Hurricane Delta, now a major hurricane, threatens Gulf Coast

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— After intensifying from a Category 1 storm to a Category 4 storm in less than 24 hours, Hurricane Delta is expected to hit Cancún on Wednesday.

WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the Cat. 3 storm could strengthen again and have devastating impacts on the Gulf Coast before it brings rain to North Carolina this weekend.

Warm water temperatures and rapid intensification helped the storm strengthen very quickly on Tuesday, according to Gardner.

The center of the storm is expected to make landfall near Cancún on Wednesday. Dangerous hurricane conditions are expected for the Yucatan Peninsula, where at least 4 to 6 inches of rain could fall, possibly more.


Delta is expected to weaken when it makes landfall near Louisiana on Friday night.

Hurricane Delta path

According to the National Hurricane Center, while it’s too early to know the exact impacts, there is a risk of dangerous storm surge, wind, and rainfall hazards along the coast from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.

Gardner said remnants from the storm would then move to the northeast, possibly bringing rain to North Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.

Hurricane Delta

Currently, it looks like the heaviest rain will fall in the western portion of the state, while the Triangle could get between 0.5 to 2 inches of rain.

For now, the only local impact expected from Delta is rain.

Delta will be the record 10th storm to make landfall in the U.S. this season. It is the ninth hurricane and the 25th named storm of the season.