By this time in the season, we are well versed in the damage and dangers a hurricane can pose. Now on named storm number 25, Delta is more than just a record-breaking storm. In the past week, we have seen this system grow dramatically in size and strength. Delta made its first landfall Wednesday morning passing through the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico before moving back over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Delta, now the the sixth tropical system to make landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast this year, is now also the fourth hurricane to do so.
Delta, made landfall just after the 6 o’clock hour Friday evening as a category 2 hurricane, and has now dropped to Post Tropical Cyclone status. Currently this storm is moving further inland at 15 mph with sustained winds of 30 mph. Post Tropical Delta continues to lose strength as it pushes further inland, but will continue to bring rain to our neighboring states... and the Tennessee Valley.
Sadly, this has been another devastating hit for the Lake Charles area. For the second time this season, they are seeing the impacts of a hurricane just a little more than six weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall as a category 4 storm.
Saturday, afternoon we saw heavy showers and a few strong storms push in with gust 35+ mph winds.
By Sunday, rain totals are nearing 3 inches, which is getting off easy compared to the 8+ inches closer to the coast. We are seeing the last of what remains of Delta on Sunday as this system continues to weaken and push to the east northeast.