419 AM CDT Fri Oct 9 2020
**CONFIDENCE IN IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE DELTA ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST LOUISIANA CONTINUE TO INCREASE** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * 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 ------------------ 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 ----------------- * 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 ---------------------------------- * 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 ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Shreveport LA around 10 AM CDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.