Friday night.
Reports from the Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). Strengthening is forecast to occur, and Delta is expected to become a major hurricane again by tonight. Some weakening is forecast when Delta approaches the northern Gulf coast on Friday.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
– Pecan Island to Port Fourchon, LA incl. Vermilion Bay…7-11 ft
– Cameron, LA to Pecan Island, LA…4-7 ft
– Port Fourchon, LA to the Mouth of the Mississippi River…4-6 ft
– Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs, MS…3-5 ft
– Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, & Lake Maurepas…3-5 ft
– High Island, TX to Cameron, LA incl. Calcasieu Lake…2-4 ft
– Ocean Springs, MS to MS/AL state line…1-3 ft
– MS/AL state line to the AL/FL state line incl. Mobile Bay…1-3 ft
– Sabine Lake…1-3 ft
– Port O’Connor, TX to High Island, TX incl. Galveston Bay…1-3 ft.
Friday through Saturday, Delta is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches, for southwest into south central Louisiana. These rainfall amounts will lead to significant flash, urban, small stream flooding, along with minor to isolated moderate river flooding. For extreme east Texas into northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas and western Mississippi, Delta is expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches. These rainfall amounts will lead to flash, urban, small stream and isolated minor river flooding.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 a.m. CDT – www.hurricanes.gov
La Niña is officially declared as the cause of such an active hurricane season this year, with names running out soon. The Atlantic season is close to record breaking in a very active season, considering it started off quietly and with dust plumes in June and July. Check out the Wikipedia caption: Atlantic hurricane season
Sharing safety measures from my previous 2018 blog post: Tips For Playing it Safe During a Hurricane: Here Comes Florence!
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