Tropical Depression Delta – Update #1 – 10/5/2020
University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Depression Delta, and much remains unknown about the storm’s path. Here’s what we know today:
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Cayman Islands today, and a tropical storm warning in in effect. Dangerous storm surge and hurricane conditions are expected in portions of western Cuba by Tuesday afternoon, and a hurricane warning is in effect.
Heavy rainfall will affect portions of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba during the next few days, which could lead to significant flash flooding and mudslides.
Delta is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast as Category 2 Hurricane later in the week. While there is uncertainty in the track and intensity forecast, there is an increasing risk of dangerous storm surge, wind and rainfall hazards along the coast from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.
Tropical Storm Gamma, meanwhile, does not pose a threat to Florida; however, it could be absorbed into Delta.
UF units with operations in Florida’s Panhandle should review plans, be ready to implement them if watches or warnings are issued, and should closely monitor forecasts and follow guidance from local officials.
No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.
For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center