Hurricane Delta to impact area

Published 2:52 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Local meteorologist Spinks Megginson has been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Delta as it moves toward the Gulf Coast. In information provided by RedZone Weather the storm is expected to have some impacts on Escambia County in the days ahead.

“The cone of uncertainty extends from Beaumont, Texas eastward to Pensacola, Fla.,” Megginson said Tuesday afternoon. “This includes a big chunk of our local area. Again, that’s where the center of the storm may move. Impacts will extend well beyond that center point. Keeping that in mind, have a look at the attached graphic which highlights specific local impacts you can expect here in south Alabama and northwest Florida. This graphic will change in the days ahead based on the projected path of Hurricane Delta. Forecast changes are still possible and will be until we get the center of the storm closer to the coast later this week.”

Meggins said that although some counties to our west and south will certainly feel more effects of the storm, the Brewton area will certainly experience some weather irregularities.

“For our local area, the greatest impacts from Hurricane Delta are expected to happen in Mobile, Washington, Clarke, and Baldwin counties,” Megginson said. “Tropical storm force winds will be possible, in addition to a threat of heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding, tornadoes, storm surge at Mobile Bay, the Mississippi Sound, and the Alabama beaches, and potentially coastal flooding. For the reminder of us in locales in Monroe, Conecuh, Butler, Covington, Escambia (AL), Santa Rosa, Escambia (FL), Okaloosa, and Walton counties, the specific impacts from Hurricane Delta are a bit more unclear. Gusty winds are likely at times, heavy rain is expected at times, but the risk of tornadoes, flash flooding, and even storm surge at the northwest Florida beaches is a bit less certain. Remain on guard in these areas, but know that the greater risk is currently to your west.”

Residents are reminded to stay weather aware as the storm approaches the Gulf Coast.