TS Delta 1 pm Update
Published 5th October 2020, 3:22pm
At 1 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Delta was located near latitude 16.1 North, longitude 79.2 West. Delta is moving toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h), and a turn toward the west-northwest is forecast later today. A faster northwestward motion is expected on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Delta is expected to move away from Jamaica later today and move near or over the Cayman Islands early Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected. Delta is expected to become a hurricane tonight or Tuesday before it nears western Cuba. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre.
The track of Tropical Storm Delta continues to shift further south and the forward progress of the storm has slowed. The Cayman Islands National Weather Service is now forecasting the onset of Tropical Storm force winds to begin at 4 am Tuesday morning.
Cloudy, rainy conditions are forecast from this afternoon as Tropical Storm Delta approaches the Cayman area. Heavy rain, localised flooding, gusty winds and rough seas will likely affect the Cayman Islands later tonight and tomorrow.