Affected Population
Event Characteristics
Cyclone Name Delta
Category 3
Start Date 2020-10-05
End Date 2020-10-12
Basin Atlantic
Had Landfall True
Last Update 2020-10-08
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10/08/2020 11:43 a.m.

Delta kills one in Yucatan - 7000 people displaced

At least one person was killed by Hurricane Delta on its way through Yucatan, local media report. Due to the damage caused by wind and inundations, more than 7000 people are currently staying in shelters, as reported on Thursday morning.

10/08/2020 9:11 a.m.

Delta: No deaths in Mexico

Hurricane Delta has left some significant damage in Quintana Roo and Yucatan, but all in all the effects were quite low. No structural damage and deaths, not even injuries have been reported so far. Several hundred people needed to leave their damaged houses and will probably stay in shelter for some days, but preliminary assessment did not find structural damage. Many businesses along the coast, especially restaurants and bars, were hardly hit by waves and the massive wind gusts, which have damaged roofs, windows and signs of at least 30 to 50 buildings, according to local news.

Many customers are still without power but restoration is in process. More than 266,000 people have been affected by outages which lead also to problems with the water supply as pumps were not usable.

Delta, which has temporarily weakened to Category 1, reached category 2 again as it currently moves across the western Gulf of Mexico. Further strengthening, probably to Category 3, is expected before it hits the coast of Lousiana and Texas on Friday. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for western Lousiana, a Tropical Storm Warning for eastern Lousiana and eastern Texas.

People near the Gulf coast are asked to prepare for dangerous storm conditions. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued in some towns, for example Grand Isle and Vermilion Parish.

10/07/2020 4:23 p.m.

Limited damage in Quintana Roo

Delta made landfall as a category 3 storm near Cancun, later weakened further to category 2. More than 40,000 people have been evacuated before the arrival of the storm. According to first media reports, the damage caused by Delta in Cancun and other places was limited. Several trees were knocked down but no significant damage to houses was reported yet. However, more than 50% of the population of Cancun is currently without power. Also other towns are affected.

On it's further path, Delta is expected to move to the Gulf of Mexico where another strengthening to a category 4 storm is expected in the next days. On Friday Delta is expected to make landfall in Lousiana or Texas. The NOAA has issued a Hurricane Watch for the coastal areas on Deltas path.

10/06/2020 3:49 p.m.

Delta is now a Category 4 Hurricane

Rapid strenghtening continued. Within a few hours Delta intensified from a Category 2 to a Category 4 strom.

10/06/2020 1:14 p.m.

Cancun prepares for Hurricane Delta

As Delta is approaching the coast of Yucatan, it will likely strengthen to a category 3 storm in the next few hours. Some forecasts by the mexican meteorological agency even expect a category 4 landfall on Wednesday morning.
The forecasts say that Delta will make landfall very close to Cancun, a famous tourist destination and the biggest city in Quintana Roo. Many hotels and resorts are built along the coasts or on islands, which makes them highly vulnerable. (Learn how to reduce the disaster risk of hotels.) Officials have started to evacuated these resorts and bring tourists and residents to shelters inland. While evacuations began, people in Cancun also started individual preparations. Also panic buying was seen in several supermarkets.

10/06/2020 12:04 p.m.

10/06/2020 9:07 a.m.

Delta strengthening, approaching Yucatan

Delta has strengthened into a category 1 Hurricane over the past hours. New forecasts by NOAA expect further strengthening and a possible landfall on Yucatan peninsula, Mexico on Wednesday morning, possibly as a Major Hurricane. A Hurricane warning is currently in effect for parts of Quintana Roo and Yucatan while a Tropical Storm Warning remains active for western Cuba and the Cayman Islands. The new forecasted storm path is more western and more dangerous for people in Mexico, which are still suffering from the effects of Tropical Storm Gamma that has hit the area last week. More than three million people are living in the areas close to the storm path. The government of Quintana Roo is preparing evacuations. They are warning that the coast might be affected by 8 meter waves. Heavy rain could lead to floodings and landslides. The meteorological department of Cuba asked the residents of the Isla de la Juventud and Pinar del Rio to prepare for storm-force winds. Significant rain of up to 100l/m² are expected. After its landfall in Yucatan, Delta is expected to move to the Gulf of Mexico, where it might strengthen to a Major Hurricane again. Further movement and development remains uncertain, but a US landfall in Lousiana or Texas by the end of this week becomes more likely.

10/05/2020 11:52 a.m.

TS Delta threatens Cuba, Cayman Islands

The 25th named North Atlantic Tropical Storm 2020 has formed over the western Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Delta is expected to move northwest over the next few days. NOAA has issued a Tropical Storm warning for the Cayman Islands, which are close to the expected center of Delta. Further, a Hurricane Watch is active for the westernmost parts of Cuba. A strengthening of Delta to a Category 1 hurricane is expected. On it's further path, Delta will likely move into the Gulf of Mexico and might be a threat for the Gulf Coast of the US by the end of this week. However, a possible US landfall remains uncertain as well as the further development after moving into the Gulf. Risklayer will continue monitoring the situation and provide further updates on strom track forecast as well as possible strom effects.