Hurricane Delta made landfall in Cameron Parish, Louisiana on Friday evening. The storm was historic for a number of reasons, from its late-season development to its rapid growth into a Category 4 storm over the Caribbean. After its first landfall over the Yucatan Peninsula, the storm made a northward turn into the Gulf of Mexico and weakened to a Category 2 storm.
When the storm reached the US, it brough along with it a massive storm surge and dangerous flooding conditions. The storm has directly led to the deaths of at least 4 people, some of whom died in accidents related to portable generators. As the state looks to rebuild, many are looking ahead. A month-and-a-half of hurricane season remains, and 2020 has already been a record-setting year for Atlantic storms.
Hurricane Delta Impact
The massive impact of Hurricane Delta would have been serious in any year. However, hitting on the heels of Hurricane Laura in August, and during a pandemic, has made the situation even more intense for the people of Louisiana. Along the Gulf Coast, people from Texas to Mississippi are without power due to the storm’s arrival.
This has led to further complications. At least two in Louisiana have died due to accidents while operating portable generators. This is an opportunity to remind everyone the importance of the safe operation of gas-powered generators. They should be operated only outdoors, on flat, dry surfaces, far from all doors and windows into your home.
Currently there are no major storm systems being tracked in the Atlantic Basin. However, the hurricane season lasts through the end of November, so this could change quickly. As Delta showed, it doesn’t take long to go from a disturbance to a tropical storm. From there, it doesn’t take much time to become a hurricane. This means that interests in the Caribbean and along the East and Gulf Coasts of the US should be keeping their eyes on the weather report.
The next storm in this season would be given a name from the backup list of names the NOAA uses for storms past the twenty-second named storm of each season. Such names are Greek letters, like the aforementioned Hurricane Delta. The next name on the list is Epsilon.
Due to the destructive power of Delta, it is possible that the name could be ceremonially “retired” along with other names that will be taken out of the NOAA’s rotation at the end of this season. However, the name Delta could still be used later, though with the year of its occurrence attached.