A Whirl in the Gulf of Mexico

A Whirl in the Gulf of Mexico

Graham Leigh, Writer

 

Hurricane Delta is taunting Central America and the surrounding islands with its winds and floods. On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 Hurricane Delta hit Mexico hard with speeds of up to 110 miles per hour. Overnight the storm turned from a tropical storm to a  Cat 2 hurricane. In parts of Louisiana, the storm surge (waves during the storm) is supposed to be 4-6 feet high but in other parts, it could get close to 11 feet. As it comes around it is supposed to reach a category 3 and head inland where it will drop to a Tropical Storm but still is supposed to drop around 4-6 inches of rain.

In Cancun, Power was taken out and had winds overnight that reached 160 miles an hour while it turned through the Gulf of Mexico it gained power and moved up into a strong category 3. The heavy winds there would help the storm surge grow and move more inland. This hurricane is following the same path as hurricane Laura which hit earlier this year. It’s unheard of that two storms hit in the same place in the same decade let alone a couple of months. Just after clean up for Laura was coming onto the full force. Flood levels grew to 6.5 feet. Delta is the 4th named storm to reach landfall in Louisiana this year, this includes tropical storms. Also, a record set for the tenth storm to hit the US this year. While there look to be no current hurricanes hitting the US right now we don’t know what the future holds.