Hurricane Delta has escalated quickly into a Category 4 storm as forecasters warn it could strengthen even more.
The hurricane’s winds had increased to 130 mph just over 24 hours after it became the 25th tropical storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
As Delta has set a new speed record for strengthening from a depression to a Category 4 hurricane. Delta accomplished this in just over 36 hours, and surpassed Keith from 2000, which did so in 42 hours.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased by a whopping 70 mph — from 40 mph to 110 mph — in its first 24 hours as a named storm. Only Hurricane Wilma in 2005 exploded in a more significant fashion over that same 24-hour period.
And Delta became the first major hurricane to churn over the Atlantic basin during the month of October since Hurricane Michael in 2018.
Delta’s intensification is the most extreme in 15 years for an October hurricane.
Meteorologists have put the Gulf Coast of the United States on high alert for what could be a disastrous strike later this week by what they call a very dangerous hurricane.
U.S. officials were already urging Gulf Coast residents to be prepared ahead of the intense hurricane. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said early Tuesday that Louisianans should have a game plan now as Delta is the fourth storm of the season to threaten Louisiana.
Later, Gov. Edwards declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, as Delta is expected to make landfall in that state as a major hurricane of at least Category 3 strength.
Delta would then become the first-ever hurricane named after a Greek letter to strike the U.S., and the 10th storm of the season to make landfall in the continental U.S. — a new record.
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