10/06 – Brantly’s “Tracking Hurricane Delta” Tuesday Morning Tropical Update
In the tropics, we’re tracking Hurricane Delta which could make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast later this week on Friday or Saturday as a Category 2 or 3. Make sure you’re staying up to date on the forecast and have your plan ready to go. Today, we’re looking at partly cloudy skies with a slight chance for rain and a high near 80 degrees.
The center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 17.5 North, longitude 81.3 West. Delta is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A faster northwestward motion is expected to begin later today through Wednesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta is expected to pass southwest of the Cayman Islands this morning, and move over the northeastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula early Wednesday. Delta is forecast to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday afternoon, and be over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico through Thursday.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Delta is expected to be a major hurricane over the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday and over the Gulf of Mexico through Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles).
The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 968 mb.