My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Hurricane Delta has moved upward inland centered over the three corners of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas a few hours ago and continues to weaken into a tropical depression state–still moving a little faster than the year’s previous tropical activity, but slowing as it hangs into the westerlies where shear will continue to break the storm apart. Still 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. I am swishing everyone much luck in a fast and successful assessment to damages and re-build. This has been an extremely abundant year of storms, and to wishing this to be the final end. We are just over seven weeks until the official end of the hurricane season, so be on the lookout, and I will keep you informed at the beginning stage of any future activity. A collage photo of Delta on .GIF to follow as soon as it is complete…
More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Delta, centered inland over the Lower Mississippi Valley www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Delta.
Elsewhere over the Atlantic basin on this Saturday, a westward-moving tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the central tropical Atlantic. Slow development of this system could be possible later this weekend or early next week while the wave continues moving westward at 15 to 20 mph. Upper-level winds are forecast to become unfavorable for further development by the middle of next week. It has a low (10 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a low (20 percent) chance during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov
…DELTA WEAKENS TO A DEPRESSION OVER WESTERN MISSISSIPPI…
…HEAVY RAIN THREAT CONTINUES…
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
– Wind gusts to tropical-storm force are possible this afternoon over portions of northern Mississippi and southeastern Arkansas.
– Water levels will continue to subside today along the Louisiana coast.
– A few tornadoes are possible across parts of Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and western Georgia through early tonight.
For information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office at www.weather.gov.
At 10 a.m. CDT, the center of now Tropical Depression Delta was located inland over Mississippi about 65 miles (105 km) north-northwest of Jackson. The depression is moving toward the northeast near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue with a decrease in forward speed through Sunday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta should move across western and northern Mississippi today and into the Tennessee Valley tonight and Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Greenwood, Mississippi, recently reported a wind gust of 43 mph (69 km/h), and an automated station near Monticello, Arkansas, recently reported a wind gust of 41 mph (66 km/h). Additional weakening is expected to take place, and Delta is forecast to decay to a remnant low pressure area on Sunday.
For eastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi, Delta is expected to produce an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated storm totals of 10 inches. These rainfall amounts will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding.
As the remnants of Delta move farther inland, 1 to 3 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts, are expected in northern Alabama and the Tennessee Valley into the Mid-Atlantic through the weekend. There is a potential for 3 to 6 inches in the Southern to Central Appalachians which could lead to flash, urban, small stream, along with isolated minor river flooding.
This is the last Public Advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on this system. Future information on this system can be found in Public Advisories issued by the Weather Prediction Center beginning at 4 p.m. CDT at www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
Other Tropical Systems: A wave by early next week could present some development up to mid-week. Otherwise no other areas of immediate concern as the upper air is due to become unfavorable for further development of any organized storms by end of next week . 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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