“(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Delta, the 25th named Atlantic storm this year, is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico and expected to take aim at the U.S. Gulf Coast this week as a major hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.”
” . . . The storm was expected to drop heavy rains on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and head up the Gulf of Mexico toward landfall between Louisiana and Florida.”
” . . . Delta’s winds also could bring 30-foot seas to areas off the Louisiana coast . . . “
” . . . Some weakening is expected due to land interaction, but
conditions look ripe for re-intensification over the Gulf of Mexico.
Almost all the guidance is higher, now showing Delta reaching
category 4 status in the 2-to-3 day time frame, and the new NHC
intensity forecast reflects this likelihood. However, an increase
in southwesterly shear and cooler shelf waters near the northern
Gulf coast should promote weakening, and little change has been made
to the intensity forecast near landfall.
Delta is moving much faster this morning to the west-northwest, with
the latest estimates at about 13 kt. A strengthening mid-level
ridge across Florida should steer the hurricane to the
west-northwest or northwest during the next couple of days. . . .”