The US Gulf Coast is bracing for Hurricane Delta, which is moving toward southwestern Louisiana as a Category 3 storm that is expected to make landfall Friday, according to reports.
The hurricane is about 250 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph – and could slowly weaken as it approaches the northern Gulf, the National Hurricane Center said.
It is expected to create a “life-threatening” storm surge when it arrives Friday afternoon or evening, forecasters said.
“I know people in Louisiana, especially the southwest, are very strong and very resilient, but they are going to be tested here,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday evening.
Current models show Delta making landfall between Lake Charles and Lafayette, driving a 4- to 11-foot storm surge up Vermilion Bay on the coast. It also could spawn tornadoes as it moves over land and drop up to 10 inches of rain, according to Reuters.
About 8,000 displaced residents