10/07 – Brantly’s “Hurricane Delta” Wednesday Morning Update

(WXXV) — Hurricane Delta made landfall at around 5:45 a.m. (Central time) Wednesday in Puerto Morelos, Mexico as a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

A slower northwestward to north-northwestward motion is forecast to begin on Thursday, and a northward motion is likely Thursday night and Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Delta will move over the northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula this morning.  Delta is forecast to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, be over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico through Thursday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph with higher gusts.  Although some additional weakening is likely as Delta moves over the Yucatan peninsula this morning, re-strengthening is forecast when the hurricane moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday night and Thursday, and Delta could become a Category 4 hurricane again by late Thursday.  Weakening is expected as Delta approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.  A WeatherFlow observing site at Puerto Morelos, Mexico, has recently reported sustained winds of 54 mph and a gust to 75 mph after the passage of the center over that location.  A wind gust to 64 mph was recently reported on Cozumel, Mexico.

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