The maximum sustained wind speed is 175 km/h.
The national hurricane center said Wednesday that hurricane Delta made landfall along the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The maximum sustained wind speed is 175 km/h.
The storm, which gained strength on Tuesday, has weakened somewhat over the past 18 hours, but remains powerful and dangerous. Forecasters say winds and storm surges are raging on the Yucatan Peninsula. Flash flooding is also likely in urban and rural areas.
Heavy rains caused by the storm continue in Cuba.
Forecasters predict that later on Wednesday, the “Delta” will strengthen as it moves into the warm, deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Computer models indicate that Delta will again become the storm of 4th category with wind speeds of 209 to 251 km/h.
Center for hurricanes suggests that the next day, Delta will turn to the North-West coast of the USA. Although the storm may weaken as it approaches the coast, it is expected to become significantly larger and is likely to bring dangerous conditions to areas from Western Louisiana to Florida.
If Delta maintains hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall, it will be the fourth hurricane in the region this year after hurricanes Hanna, Laura and Sally. This year, the region was also hit by the weaker tropical storms Marco and Beta.
Delta is the 25th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. This is the first time that the number of storms has reached 25 at such an early stage of the season.