UPDATE: Hurricane Delta

NOAA AND AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT
INVESTIGATING DELTA…

HURRICANE CONDITIONS AND LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE EXPECTED TO BEGIN ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON FRIDAY…

SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…23.7N 92.3W
ABOUT 425 MI…685 KM S OF CAMERON LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…100 MPH…155 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…970 MB…28.64 INCHES
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At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Delta was located by NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 23.7 North, longitude 92.3 West. Delta is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a reduction in forward speed is expected today. A turn to the north is forecast to occur by late tonight, followed by a north-northeastward motion by Friday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta will move over the central Gulf of Mexico today,
and move inland within the hurricane warning area Friday afternoon or Friday night.
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What does this mean for Natchitoches Parish:
According to NWS Shreveport, confidence is building in Hurricane Delta’s track.

A tropical storm and flash flood watch in effect for Natchitoches, Sabine, Grant, Winn, LaSalle and Caldwell Parishes.

Jackson, Lincoln, Union and Quachita Parishes are also listed in the flash flood watch. Hurricane Delta is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane at landfall on Friday evening. 4-8 inches of heavy rainfall will be possible in the ArkLaMiss and central Louisiana late Thursday into Saturday. Localized amounts up to 10″ inches are possible in Grant and LaSalle Parishes.

2-4 inches of rainfall can be expected for northwest Louisiana, Deep East Texas and southwestern Arkansas with isolated heavier amounts possible.
A more westward track would increase rainfall amounts and the potential for flash flooding.

The strongest winds will move across central Louisiana and ArkLaMiss Friday night into early Saturday morning with the system quickly moving out of the area.

Winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph will lead to the possibility of uprooted trees and power outages by Saturday morning.
If the track shifts further west, downed trees and power outages will be a concern.

You still have time to prepare before the system arrives in our area.
Be prepared, have a game plan with a flashlight, batteries, food, water, important documents, medicine and other essential items readily available if needed.

Fuel your vehicles in case of power outages.

If you use a generator, do not use it indoors. Leave it in an open exterior area to prevent carbon monoxide positioning which can be deadly.

NATCOM Emergency Operations Center will be operational on Friday evening.

We ask that you not travel during hazardous weather conditions, be safe and patient.

If an emergency occurs contact 911, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office non-emergencies 352-6432, or Natchitoches Police at 352-8101.