UPDATE: October 6, 11 p.m. : Delta is still a Category 4 storm with 130 mile per hour winds after reaching 145 miles per hour earlier in the day. The newest models trend a little south of our viewing area with the heavier rains but this kind of movement is expected with so many days left before the remnants can arrive.
The newest projections from the National Hurricane Center show the remnant low pressure center between Tennessee and Kentucky by Sunday night and moving to the northeast. Winds are not anticipated to be an issue but rain amounts can vary from near one inch to two and a half inches. The numbers will likely change in the next few days. Stay tuned.
(WOWK) – Delta, now a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds, has continued to rapidly strengthen as it crawls toward the Yucatán Peninsula and Cancun on Tuesday.
The storm is forecast to maintain Category 4 intensity before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico later in the day on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Possibly flirting with Category 5 status.
The latest forecast track shows Delta is passing southwest of the Cayman Islands before hitting the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula early Wednesday morning. It will reach the central Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday evening as a Category 4 storm.
The hurricane center said in its latest advisory that “extremely dangerous” hurricane conditions are expected in the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula Wednesday morning.
After Delta lashes Cancun, it will head north to northwest in the gulf and restrengthen to a category 4 storm. It will make landfall on late Friday in Louisiana as a category 3 storm, as of this writing. Then it will move inland up through the Tennessee Valley and through Appalachia.
We are expecting heavy rain along its path and some flooding can be expected. The Appalachian region will see rain beginning late Saturday through Sunday with a few showers lingering through Monday morning.