My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Hurricane Delta is a very deadly storm ready for landfall on a path between Sally and Beta, is moving fast through the Gulf 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. Get your last minute evacuation plan in order 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.
…RAINBANDS OF DELTA SPREADING INTO SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS…
…EXPECTED TO BRING HURRICANE CONDITIONS AND A LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE TO PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST LATER TODAY…
– A Hurricane Warning continues for High Island, TX, to Morgan City, LA.
A Tropical Storm Warning continues from west of High Island to Sargent, TX, and from east of Morgan City , LA, to the mouth of the Pearl River, incl. New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area by this afternoon, with tropical storm conditions expected there later this morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning areas later today.
– A Storm Surge Warning continues for High Island. TX, to the Mouth of the Pearl River, LA, incl. Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, and Lake Borgne. 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…
– Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Morgan City, LA, including Vermilion Bay…7-11 ft
– Holly Beach to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, LA…5-8 ft
– Sabine Pass to Holly Beach, LA…4-7 ft
– Morgan City, to Port Fourchon, LA…4-7 ft
– Port Fourchon, LA to the Mouth of the Mississippi River…3-5 ft
– Calcasieu Lake…3-5 ft
– High Island, TX to Sabine Pass…2-4 ft
– Mouth of the Mississippi River to Mouth of the Pearl River…2-4 ft
– Lake Borgne…2-4 ft
– Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas…1-3 ft
– Mouth of the Pearl River, LA, to the AL/FL state line incl. Mobile Bay…1-3 ft
– Sabine Lake…1-3 ft
– Port O’Connor to High Island, TX, including Galveston Bay…1-3 ft
A few tornadoes are possible today and tonight over southern portions of Louisiana and Mississippi. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office – www.weather.gov
At 7 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Delta was located about 160 miles (255 km) south of Cameron, LA. Delta is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today followed by a north-northeastward motion by tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Delta will move inland within the hurricane warning area this evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km). Slow weakening is expected to begin as Delta approaches the northern Gulf coast later today, with rapid weakening expected after the center moves inland.
For today through Saturday, Delta is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches, from southwest into central Louisiana. These rainfall amounts will lead to significant flash, urban, small stream flooding, along with minor to major 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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