The National Hurricane Center and national Weather Service issued Hurricane Warnings for all of Acadiana in anticipation of hurricane conditions arriving within 36-48 hours.
Hurricane Delta appears to be slowly strengthening with the storm expected regain major hurricane status with 115-120 mph winds is the system advances northwestward into the Western Gulf with eventually northerly turn in roughly 36 hours then north-northeastward as the storm makes landfall on the Acadiana Coast late Friday afternoon into Friday evening.
The storm is expected to bring the threat of damaging wind gusts up to 100 mph to areas anywhere in Acadiana, but especially between Lake Charles to Lafayette which will likely not only result in damage, but produce widespread power outages.
Delta is expected to become a larger hurricane with a more expansive wind filed when it arrives to Louisiana.
And along the coast, a devastating storm surge of up to 7-11 feet is anticipated.
Rainfall of 4-8" can be expected area-wide with isolated amounts up to 10-12" but fortunately the storm will be moving at a quick pace limiting some flooding potential...however for folks with blue tarps on their roofs in Southwest Louisiana that is of little consolation with the driving winds we'll have in the area.
The worst of Delta will move quickly in and out in roughly a 6-8 hour period from the latter part of Friday afternoon with conditions improving within a few hours of midnight.
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