Hurricane Delta moved over the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico today as a Category 2 storm and is expected to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico as it takes aim at the U.S. southern coast. Alabama and Louisiana both declared a state of emergency ahead of the approaching storm on Tuesday.
Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds are expected to affect the coast as soon as Thursday evening. As it moves inland, the storm system is expected to bring heavy rains to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region.
This has been a record-setting hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin as Delta will be the 10th named storm to make landfall in the U.S. - a new record for the most in one year. It will be the 5th hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. - the most since 2005- and the 4th to hit Louisiana.
Heavy rainfall could lead to landslides, mudslides and flooding
Hurricane force winds
Downed trees, hindering rescue/recovery efforts
Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights
Power outages in homes and places of work
Mitigating Measures to Apply:
· Check with the supplier to ensure they are open and operating
Monitor local news and weather media for updates
Allow extra time for travel to and from supplier and airport
Avoid traveling through flooded areas
Keep extra bottled water in lodging
Keep electronics charged and maintain contact throughout the remainder of the trip
Confirm flight itinerary prior to departure to the airport
Heed any evacuation orders in your area
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Link for further info on the storm from the National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?start#contents
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