Hurricane Delta Local Statement From National Weather Center

419 AM CDT Fri Oct 9 2020
**CONFIDENCE IN IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE DELTA ACROSS CENTRAL AND
NORTHEAST LOUISIANA CONTINUE TO INCREASE**


NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Sabine

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Caldwell, Grant,
      Jackson, La Salle, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Sabine, Sabine, and
      Winn

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 340 miles south of Natchitoches LA or about 400 miles
      south-southwest of Monroe LA
    - 26.9N 93.7W
    - Storm Intensity 120 mph
    - Movement North or 350 degrees at 12 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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At 400 AM CDT, the center of Hurricane Delta was located about
200 miles south of Cameron, LA. Delta is moving toward the north near
12 mph, followed by a north-northeastward motion tonight. On the
forecast track, the center of Delta will move over the northwestern
Gulf of Mexico on today, and then make landfall along the Southwest
Louisiana coast this evening.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph with higher
gusts. Delta is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane
Wind Scale. Weakening is expected to begin as Delta approaches the
northern Gulf coast today, with rapid weakening expected after the
center moves inland.

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

Delta should weaken further as it moves inland this evening and should
weaken to a tropical storm as it moves across central Louisiana and
the ArkLaMiss tonight and early Saturday morning.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
across West Central and Northeast Louisiana as well as extreme Deep
East Texas. Potential impacts in this area include:

    - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
      fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from downed trees and large branches.
    - Scattered power and communications outages.

Also, prepare for sporadic wind damage with tree limbs down across
Deep East Texas, Northwest Louisiana, and South Central Arkansas.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
extensive impacts across West Central and Northeast Louisiana as well
as South Central Arkansas. Potential impacts include:

    - Flooding may prompt water rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, bayous, and
      ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across Deep East Texas, Northwest Louisiana, and
southwestern Arkansas.

Elsewhere across the ArkLaTex, little to no impact is anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and
property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a
safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles
can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
ventilated area.

It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an
emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county or parish in which
it resides. Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay
attention for instructions from local authorities.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don`t drown!

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, or on a boat, consider moving to a safer
shelter before the onset of strong winds or flooding.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Shreveport LA around 10 AM CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

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