Weather Blog: Delta becomes a major hurricane Tuesday morning

Delta is the 9th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the third major hurricane of the season.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 11:33 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 10:37 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Storm Delta formed Monday morning and it rapidly intensified in the Caribbean Sea into a Category 4 hurricane by Tuesday morning.

Delta went from a tropical depression to a Category 4 hurricane in nearly 36 hours and the maximum sustained winds have increased by 90 mph in a little over a day.

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As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Delta is located 260 miles from Cozumel, Mexico.

It is packing sustained winds of 140 mph and it is tracking to the west-northwest at 16 mph.

Delta is forecast to be a Category 4 hurricane as it passes over the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday morning.

Hurricane conditions are expected for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tuesday and continue through Wednesday.

Delta is expected to produce 4 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches, across portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula through midweek.

Over the next few days, Delta is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts, across portions of the Cayman Islands and western Cuba.

The heavy rainfall may result in areas of flash flooding and mudslides.

Later this week, Delta is expected to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the central Gulf Coast, Tennessee Valley, and southeastern United States.

Potential impacts of a landfalling hurricane will be somewhere from far western Texas to the Florida Panhandle.

Unfortunately, these areas have been hit hard this season and are still dealing with the aftermath of Sally and Laura.

Delta continues the record-breaking pace of the season.

It is the 9th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and it is the strongest Greek named hurricane which was previously held by Beta of 2005.

Delta is forecast to be the 10th US land-falling tropical cyclone in a single season which will break the previous record of 9 in 1916.

It is the 25th named storm and it is the earliest 25th named storm on record.

The previous record was November 15, 2005.

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