Gov. Edwards to hold Tuesday afternoon news conference on Hurricane Delta
BATON ROUGE — Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Delta's potential impacts. You can read the full announcement here.
The governor and his team are monitoring the storm as the Category 4 hurricane increases its intensity and careens along a possible trajectory toward Louisiana.
In an effort to keep the public informed, Governor Edwards will address the public Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
WBRZ will air the news conference on WBRZ + in addition to livestreaming it on WBRZ's Facebook Page.
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According to the National Hurricane Center, as of Tuesday morning Delta is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum winds of 130 mph.
1120 AM EDT UPDATE: NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft report that Hurricane #Delta has rapidly strengthened into a dangerous category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. More info: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/3vxNAOAN0l— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 6, 2020
Meteorologists say the system will bring extremely dangerous hurricane conditions to the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula beginning early Wednesday.
After impacting the Yucatan Peninsula, Delta is expected to weaken and approach the northern Gulf Coast later this week, possibly bringing dangerous storm surge, wind, and rainfall along the coast from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle beginning Thursday or Friday night.
That said, weather experts agree Delta's exact track and future intensity remain uncertain. So, the storm system's path is subject to change and meteorologists are watching it closely.
On Monday, Governor Edwards essentially warned residents to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
In a public statement issued via email Monday afternoon, the Governor said: “It’s unfortunate to have another system threaten Louisiana’s coastal parishes, but it is a situation we are prepared to handle. It is common for many people to experience hurricane fatigue during a busy season, but we need everyone to take this threat seriously. That starts with staying weather aware and watching for updates from the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service office for your region and your local media. While we hope the forecast improves, we must prepare for the threat on hand.”
To keep up with the latest on Hurricane Delta's movements expected track, refer to WBRZ's Hurricane Center, which is available here.
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