Weather Blog: Hurricane Delta to make historic landfall in Louisiana Friday

According to the National Hurricane Center, Delta is expected to make landfall late in the day Friday.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 11:13 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Hurricane Delta is aiming for landfall near Cameron, Louisiana late Friday.

This will be the 10th landfalling storm in the U.S. for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season which breaks the old record of 9 landfalls in 1916.

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What makes this situation even more significant is how close the forecast track of Delta is to the actual track of Laura.

It isn’t common for the same location to be hit by multiple storms in the same seasons but it does happen.

Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a strong Category 4 just six weeks ago.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of Thursday evening, Delta is a Category 3 hurricane and it could make landfall as a Category 2 late in the day Friday.

Regardless of what category the hurricane is, it will still cause widespread damage to an already devastated area.

Life-threatening storm surge is expected near and east of where Delta makes landfall Friday, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect from High Island, Texas, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

The highest inundation of 7 to 11 feet is expected somewhere between Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge and Morgan City, Louisiana.

The storm surge risk remains high despite the forecast decrease in intensity before landfall since Delta is expected to grow in size.

Hurricane-force winds are expected Friday afternoon and evening somewhere within the Hurricane Warning area between High Island, Texas, and Morgan City, Louisiana.

Hurricane force winds will also spread inland across portions of southern Louisiana near the path of Deltas center Friday evening and Friday night.

Friday through Saturday, Delta is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches, from southwest into south-central Louisiana.

These rainfall amounts will lead to significant flash, urban, small stream flooding, along with minor to major river flooding.

Additional flooding is expected across portions of the central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley.

There is a risk of a few tornadoes beginning late Thursday night and continuing through Friday over southern portions of Louisiana and Mississippi.

By the Numbers

Delta is the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and it is the earliest 25th named storm on record.

The previous record was November 15, 2005.

Delta is the ninth hurricane of 2020 and it will be the fifth hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. this year.

Also, if Delta crosses the Louisiana coastline, it will be the fourth named storm to make landfall in the Pelican State (Cristobal, Marco, Laura).

While it will be a record for Louisiana, it is not the overall record for a state which is held by Florida (2005).

Delta will go down as the strongest Greek named hurricane which was previously held by Beta of 2005.

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