Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southwest Louisiana Friday evening, very close to where Hurricane Laura made landfall six weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge.
“Warning and watches across much of the state are out right now,” said Benjamin Schott, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “So those are to be followed with whatever precautions you want to take to protect yourself and your family over the next 24 hours or so.”
Wind gusts exceeding 110 MPH are expected in areas from Lake Charles into the Lafayette area and, up to Alexandria. Life-threatening storm surges are also a possibility from Morgan City to Vermilion Bay.
“If you’re in Southwest Louisiana, you’re probably in some form of a Hurricane warning. If you’re in Southeast Louisiana, you’re probably in some form of a Tropical Storm warning,” Schott said.
The Hurricane is projected to move faster than Hurricane Laura, and should exit the state by Saturday morning.