Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Oct 7, 2020
  • National hurricane center in Miami said Delta reached land near Puerto Morelos around 5: 30 a.m local time, with winds of 110 mph.
  • Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaqun warned that Delta had weakened a little late Tuesday, but said the area had not seen a similar storm since hurricane Wilma in 2005.
  • Delta had increased in strength by 80 mph in just 24 hours, and its top winds peaked at 145 mph before it weakened as it neared the shore Forecasters warned it was still an extremely dangerous storm

The hurricane has taken shelter near the shore, with a beach close to shore nearby. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that satellite imagery and radar data from Cuba, as well as surface observations in Mexico, indicate that Delta reached Land near Puerto Morelos around 5:30 a.m. local time, with winds of 110 mph. Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaqun warned residents and tourists that “it is a strong, powerful hurricane”. He considered it a good sign that Delta had weakened a little late Tuesday, but said the area had not seen a similar storm since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Delta had increased in strength by 80 mph in just 24 hours. And its top winds peaked at 145 mph before it weakened as it neared the shore. Forecasters warned it was still an extremely dangerous storm nonetheless. It could raise water levels from 9 to 13 feet, along with large and dangerous waves and flash flooding inland. Although top winds weakened slightly over land, Delta was expected to carve a path of destruction across the peninsula. It moved into the Gulf of Mexico later in the day. Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 30 miles from the center of the hurricane, and tropical storm-force winds reached 140 miles (220 kilometers) from the center of the storm. Delta was forecast to spend several hours lashing the Yucatan Peninsula before moving into the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, Delta is likely to grow into a “considerably larger” storm before striking the U.S. Gulf coast. The hurricane center advised people in Louisiana or Mississippi to prepare now for hurricane-force winds to begin hitting their coastlines on Friday. The governor said Delta was expected to make landfall there Friday night or Saturday morning.

Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which ravaged the southern part of Louisiana, in August. The President said Tuesday that 5,000 federal troops and emergency personnel were being made available in Quintana Roo to aid in storm efforts. The hurricane brings the Yucatan into chaos.

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