A recharging Hurricane Delta has Louisiana in the crosshairs for a sixth time during this year’s busy hurricane season as officials have ordered evacuations for vulnerable coastal areas.
Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Delta is once again gaining strength as it nears the U.S. Gulf Coast.
As of early this morning (Wednesday, October 8, 2020), Delta is a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph as it moves northwest at 15 mph. The storm is located about 450 miles south-southeast of Cameron, Louisiana.
Delta is projected to strengthen to a major hurricane, Category 3 or higher, once again before making landfall across Louisiana tomorrow with hurricane-force winds, life-threatening storm surge, heavy rain, and flooding.
Some tornadoes will also be possible, especially east of where the center of the system comes ashore. The greatest threat of tornadoes is in southern parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Rainfall of 5-10 inches will be possible with some isolated spots receiving over a foot.
The state of Louisiana has had its share of near-misses this season with Hurricane Sally skirting to the east and Marco dissipating but the state also bore the brunt with Hurricane Laura blasting into the Lake Charles area as a Category 4 storm and was flooded by Tropical Storm Cristobal back in June.