Hurricane Delta intensified yesterday October 6th as it moved across Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula towards the Gulf of Mexico. The 25th named Atlantic storm this year was expected to take aim at the US Gulf Coast this week as a major hurricane, possibly category 4, the National Hurricane Centre said on Monday.
Delta was expected to drop heavy rains on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula before heading up the Gulf of Mexico, then making landfall between Louisiana and Florida.
If Delta hits the coast, it would be the 10th named storm this year to make landfall in the US, the most in living memory.
Warm water and a lack of wind shear looked likely to enable the storm to intensify into a category 3 hurricane, by late Wednesday or early Thursday, meteorologists said.
Offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas producers BP, BHP and Occidental Petroleum have begun removing staff and securing offshore facilities.