Wednesday Morning: Few showers around today; Delta may strike Louisiana as a Major Hurricane on Friday

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StormTracker Morning Forecast (Posted: 8:00 A.M.)

For most updated information on Hurricane Delta, click here.

Tracking the Tropics: Hurricane Delta made landfall near Puerto Morelos, which is south of Cancún, with maximum winds of 110 mph. It will likely re-strengthen in the Gulf, possibly back into a Category 4, before taking aim toward the Louisiana coast as a weakening Category 3 on Friday. Do not focus on the fact that it is expected to weaken. The National Hurricane Center stresses, “guidance show Delta becoming considerably larger than it is now by the time it reaches the northern Gulf coast, so even if weakening occurs there, the hurricane will likely bring a sizable area of hazardous conditions to the coast.” Landfall is projected to be Friday afternoon, but impacts will begin late Thursday and lasting through early Saturday morning (timing may change). The cone now includes Louisiana/Texas state line to around Terrebonne Bay and most of Southeast Louisiana. Prepare for a category higher than forecast! The exact magnitude of impacts will become more clear today. For now, be sure to plan on strong winds (strongest winds near the coast and near the center), storm surge and coastal flooding, heavy rain, and possibly isolated tornadoes. Impacts will be felt well-away from the center.

Today: Mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid and upper 80s. Rain chance is around 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and warm with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

Thursday: We will likely see passing showers, along with winds picking up. Highs in the 80s.

Friday: Depending on Delta’s track, conditions could deteriorate early Friday morning. Windy. Rain chance is around 80%.

Weekend: Again, depending on Delta’s track, we could be dealing with rain and wind through Saturday. Rain chances will drop to 20% on Sunday. Another front may move in next week.

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