— “Satellite images showed that the Delta hurricane was an incredibly compact hurricane on Tuesday morning, October 6, 2020, … only 24 hours after it became the 25th tropical storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.”
– AccuWeather, October 6, 2020
— “Now is the time for Louisianans to prepare for Hurricane Delta. This storm will affect Louisiana and everyone needs to prepare accordingly.”
— Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, October 6, 2020
October 6, 2020 Cayman Islands – AccuWeather is reporting mid-day that Hurricane Delta’s winds increased to 130 mph by 11:20 AM EDT on Tuesday “only 24 hours after Delta became the 25th tropical storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Delta is the first major hurricane to churn over the Atlantic basin during the month of October, since Hurricane Michael in 2018.
AccuWeather predicts that Hurricane Delta will make landfall as a major hurricane in at least a Category 3 strength by Friday or Saturday, October 9 – 10. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today, “Now is the time for Louisianans to prepare for Delta. This storm will affect Louisiana and everyone needs to prepare accordingly.”
AccuWeather, Oct. 6, 2020: “As Delta approaches the central Gulf Coast it will start to encounter increasing wind shear and slightly cooler water, but the forward speed of Delta and the degree of shear it encounters will determine its wind strength at landfall. … People along the Louisiana coast should prepare for a direct strike by a major hurricane late Friday or early Saturday” with severe storm conditions 24 to 48 hours before then.
After Delta’s intensity peaks over the extremely warm water of the southern Gulf, it should start to weaken a bit as it approaches the northern Gulf coast Thursday and Friday. The shallow water just offshore of the coastline has been cooled by early season cold fronts this year. In addition, the upper-level winds are forecast to become somewhat hostile.
The storm is expected to pick up forward speed as it approaches the coast, however, and that will maintain higher winds on the right side – the onshore side – of the storm. Delta is likely to cause life-threatening storm surge well to the right of where the center comes ashore.
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