Hurricane Delta to make landfall Friday, bringing deadly storm surge, heavy wind

Thursday sunrise weather forecast

Thursday sunrise weather forecast

It still has today to strengthen as it moves over warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Heavy rainfall is also expected to thrash the Gulf Coast Friday, with between six and 10 inches of rain forecasted to come with the storm, the National Weather Service Prediction Center said. Delta has strengthened overnight into a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 miles per hour. Experts believe the storm will make landfall in Louisiana on Friday.

"As Hurricane Delta continues making its way toward the Gulf Coast, projections have become evident and remained fairly consistent in that Southwest Louisiana looks to be in the direct path of this storm".

Residents were earlier warned that Hurricane Delta is expected to bring "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to northeastern portions of the Yucatan peninsula".

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Louisiana closed almost half of the state's coast flood control gates by Thursday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Delta, Governor John Bel Edwards told a news conference.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has placed numerous resources on standby across the state in anticipation of potentially severe weather caused by Hurricane Delta, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Edwards urged South Louisiana residents to monitor the weather in the coming days and heed the advice and directions of their local officials.

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Hurricane Delta is the 25th named storm of the Atlantic's unprecedented hurricane season.

However, if Delta increases on Thursday at its current, rapid rate, it could gain enough strength to slam the coast as a borderline major hurricane, said AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

"All that debris could become missiles in really strong wind", said Edwards, who also anxious about the "sheer anxiety" the storm could cause already traumatised residents.

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