Hurricane Delta Activation
The SATERN International 20 meter Phone Net for Hurricane Delta was activated Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Hurricane Delta made landfall in Mexico Wednesday as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm, coming ashore near Puerto Morelos along the northeastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula. It is later expected to arrive near the Louisiana Coast about 4 pm EDT on Friday, October 9.
Strengthening is forecast while the hurricane moves over the southern and central Gulf of Mexico and Delta is expected to become a major hurricane again.
I will be taking net control duties for the Hurricane Delta Activation net on Thursday, Oct. 8, 1900Z at 14.265 Mhz for one hour. SATERN will be monitoring for any outbound emergency traffic, health & welfare messages, including requests for assistance from areas affected. No traffic or messages will be sent into the affected areas, only out-going messages.
Life-threatening storm surge is expected near and east of where Delta makes landfall on Friday, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect from High Island, Texas, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Residents in the warning area should promptly follow advice given by local officials. The storm surge risk remains high despite the forecast decrease in intensity before landfall since Delta is expected to grow in size.
Hurricane-force winds are expected Friday afternoon and evening somewhere within the Hurricane Warning area between High Island, Texas, and Morgan City, Louisiana. Hurricane-force winds will also spread inland across portions of southern Louisiana near the path of Deltas center Friday evening and Friday night.
Significant flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding are likely in parts of Louisiana Friday and Saturday, with additional flooding in portions of the central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley.