Hurricane Delta strengthens to major Category 4 Hurricane

Hurricane Delta strengthens to major Category 4 Hurricane”

Government advises that cloudy, rainy conditions along with intermittent thunder storms are to be expected. Delta is moving much faster, with the latest report showing Delta has increased forward speed to 16 miles per hour, while Sally was barely moving at 2 miles per hour before it made landfall.

From Tulum to Cancun, tourism-dependent communities still soaked by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma could bear the brunt of the storm.

Prior to hitting the U.S., Delta will bring torrential rain, damaging winds and battering seas to the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula from Tuesday night through Wednesday.

Delta became a Tropical Storm Monday and is forecast to become a hurricane before moving near Cuba late Tuesday.

If Delta makes landfall in the USA, it would be the tenth named storm to make landfall in one season, which has never happened before in recorded history. It could become a category 2 storm with winds of up to 105 miles per hour by early Thursday, the NHC said.

Data from a U.S. Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane indicate that Delta will continue to strengthen as its forward speed increases, the Hurricane Center said.

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The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 mb (28.85 inches).

Despite the prediction of slightly weaker winds for its Gulf Coast landfall, the National Hurricane Center warned that the big and powerful storm will bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane winds, as well as up to a foot of rain in some spots.

Through mid-week, Delta is expected to produce 100-150 mm of rain with isolated maximum totals of 250 mm across portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula.

Gulf of Mexico oil and gas producers Chevron Corp, BP PLC, BHP Group and Occidental Petroleum have begun removing staff and securing offshore facilities.

By Tuesday Delta could be a hurricane off the northwest coast of Cuba and a hurricane warning has been issued for Western Cuba. This rainfall may result in areas of significant flash flooding.

At the Moon Palace resort just south of Cancun, hundreds of guests from Moon Palace hotels on Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and beachfront rooms were being moved into a hurricane shelter at the resort's large exposition centre.

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