Hurricane Delta starts to weaken as it moves inland over southwest Louisiana

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Delta’s winds continue to decrease although it’s still a Category 1 storm. Delta made landfall at 6 p.m. Friday in Cameron Parish, Louisiana as a Category 2 storm.

NEW ORLEANS —

Hurricane Delta

9 p.m. Delta update: 

Hurricane Delta’s winds continue to gradually weaken as its center continues north over southwest Louisiana. It is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

Delta made landfall around 6 p.m. Friday near Creole, Louisiana in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. It was a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph.

While the northern eyewall brought heavy rain to southwest Louisiana, dry air has caused a striking decrease in rain on the southern side of the storm – in fact, almost no rain is showing up on radar.

The storm is expected to continue moving northward across Louisiana on Friday night and early Saturday as a trough of low pressure moving in from Texas pulls the storm north. 

A few rain bands will move across southeast Louisiana, and some of them could have tornadoes through Friday night.

Impacts for southeast Louisiana will continue through Friday night but should improve as early as Saturday morning. 

Here are the impacts expected for the Louisiana coast:

STORM SURGE

The entire area is under a storm surge warning. Surge will likely peak late overnight and gradually improve starting Saturday. 

Morgan City to Port Fourchon, Louisiana including Vermilion Bay…4-7 feet.

Port Fourchon to mouth of Mississippi River…2-4 feet.

Mouth of the Mississippi River to mouth of Pearl River…2-4 feet.

Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas…1-3 feet.

Mississippi coast…1-3 feet.

Tropical storm force winds will be possible across southeast Louisiana through Friday night.

Here are a few peak wind gusts around our area with Delta as of 6:15 p.m. Friday. Most of these were recorded between 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Friday.

52 mph Dulac
46 mph Reserve
45 mph Gonzales
44 mph Causeway
44 mph Bayou Gauche
44 mph Houma
42 mph Mandeville
41 mph Gramercy
41 mph Thibodaux
40 mph LaPlace
37 mph New Orleans
36 mph Slidell
35 mph Belle Chasse

  • Heavy rain will fall closer to the center and that’s where the highest amounts will be. Totals for the New Orleans area will be around 1 inch.
  • Bayou/river parishes could get around 1 inch of rainfall.
  • Northshore could get 1-3 inches.
  • South Mississippi might see the lowest totals of less than 1 inch.

Delta will move farther inland on Saturday and our weather will start to improve early in the day as the rain comes to an end.

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Right now there are no other areas that look likely to develop soon in the Atlantic basin.

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