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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Hurricane could hit US Gulf Coast later this week (with forecast video)

A tropical storm in the Caribbean could become the next hurricane in a day or two, eyeing the northern Gulf Coast later in the week.

SONAR Critical Events and satellite: Tropical Depression 26, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, 8 a.m. EDT

As of early Monday, Tropical Storm Delta, which was only a tropical depression when the video below was recorded, is about 130 miles south of Negril, Jamaica. It’s producing sustained winds of only 40 mph.

Delta will hit the Cayman Islands, where the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a tropical storm warning, Monday night.

By late Tuesday or early Wednesday, Delta could intensify into a Category 1 hurricane as it clips western Cuba, where the NHC also has issued a tropical storm warning.

Based on the latest NHC forecast, Delta will then head to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, possibly gaining more steam and turning into a Category 2 storm for a period of time. However, it will probably weaken back to Category 1 by landfall.

Delta’s intensity will depend on how much wind shear it has to fight off. Right now, wind shear looks to be fairly weak, making intensification likely.

Unfortunately, potential Hurricane Delta could make a direct hit in southern Louisiana Friday, with additional wind damage and flooding in places recovering from Hurricane Laura.

Carriers and shippers should prepare for possible shut downs of roads and ports. Oil facilities as and off-shore oil rigs may have to close temporarily, too.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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