Hurricane Delta strengthened Tuesday to become a major Category 4 storm in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
4 AM #Delta Update: Winds are down to 115 mph (Cat. 3). Landfall is expected later today near Cancun, MX. It will weaken to a Cat. 2 tonight, but strengthen to a Cat. 4 Friday AM. Then weaken back to a Cat. 3 Fri. Night with a landfall on central LA coast.
The intensification Monday and Tuesday was stunning. On Monday morning, it was just a tropical depression with winds of about 35 mph – and by Tuesday afternoon, its wind speed more than quadrupled to 145 mph. The rapid strengthening was due to the extremely conducive environment in the Caribbean with very deep warm water and very little wind shear. The storm is also rather small which allows for faster strengthening and weakening
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