HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Hurricane Delta officially made its first landfall early this morning at 5:30 CDT off of the northeastern coast of Mexico near Puerto Morelos with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, a category two hurricane.
Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds will continue within portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico into early afternoon. Heavy rainfall, which could lead to significant flash flooding, will affect the northern Yucatan Peninsula through early Thursday.
Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where there is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds beginning Friday, particularly for portions of the Louisiana coast. Storm surge and hurricane watches are in effect, and residents in these areas should follow advice given by local officials.
Flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding is likely Friday through Saturday from portions of the central Gulf Coast northward into portions of the Lower to Middle Mississippi Valley. As Delta moves farther inland, additional heavy rainfall is expected in the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic this weekend as Hurricane Delta approaches the coastline of Louisiana for its second landfall on Friday.
As for us here in the Tennessee Valley, our impacts will come on Saturday and Sunday in the way of rainfall and gusty winds. Locally heavy rainfall is expected and could lead to flash flooding issues across the Valley, especially in rural areas and areas along the Tennessee River.