Hurricane Delta now cat 1 storm following landfall in Creole, Louisiana

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Delta officially made landfall around 6 p.m. Friday.

BEAUMONT, Texas — The 12News StormTrackers are closely watching the progress of Hurricane Delta as it moves inland Friday evening.

Hurricane Delta’s winds have slowed to 90 mph making it a category one storm about an hour after it officially made landfall in Creole, Louisiana according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is moving inland headed north-northeast at 14 mph according to the National Hurricane Center’s 7 p.m. update.

The Storm Surge Warning from High Island, Texas to Sabine Pass  and a Tropical Storm Warning west of San Luis Pass, Texas have both been discontinued.

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a flash flood warning for central Jefferson County and Orange County in Southeast Texas.

The Southeast Texas coast is under a hurricane warning extending from High Island to Sabine Pass as Hurricane Delta moves shore. 

The far eastern edges of Jefferson, Orange and Newton Counties remain in the cone of concern, with Southwest and central Louisiana in the bull’s-eye for Delta. 

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Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Beauregard Parish, Calcasieu Parish, most of Cameron Parish and all of Jefferson Davis Parish ahead of Delta just weeks after Laura ravaged parts of Louisiana. 

TIMING

Delta officially made landfall in Creole, Louisiana, around 6 p.m. according to the NHC. The storm started moving ashore around 5 p.m. Friday.

It’s expected to continue northward over land, and Chief Meteorologist Patrick Vaughn believes Southeast Texas will be done with Delta by late Friday night. 

STRENGTH

Hurricane Delta is currently a category two storm with maximum sustained winds at 100 mph. 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles. 

Delta is expected to rapidly weaken after the center moves inland. 

TRACK

At 6 p.m. Friday, Delta was moving north-northeast at 14 mph as it moves over Louisiana. 

It’s making landfall in Creole, Louisiana as a category two storm. It’s expected to continue in a northeastward motion over Louisiana Friday as it weakens. 

Hurricane Delta Track & Models

WATCHES & WARNINGS

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a flash flood warning for central Jefferson County and Orange County in Southeast Texas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Texas coast from High Island to Sabine Pass.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for High Island to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for west of High Island to Sargent, east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for east of the mouth of the Pearl River to Bay St. Louis Mississippi.

Tracking Hurricane Delta

Update from the National Hurricane Center:

At 700 PM CDT (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 30.0 North, longitude 93.0 West.  

Delta is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday morning.  

A motion toward the northeast is then expected through Sunday night.  

On the forecast track, the center of Delta should move across central and northeastern Louisiana tonight and Saturday morning.  After that time, the system is forecast to move across northern Mississippi into the Tennessee Valley.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. 

Rapid weakening is expected overnight and Saturday. 

Delta is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm tonight and to a tropical depression on Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km). The 

National Weather Service office at Lake Charles reported sustained winds of 64 mph (103 km/h) with gusts to 95 mph (153 km/h) at the airport.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 971 mb (28.67 inches). 

Be prepared if a storm comes our way

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Make a home inventory
  • Have a current copy of your declarations page that has your policy number and your agent’s number
  • Review your policy with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate coverage
  • Repair loose boards, shingles, shutters and downspouts to prevent them from becoming an issue in high winds or torrential rain
  • Have an evacuation plan, and include plans for your pets
  • Make sure your emergency equipment is in working order, including a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries. Also, make sure to gather all medicine, replenish your first-aid kit and stock a week’s worth of non-perishable food and water
  • Charge your cell phone and fill your car with gas
  • Program all emergency phone numbers

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DURING THE STORM

  • If you are advised to evacuate, leave as soon as possible. Retain all related receipts – they may be considered in your claim. If you aren’t in a recommended evacuation and you plant to stay home, stay informed by listening to weather alerts
  • Keep windows and doors closed at all time, and, if possible, board them up with wooden or metal shutters
  • Stay away from the windows and in the center of the room, or, stay in an interior room
  • Avoid flood water, as it may be electrically charged from downed power lines
  • Check on family members and friends

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AFTER THE STORM

  • Check to be sure your family members are safe
  • If you did evacuate, wait for official notice that it is safe to re-enter your neighborhood and your house
  • Document damaged property, and take photos and videos. Don’t dispose of any damaged items without approval
  • Keep a record of any temporary repairs or expenses to prevent further damage to your property.

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