Delta continues to weaken as it moves farther inland. However winds are still gusting into the 40s in southeast Louisiana and there are a number of power outages around our area. Rain bands will continue to move east through the night and we will be clear by sunrise on Saturday.
Hurricane Delta is quickly weakening as it moves inland in Louisiana tonight. Now, the storm has downgraded to a Category 1 with 80 mile per hour winds. 39 mile per hour sustained winds at Opelousas St. Landry Parish Airport were reported within the hour. Tropical showers, strong winds, and a tornado potential will remain the local threats across New Orleans tonight to overnight.
Hurricane Delta has officially made landfall near Creole, Louisiana as a Category 2 storm with 100 mile per hour winds and gusts of 125 miles per hour. This is the 10th hurricane to make landfall in 2020, breaking a record for most tropical cyclone landfalls in a single season.
Hurricane Delta is close to making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mile per hour winds and gusts of 125 miles per hour. The eyewall is moving onshore and will continue inland in this next hour.
Landfall is defined as the moment a tropical system’s center intersects land. Gusty winds and heavy rain in New Orleans will continue tonight to overnight. As of 5 PM, 71 mile per hour winds have been reported near Port Arthur, Texas near an anticipated landfall Friday night, just 6 weeks after Hurricane Laura came ashore.
Hurricane Delta is now classified as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and gusts of 140 miles per hour. Landfall will be beginning within the next few hours across southwest Louisiana.
55 mile per hour winds have been reported near Port Arthur, Texas and 51 mile per hour winds have been reported near Cameron, Louisiana, near an anticipated landfall Friday night, just 6 weeks after Hurricane Laura came ashore.
Impacts across New Orleans will be beginning shortly as rain in the area moves in off of the coast. Anticipate a few tornado warnings later tonight imbedded within Delta’s outer bands. For this reason, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a Slight Risk (level 2 out of 5) for severe weather across southeast Louisiana.
At that point, tropical storm wind gusts will pick up, as well. As a summary, the main risks in southeast Louisiana and our New Orleans Metro are a tornado threat late Friday afternoon through the overnight hours, 25-50+mph wind gusts, and 1-3” of rainfall. We will monitor for localized higher amounts.
10AM Advisory maintains Category 3 intensity with Hurricane #Delta with max winds of 115mph. Subtle drop to a Category 2 at landfall later today around 6PM. Do NOT let the term “weakening” fool you. This remains a large, dangerous hurricane.
High-resolution forecast model data keeps Delta’s greatest impacts to our west in Acadiana and southwest Louisiana. Hurricane conditions likely from Lake Charles to Lafayette. 75-90mph gusts & power outages likely likely. Power outages likely in Acadiana/southwest Louisiana from Breaux Bridge to Lake Charles. 7-11ft of storm surge from Rockefeller Refuge to Vermilion Bay.
In southeast Louisiana, we are still expecting impacts. These numbers may be running a little hot for wind gusts, but I am expecting tropical storm force wind gusts possible this evening-early overnight.
Main risks in southeast Louisiana & New Orleans Metro: tornado threat late Friday afternoon-overnight Friday, 25-50+mph wind gusts, 1-3” of rainfall. We will monitor for localized higher amounts.
Tropical storm force gusts are still likely on the projected path all the way to Metro New Orleans. Sporadic power outages are a possibility, mainly in the Bayou/River Parishes towards Baton Rouge.