Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 500 PM EDT, the center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 22.1 North, longitude 89.5 West. Delta is about 55 miles north-northeast Progreso Mexico and about 580 miles south-southeast of Cameron Louisiana.
Delta is moving toward the northwest near 17 mph. A northwestward motion with a reduction in forward speed is expected through early Thursday. A north-northwestward motion is expected by late Thursday, and a faster northward to north-northeastward motion is forecast on Friday and Friday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta will move over the southern and central Gulf of Mexico through Thursday, and approach the northern Gulf coast within the hurricane watch area on Friday. Delta is forecast to move inland within the hurricane watch area by late Friday or Friday night.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Re-strengthening is forecast when the hurricane moves over the southern and central Gulf of Mexico through Thursday, and Delta is expected to become a major hurricane again. Some weakening is is forecast as Delta approaches the northern Gulf coast on Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).
The latest minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft data is 977 mb (28.85 inches).
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for High Island Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana
Data and graphic credit: National Hurricane Center