The Tropics Continue to Sizzle

Late-season storm threatens Gulf Coast...
Posted at 6:59 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:59:29-04

The Gulf Coast can't catch a break!
More specifically-- Louisiana is almost like a magnet to tropical systems this year. Three named systems have made landfall in Louisiana so far this year... and now... less than 6 weeks after the strongest storm of the season (Hurricane Laura) demolished Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes-- another system is targeting the state.

Here's the latest:
Tropical Storm Delta has been intensifying today...and as of this hour winds are sustained at 70mph, which makes it a strong tropical storm. Category 1 hurricane status is achieved when winds reach 74mph. We expect this system to become a hurricane within the next few hours.


A lot of the models are in agreement that the system will begin moving northwest later tonight and then eventually take a turn towards the north. The timing of that turn will be crucial. As shown below, the system is forecast to become a major hurricane as it makes its way into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A lot of that will depend on how much interaction the system has with the Yucatan Peninsula. Guidance eventually curves this system towards southeast Louisiana.


This is worth watching as many evacuees from Lake Charles (Hurricane Laura victims) have temporarily relocated there while their homes are being restored.