My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Hurricane Delta has moved ashore a few hours ago and made landfall near Creole, Louisiana–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. Do o not venture out into flooded waters where you cannot see the bottom of the water, due to the fact that sharp objects can be floating or worse yet, missing manhole covers.
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.
…DELTA JUST INLAND ALONG THE SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA COAST…
…HURRICANE CONDITIONS AND A LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE OCCURRING WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…
– A Hurricane Warning continues for High Island, TX, to Morgan City, LA.
– The Tropical Storm Warning west of San Luis Pass, Texas has been discontinued. A Tropical Storm Warning continues from west of High Island to San Luis Pass, Texas and from east of Morgan City Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
Hurricane conditions are occurring within the hurricane warning area, and should continue during the next few hours. Tropical storm conditions will continue within portions of the tropical storm warning areas through early Saturday.
– The Storm Surge Warning from High Island, Texas to Sabine Pass has been discontinued. A Storm Surge Warning continues east of Sabine Pass to the Mouth of the Pearl River including 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, LA to Morgan City, LA including
– Vermilion Bay…7-11 ft
– Holly Beach, LA to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, LA…5-8 ft
– Morgan City, LA to Port Fourchon, LA…4-6 ft
– Sabine Pass to Holly Beach, LA…2-4 ft
– Calcasieu Lake…2-4 ft
– Port Fourchon, LA to the 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 to the AL/FL border including Mobile Bay…1-3 ft
– Sabine Lake…1-3 ft
– Port O’Connor, TX to Sabine Pass including Galveston Bay…1-3 ft
A few tornadoes are possible through tonight over the
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 p.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Delta was located inland over southern Louisiana about 25 miles (40 km) west-southwest of Jennings. Delta is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this motion is
expected to continue through Saturday morning. A motion toward the northeast is then expected through Sunday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta should move across central and northeastern Louisiana tonight and Saturday morning. After that time, the system is forecast to move across northern Mississippi into the Tennessee Valley.
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. 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). The National Weather Service office at Lake Charles reported sustained winds of 64 mph (103 km/h) with gusts to 95 mph (153 km/h) at the airport. Rapid weakening is expected overnight and Saturday. Delta is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm tonight and to a tropical depression on Saturday.
For tonight 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 p.m. CDT- www.hurricanes.gov
Other Tropical Systems: There are no other areas of immediate concern. Visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.
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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