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Hurricane Delta: 11 a.m. update

Posted at 11:32 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 13:28:36-04

Here's the 11 a.m. update for Hurricane Delta.

Meteorologist Daniel Phillips says Delta has started that eastward turn that had been forecast. After landfall, tropical storm winds can be expected as far east as Baton Rouge. The higher winds will be in Jeff Davis and Acadia parishes, as the storm makes landfall at about 6 p.m.

The storm could be making landfall as a high Cat 2 or low Cat 3, but as the storm currently is a Cat 3 it already is creating Cat 3-level storm surge. It may be a Cat 3 just before landfall and come ashore as a 2, or come ashore as a 3.

Laura is a "big, sloppy storm" as it comes ashore. Some effects already are being felt, and it will quickly go downhill as the day proceeds.

Wind gusts are already at 30 in Lafayette and 40 in Vermilion, but those winds are just getting started.

Also in this update are reports from Travis Guillory, who is in Delcambre; Abby Breidenbach in Morgan City, and Briana Aldridge in Breaux Bridge.

The scientists at the Lake Charles office of the National Weather Service posted this hour-long explainer/Q&A session about the storm, if you'd like to watch it: