Delta made landfall over Creole, LA in Cameron parish at 6:00 pm CT as a Category 2 hurricane with max sustained winds of 100 mph. It was the second hurricane to make landfall in Cameron parish following Laura just six weeks. Delta become the fourth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana and the fifth hurricane to make a U.S. landfall this year.
As of 10:00 p.m., Delta is a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph.
The storm will continue to weaken as it continues to move over land. It will likely become a tropical storm before exiting the state a tracking into Mississippi where it will weaken into a tropical depression. From there, Delta is forecast to brush Alabama as it moves into Tennessee. Afterward, the system will weaken into a remnant low as it heads into Kentucky and then Ohio.
CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
Storm Surge Warning: High Island, TX to the mouth of the Pearl River, including Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, Lake Ponchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Lake Borgne
Hurricane Warning: High Island, TX to Morgan City, LA – includes parishes along and west of the Atchafalaya River
Tropical Storm Warning: West of High Island, TX to Sargent, Tx to East of Morgan City, LA to the mouth of the Pearl River, MS including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and all parishes east of the Atchafalaya River
Coastal Flood Advisory: St. Tammany, Livingston, St. John The Baptist and Southern Tangipahoa Parishes for minor coastal flooding of 1 to 3 feet above ground level
Peak winds will range from 25-45 mph with gusts of 50-70 mph or greater, based off of the latest forecast track. However, there is the potential for wind gusts greater than 74 mph especially near the Atchafalaya River and near the coast. If the storm wobbles to the east, peak wind forecast will increase.
Flash Flood Watch: We will remain under the watch area until Saturday afternoon. Rain estimates will range in 2-6″ within the watch zones with some local higher amounts. Rain totals could surpass 10″ near and east of where Delta tracks. Please drive with caution as roads may become impassible. Never go around barricades. We will need to monitor river levels. Comite at Joor Road will enter moderate flood stage Friday.
Late season storms provide favorable environments for tornadic development. Expect isolated tornadoes to spawn from some of Delta’s outer feeder bands. The greatest threat will be Friday and Friday night.
Now is the time to prepare. Make sure that you have a game plan for your entire family, including your pets. Be sure to follow along for recent updates. Charge your mobile devices. Be sure to download our free app. Stay safe and weather aware! Be ready to stay indoors as conditions deteriorate on Friday,