We are currently tracking Hurricane Delta, a category 2 hurricane, as it makes its way northward in the Gulf of Mexico towards the Louisiana coastline. Portions of eastern Texas and most of Louisiana are seeing impacts from the storm currently, as rainfall totals are expected to be between 6-10 inches. Delta is expected to make landfall later today along the southwestern Louisiana coastline, in the same area that was devastated (and is still recovering) from Hurricane Laura 6 weeks ago. As of 2pm CDT, Delta is located 65 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana, moving northeast at 14mph. Concerns with this system include high storm surge, flash flooding, locally isolated rainfall amounts greater than 12 inches, and sustained hurricane-force winds greater than 74mph.
Today: Here in the Midwest, we remain under the influence of a high pressure system, so it will remain dry. It will feel like summer in Central Indiana today, with temperatures in the mid 80s. While it's not unusual to reach the 80s in October, this is 15 degrees above average. It will be sunny and breezy, with south winds gusting up to 25 mph at times. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful, summer-like weather.
Tonight: It will be a mild October night, with lows only dropping down around 60 with just a few scattered clouds. Breezy conditions will still be in play, with winds coming out of the southwest up to 25 mph at times.
Tomorrow: We start out mild tomorrow with temperatures in the 60s. Dry, summer-like conditions will persist, with temperatures warming near 80. Skies will be partly cloudy with winds coming out of the southwest. Winds won't be as gusty, but we could still see some gusts of up to 20mph.
7-day: Above-average temperatures are on tap for the next few days, before temperatures fall into the upper 60s next week. Our next rain chances come on Sunday, from what will be the remnants of Hurricane Delta. Expect to see rain showers on Sunday afternoon and evening from this system. After the remnants of Delta depart, our next chances will be late Monday evening, from a low pressure system that advances down from Illinois and Wisconsin. After rain chances on both Sunday and Monday, we will remain dry for the rest of the extended forecast.
-Weather Forecaster Maddi Johnson
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