Hurricane Delta Moving Into Gulf of Mexico – East Texas and Louisiana on Alert…

Hurricane Delta is moving into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon.  The current forecast from the NHC puts Delta toward the East-Texas and Louisiana coastline this weekend; however, these forecasts are early and everyone on the coastal gulf should keep an eye on this storm and watch for updates.

(NHC) […] At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 21.8 North, longitude 88.8 West. Delta is moving toward the northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h). A northwestward motion with a reduction in forward speed is expected over the next 24 hours. A north-northwestward motion is expected by late Thursday, and a faster northward to north-northeastward motion is forecast on Friday and Friday night.

On the forecast track, the center of Delta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, be over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico through Thursday, and approach the northern Gulf coast within the hurricane watch area on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Re-strengthening is forecast when the hurricane moves over the southern and central Gulf of Mexico through Thursday, and Delta is expected to become a major hurricane again. Some weakening is is forecast as Delta approaches the northern Gulf coast on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). (More)

This storm is once again moving toward the central operational base of major oil refineries and gasoline production interests for the entire southern U.S.  It is prudent to fill your vehicle with gasoline even if you do not live in/around the potential landfall area.  There is a possibility of significant supply-chain disruption for fuel.

Anyone living in East-Texas and Louisiana should pay close attention to the path of the storm.  There may be significant variation on the models over the next 24 hours.  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  Everything is replaceable, except you and your family.

Again, if anyone finds themselves in need of assistance please reach out in the comment section and/or send us an email and we will work earnestly to assist.  In the interim we can pray for wind-sheer to blunt the strength of the storm and weaken it before landfall.


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