Heavy rains and dangerous winds: a powerful new hurricane approaches the US coast
On the morning of Monday, October 5, tropical storm Delta formed in the Atlantic Ocean. He is expected to land in Louisiana. Nola.
The storm's current trajectory projection is that it will hit southeast Louisiana on Friday, October 9, as a Category 2 hurricane. But the trajectory may be within 160 to 200 miles (257-321 km).
Forecasters said heavy rains, dangerous storm surges and gusty winds along the coast from Louisiana to western Florida are possible, depending on the route and intensity of the system. Experts are also watching the weakening of tropical storm Gamma in the Gulf of Mexico. It is located close to the Yucatan Peninsula and is not expected to reach the US Gulf Coast.
Here's what you need to know about a tropical storm as of the first half of Monday, October 5th.
Tropical storm Delta is forming in the Caribbean
As of 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Delta was approximately 130 miles (209 km) south of Negril, Jamaica, and about 270 miles (434 km) southeast of Grand Cayman.
The storm is heading northwest at 9 miles (14,4 km / h) per hour. It is expected to pick up speed on Tuesday and Wednesday (October 6 and 7). According to the forecast, the center of the tropical depression is expected to move away from Jamaica at the end of the day, move near or over the Cayman Islands in the evening and approach Juventud Island and western Cuba in the afternoon or evening on Tuesday 6 October.
Forecasters said long-term trajectory predictions are difficult to give because they are not sure how the storm will interact with the remnant of tropical storm Gamma.
According to Stacey Stewart, senior specialist at the National Hurricane Center, the engagement "could lead to a sharp westward movement followed by a sharp turn back northwest."
The latest trajectory forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows the system is heading for the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and will arrive there on Tuesday (October 6) evening or early Wednesday morning (October 7).
“The system is expected to turn north at some point, and depending on when and where this happens, the expected impacts could change significantly,” said Phil Grigsby, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Slidell.
In the long term, which changes frequently, on Friday (October 9), the hurricane will reach the coast near Terrebonne and Lafourche, then turn east towards New Orleans and then head for Mississippi.
Forecasters said the Delta wind could reach Louisiana as early as Thursday morning (October 8), but most likely it will be closer to night.
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Will the storm harden
The wind speed of Tropical Storm Delta is 40 mph (64 km / h). More intensification is expected over the next few days, and the tropical storm is expected to become a hurricane as it passes near western Cuba.
The maximum wind speed is expected to be 105 mph (168 km / h). On landfall, a wind of 100 mph (160 km / h) is expected. Tropical storm force winds now extend up to 45 miles (72 km) from the center.
The National Hurricane Center reported that tropical storm Gamma was weakening overnight in the Gulf of Mexico. As of 7 a.m., the center of the storm was about 165 miles (265 km) northeast of Progreso, Mexico, and about 150 miles (241 km) northwest of Cozumel, Mexico.
It travels southwest at 2 mph (3,2 km / h). The National Hurricane Center predicts Gamma will remain near Yucatan for the next day or two. Gamma could possibly move inland along the northwest coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday (October 6) and Wednesday (October 7) evenings.
Gamma's winds have eased to 45 mph (72,4 km / h) and a gradual easing is expected over the next few days. Some parts of Mexico have tropical storm warnings.
What else do you need to know?
A meteorological system gets its name when it turns into a tropical storm. The next available name is Epsilon. Forecasters switched to the Greek alphabet in September after using all available names for the 2020 Atlantic season.
No other tropical cyclones are expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea in the next 5 days. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but storms can occur at any time.
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