Hurricane Delta intensified into a Category 3 storm yesterday afternoon and it may strike southwestern Louisiana with similar strength today, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is expected to make US landfall along the same portion of southwest Louisiana where Hurricane Laura hit just six weeks ago.
Conditions “appear favorable for strengthening” over the next 12 hours, “and based on this additional intensification is expected tonight,” the center said in its latest forecast discussion.
The mayor of Lake Charles, Louisiana, which was hit hard by Laura, made a last-ditch plea asking people to evacuate the area.
“With what we have been through with Laura, looking at hurricane Delta really is a scary proposition for Lake Charles,” Mayor Nic Hunter said in a video message posted to his Facebook page on Thursday.