Tropical Storm Delta Could Be Category 3 by Wednesday
Tropical Storm Delta could become a Category 3 by midweek according to the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Hurricane Hunter aircraft found significant strengthening and conditions that could have Tropical Storm Delta forming into a major hurricane in just a few days.
Delta had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was moving west slowly at 8 mph. Delta is currently in the warm waters south-southwest of Jamaica. Conditions are almost perfect for Delta to form into a hurricane within 36 hours.
The National Hurricane Center says Delta will be in the Gulf of Mexico soon and even though she'll have to deal with wind shear in the Gulf, Delta will still become a major hurricane. Forecasters are predicting landfall between the Texas/Louisiana border and the panhandle of Florida.
If computer models are correct, Louisiana could be in the path of a major hurricane by the end of the week, especially if Delta turns more westerly. A category 3 hurricane will cause significant storm surge, wind damage and Delta will drop a lot of rain. The gulf coast will get significant rainfall starting as early as Thursday.
Sandbag locations have been announced for Lafayette Parish and other areas of Acadiana prior to Delta's arrival. Bagging facilities are currently open in Lafayette, Broussard, Carencro, Duson and Youngsville. The Scott location is not open just yet. These sites are all self-bagging and residents must bring their own shovel. Some locations have a 20 bag per household limit.