At a Glance
Tropical Storm Delta is tracking through the Caribbean.
Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba will be the first areas impacted by this system.
Delta could be a hurricane threat to the U.S. Gulf Coast late in the week.
Interests from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system closely.
Strong winds and heavy rain will be possible across portions of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands during the next few days.
A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the southern coast of western Cuba and on the Isle of Youth.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Cayman Islands where tropical storm conditions are expected beginning late Monday.
A hurricane watch is in effect for the Isle of Youth and the Cuba provinces of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa in western Cuba, where hurricane conditions are possible by Tuesday afternoon. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Cuban province of La Habana.
U.S. Gulf Coast
It’s too early to determine specific forecast impacts from Delta on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
As mentioned earlier, Delta could be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast late in the week.
A dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall could threaten a part of the northern Gulf Coast. Those potential impacts are most likely to occur somewhere from Louisiana into the Florida Panhandle.
Residents along the northern Gulf Coast should update themselves on the forecast multiple times a day this week since forecast changes are likely.