BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Data from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft shows Delta has become the ninth hurricane of the season. The system is about 150 miles SSW of Negril, Jamaica and moving WNW at 8 mph. The latest forecast guidance shows this system entering the Gulf by Thursday and turning north towards the coast of Louisiana, making a landfall near Morgan City on Friday.
THE GULF COAST: If you have travel interest along the Alabama and northwest Florida Gulf Coast, stay weather alert just in case this track changes. With the last two hurricanes, we saw big west and east shifts in the forecast track as better data arrived. I still think we will see coastal impacts with dangerous surf, lots of rain, tropical storm force winds gusts, and a risk for isolated spin-up tornadoes, especially further west. The primary impacts along the Gulf Coast will be between Thursday and Saturday evening.
INLAND IMPACTS: Our weather will remain very tranquil through Wednesday, with highs near 80º and lows in the 50s and 60s. Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week, with highs nearing 85º. Clouds associated with Delta will start to impact the area on Wednesday but the wet weather will arrive on Thursday. We will have a chance of showers on Thursday, with the possibility of steadier rain south of I-20 Thursday evening. Once Delta moves inland on Friday, the system will turn towards northern Mississippi, which places us on the wetter side of Delta. This will mean a good possibility of cloudy, rainy, and windy conditions, especially west of I-65. The primary timing for this will be Friday night and into the day on Saturday. The one good thing is this will be a fast-moving tropical system with rapid improvements from west to east by Saturday evening.
We will be passing along frequent updates on the First Alert Weather app.