“It’s common for a lot of people to suffer from hurricane fatigue during a busy season, but we need everyone who takes the threat seriously,” said Edwards.
According to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy, the storm is expected to land over northern parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a likely Category 4 by Wednesday. From there, it could turn towards the US Gulf Coast and reach land by Saturday morning.
It grew quickly along the way.
Rapid intensification in tropical systems is defined as a gain of 35 miles per hour or more within 24 hours and a gain in the delta of 40 miles per hour on Monday.
Delta is now a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 1
The State Emergency Operations Center in Louisiana has been activated since March because of the coronavirus pandemic and is still engaged in the recovery from Hurricane Laura, which struck the area last August. The media briefing for Hurricane Delta will begin on Tuesday, Edwards’ office said.
An unsafe route to the USA
Delta is ready to only get stronger as it approaches the Yucatan Canal between Mexico and Cuba.
Cuba and the eastern Yucatan, including the city of Cancun, are under hurricane warnings as the storm threatens to land, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.
From Mexico, the storm is expected to move into the western Gulf of Mexico from Wednesday to Thursday, but is not expected to hit the U.S. coast until Saturday.
The Gulf may be conducive to Delta in order to maintain its impact, but three days before reaching the US, forecasts are still uncertain, Javaheri said. Current guidelines suggest that as a Category 3 hurricane, Delta will land somewhere between the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama or the Florida Panhandle.
“While there is still significant uncertainty about the intensity of the Delta as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, it is becoming more and more likely that the system poses significant wind and storm surge threats to part of this area,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
This makes predicting Delta’s path a little difficult, as interactions with Gamma’s remains could result in a sharp jog west, followed by a sharp return to the northwest, the National Hurricane said.
The 25th named storm of the season
The intensification of Delta made it the 25th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. That includes 21 named storms in the standard list of names along with the now four named storms in the Greek alphabet, Javaheri said.
This is only the second time the Greek letter delta has been used for a named storm, and it is the earliest 25th Atlantic storm ever. The previous one was Delta on November 15, 2005.
With almost eight weeks left in the hurricane season, the number of storms mentioned is approaching the record for a season in 2005, when 28 storms were recorded.
CNN’s Kay Jones, Judson Jones and Taylor Ward contributed to this report.