10 important facts about hurricane Delta

After interesting photo and video material in relation to Hurricane Delta /https://mkweather.com/2020/10/12/purple-sky-after-hurricane-delta/; https://mkweather.com/2020/10/12/hurricane-delta-drone-footages// let´s see to 10 important facts about the second strongest hurricane of 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

1. Rapid intensification

Extremely rapid intensification on 5.-6. October, when Delta becoming a Category 4 hurricane within 28 hours from tropical storm status was the fastest hurricane intensification in the Atlantic basin since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. 

2. Maximum rainfall

17.02 inches (446,3 mm) of rain during the transition of hurricane Delta in Iowa, Louisiana.

3. Maximum wind gust over land

101 mph (162,5 km/h) in Texas Point, Texas. Hurricane Category 2 – force winds. Next reached values: Lake Arthur, LA: 96 mph Lake Charles, LA: 95 mph Port Arthur, TX: 90 mph Jennings, LA: 89 mph Calcasieu Pass, LA: 89 mph Acadiana, LA: 86 mph.

4. Maximum sustained winds

145 mph (230 km/h) before the entry of hurricane Delta over Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico over warm waters of southern Gulf Coast.

5. Highest storm surge

10.41´ (3.17 m) in Freshwater Canal Locks, Louisiana. Severe floods in coastal areas hit by hurricane Laura in August 2020, such as Lake Charles, too.

6. Minimum pressure in the center of the system

953 hPa, when Delta upgraded to Category 4 status. During the next hours, sustained winds peaked at 145 mph (230 km/h).

7. Order in 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

The twenty-sixth tropical cyclone, twenty-fifth named storm, ninth hurricane, and third major hurricane of the extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

8. Days of occurrence

5.-12. October 2020 (remnants after 10. October).

9. Fatalities

2 direct, 4 indirect..

10. Estimated losses

Insured losses from Delta are estimated to be about $2bn, while Laura’s losses were estimated at about $10bn.

Illustration photo: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/first-death-reported-after-hurricane-delta-slams-louisiana-n1242890
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