Heavy rain bands and tropical-storm-force winds lashed the Gulf Coast on Friday as Hurricane Delta, chugging along at 14 mph, made its final approach. Delta’s impacts along the Gulf Coast grew more prominent from daybreak on, and were visible on weather radar, as the hurricane crept ever closer to landfall along the storm-battered Gulf Coast.
AccuWeather forecasters said that by mid-day, about two-thirds of Delta’s rainfall had already come ashore, but a “big eyewall blast” of rain still loomed for the coastline.
By late Friday afternoon, Delta was churning about 35 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana, the town where Hurricane Laura made a devastating landfall in late August. Delta’s peak winds had decreased to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 storm, and down from 120 mph (Category 3) earlier in the morning.