Hurricane Delta Now a Category 3 Storm
As of 10 p. m. CDT Thursday, October 8, 2020, Hurricane Delta has strengthened a little more while moving over the south-central Gulf of Mexico and has become a Category 3 hurricane. The eyewall was not apparent a few hours ago but has reformed as of 10 p. m. Slight strengthening is expected over the next six hours. There is good news, however. After the slight strengthening, Delta will meet wind shear, drier air and cooler waters, conditions that will be working against her. Forecasters still expect Delta to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane.
Hurricane Delta is currently located at 25.7N 93.6W or about 285 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana. The maximum sustained winds are now at 120 mph. Movement is north-northwestward at 12 mph. The minimum central pressure is 955 MB.
Hurricane Delta is expected to bring hurricane conditions and a life-threatening storm surge to portions of the Louisiana Gulf Coast Friday afternoon. A peak storm surge of 7-11 feet is expected near and east of the center across Vermillion, St. Mary and Terrebonne Parishes.
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