OEP Director Mary Jones provides updates on Hurricane Delta

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Delta 10-7-2020

…Hurricane Delta’s track shifts slightly westward…

Timing and Overview:

  • Hurricane Delta is a Category 3 hurricane and will clip the Yucatan Peninsula today before strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico.
  • A curve to the north is expected on Thursday and it will make another turn to the northeast Friday into Saturday. This will limit impacts in our area to the ArkLaMiss and central Louisiana Friday night into Saturday.
  • Delta is currently weakening, but will re-strengthen when it moves over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico later today.
  • Delta is expected to be a Category 3 major hurricane at landfall on the Louisiana coast on Friday evening.
  • While the forecast track has shifted slightly westward, it appears at this time that the worst inland impacts (flooding/wind damage) from Delta will be east of the ArkLaMiss.
Delta 10-7-2020

Four State Impacts:

  • Rain
    • 2-5 inches of heavy rainfall (with isolated higher amounts) will be possible in the ArkLaMiss and portions of central Louisiana late Thursday into Saturday.
    • 1-2 inches of rainfall can be expected for northwest/west-central Louisiana, Deep East Texas, and southwestern Arkansas with isolated heavier amounts possible.
    • Localized flash flooding cannot be ruled out at this time with no river flooding anticipated.
    • A more westward track would increase rainfall amounts and the potential for flash flooding.
  • Wind
    • The strongest winds will move across central Louisiana and the ArkLaMiss Friday night into early Saturday morning with the system quickly pulling out of the area.
    • There is the possibility of large limbs downed and sporadic uprooted trees and power outages in the ArkLaMiss and central Louisiana.
    • If the track shifts further west, downed trees and power outages will become more of a concern.