Delta at category 2, 115 miles SSW of Cayman, expect TS winds & rain
Cayman continues to be under Tropical Storm Warning as Hurricane Delta grows in intensity, with 110 mph maximum sustained winds and strengthening to a category 2 hurricane overnight.
At the time of the 8am (7am Cayman time) NHC update, the center of Hurricane Delta was located by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 17.8 North, longitude 82.0 West. Delta is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A faster northwestward motion is expected to begin later today through Wednesday night.
On the forecast track, the center of Delta is expected to continue to pass southwest of the Cayman Islands this morning.
According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm force winds are expected this morning from 6am and then mid-morning and should fall below tropical storm force winds by afternoon. Cloudy, rainy conditions with intermittent thunderstorms are expected throughout the day.
Showers will be heavy at times, leading to flooding in low-lying areas. Residents of Savannah Gully and surrounding areas should exercise caution due to potential flooding and avoid driving if possible.
Rough seas are expected. Due to high wave activity expected, the public are advised to avoid the shoreline, including beaches and to stay out of the water for the next 48 hours until the storm has passed.
John Gray High School Shelter is open. It is pet (cats and dogs) friendly, but animals must be in a crate.
The Red Cross Shelter at Huldah Avenue (near the Farmers Market) also continue to operate.
If you are in a coastal or low lying area, and need shelter, make sure you go before the weather deteriorates.
Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Delta is expected to be a major hurricane when it moves over the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday and over the Gulf of Mexico through Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km). The estimated minimum central pressure from NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft data is 962 mb (28.41 inches).
#Delta has continued to rapidly intensify overnight and is now at category-2 strength. Here are the Key Messages for this #hurricane on this early Tuesday morning. The latest NHC forecast is at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/MUal1JCwHZ— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 6, 2020