Category 2 Hurricane Delta has strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to unleash a dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and major flooding when it reaches the US late Friday – with eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi in its sights, according to reports.
The storm was located about 400 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and moving at nearly 15 mph as of early Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.
A hurricane warning extended across the Texas-Louisiana border to Morgan City, Louisiana, with Delta expected to bring heavy rains, strong winds and a 4- to 7-foot storm surge to coastal areas, according to the NHC.
A hurricane watch also has been issued for an area from High Island, Texas, to Grand Isle, Louisiana, it said.
Residents along Louisiana’s coast and those living outside the protective levee system have been urged to evacuate.
“We have today to prepare ourselves and our