Hurricane Delta Continues To Strengthen

Miami, Fl.(Florida News Network)At 1100 PM EDT, the center of Hurricane Delta was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 80.3 West. Delta is about 170 miles southwest of Negril Jamaica, about 180 miles south-southeast of Grand Cayman.

Delta is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph. A faster northwestward motion is expected Tuesday through Wednesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta is expected to pass southwest of the Cayman Islands early Tuesday, and approach the northeastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula and the Yucatan Channel Tuesday night. Delta is forecast to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday, and be over the south-central Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday and Thursday.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph with higher gusts. Additional rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Delta is expected to be a major hurricane when it nears the Yucatan Peninsula.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 mb (28.85 inches).

Data and graphic credit: National Hurricane Center