Tropical Storm Delta likely to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

Residents along the Gulf Coast should begin making initial preparations now.When Delta makes landfall, it will become the 10th tropical cyclone to make landfall along the U.S. Tropical Storm Delta formed early Monday morning just south of Jamaica in the Caribbean. Gamma is forecast to continue to weaken, as Delta becomes the main event in the Caribbean. 06:39

The record-shattering 2020 Atlantic hurricane season shows no signs of slowing down. Gulf Coast. Then all indications are that wind shear — those hostile upper-level winds — will develop on top of the system and act to subdue the intensity of the storm. 

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The official forecast calls for the system to weaken before making landfall Friday. Here’s a look at Ocean Heat Content. Latest at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/qBJJdAh6Ze— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 5, 2020

As a result Delta has now entered its strengthening phase, which is expected to last through Thursday as the system moves northwestward into the Gulf of Mexico. In response, Delta is quickly becoming better organized as thunderstorms blossom and encircle the center of low pressure. 
Tropical Storm #Delta has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Delta forms, likely to hit U.S. Old record was November 15, 2005. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

As of Monday morning, hostile upper-level winds, also called wind shear, which were inhibiting the system from organizing, have started to lessen. It’s only the second hurricane season on record to run out of names and require using the Greek alphabet. #Delta has formed in the central Caribbean – the 25th Atlantic named storm of the 2020 Atlantic #hurricane season to date and earliest 25th Atlantic named storm on record. pic.twitter.com/vMZOAwqppi— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 5, 2020

Delta follows right on the heels of Tropical Storm Gamma, which is still spinning about 600 miles to the northwest of Delta, near Cancun, Mexico. That’s because over the next 48 hours the system will be moving over the northwest Caribbean into a bullseye of some of the most potent ocean heat content on Earth. CBS News

While Delta is not explicitly forecast to become a major hurricane, it certainly can not be ruled out. By Wednesday it is forecast to attain winds of around 105 mph, making it a strong Category 2, bordering on Category 3, which is major hurricane status. Delta is expected to make landfall late this week along the U.S. Most models are in general agreement on the landfall occurring somewhere in an area stretching from southeast Louisiana near New Orleans eastward to Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. But with four days to go, a lot can change between now and then. High octane fuel. With the prediction of a possible landfalling Hurricane #Delta next week, it would be the 10th tropical cyclone strike of the season. Not only is it very hot water, 86 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, but also very deep hot water, which also helps sustain and strengthen storms. Additional strengthening is likely and the system is expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it pass near or over western Cuba late Tuesday or early Wednesday. #Delta will move through the deep red bullseye today and tomorrow in the NW Caribbean. The computer model intensity guidance suggests that rapid intensification, which is becoming more common in the Atlantic due to warmer ocean temperatures from climate change, is likely in Delta’s near future.The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center is for Delta to become a hurricane Tuesday as it passes through the Yucatan Channel, west of Havana, Cuba. The storm is forecast to become a hurricane and impact the U.S. This would break the record for most landfalling tropical cyclones in a single season (9; 1916). coast this season, the most on record in the Atlantic. Gulf Coast by the end of the week. #NOLA 👀2020 continues to do it’s thing. Delta is the 25th named storm of the season, 6 full weeks ahead of the record pace set in 2005 — a season that featured 28 tropical systems. With nearly two months left in the season, and three months left in the year, 2020 is on track to leave 2005 in the dust. pic.twitter.com/dk9SsFV2SE— MJVentrice (@MJVentrice) October 4, 2020

First published on October 5, 2020 / 9:57 AM Gulf Coast as hurricane

By Jeff Berardelli

Updated on: October 5, 2020 / 12:26 PM
/ CBS News

Active 2020 hurricane season could last months more

Active 2020 hurricane season could last month… pic.twitter.com/OpQvmDX4wr— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) October 5, 2020

Delta is expected to reach peak intensity on Wednesday and Thursday as it enters the central Gulf of Mexico.