Delta makes landfall in LA, will bring tropical downpours to Georgia this weekend

Hurricane Delta made landfall just after 7 p.m. Eastern near Creole, Louisiana. It had weakened slightly to a Catagory 2 hurricane before it moved ashore, pushing storm surge ahead of it, pounding the area with high winds and drenching the state in rain.

As of Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern, Delta had sustained surface winds of 100 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend 40 miles from the eye and tropical-storm-force winds about 160 miles from the center.

Delta was located over Creole, Louisiana and was about 10 miles east of Cameron, Louisiana, and moving north-northeast at 14 mph.

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A Hurricane Warning is in effect for High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana with additional Tropical Storm Warnings and Storm Surge Warnings extending beyond that.

The biggest threats to the coast are storm surge, wind damage, fresh-water flooding, and tornadoes.

Delta is expected to hold as a hurricane until it moves into central Louisiana early Saturday morning. That’s when some of the bands of rain associated with the tropical system will start to move into Georgia.

The center should be over northeast Mississippi by early Sunday morning, weakening to a tropical depression.

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Still, a lot of tropical moisture will still be associated with the system through the weekend. Some of that moisture will make its way into Georgia, but the bands will come in waves and not a steady rain.

Oct. 8, 2020 (FOX 5 Storm Team)

There will be periods of heavy rain across north Georgia and some localized flooding is possible with between 1 and 3 inches of rain possible.

Oct. 8, 2020 (FOX 5 Storm Team)

The threat of severe weather such as a spin-up tornado or straight-line winds is minimal, but it could be gusty at times and the wind will shift over the weekend.

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Oct. 8, 2020 (FOX 5 Storm Team)

Once the rains move out this weekend, it will set up a nice work week.

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