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Hurricane Delta grows to Category 4

Fishermen pull up a boat on Tuesday before the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Cancun, Mexico. Associated Press/Photo by Victor Ruiz Garcia

Hurricane Delta grows to Category 4

Resorts along the northeastern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula prepared on Tuesday to bear the brunt of the oncoming storm. Officials warned residents to have several days of food and water on hand before Hurricane Delta arrives, and tourists and residents evacuated from coastal areas. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma have already drenched many of the nearby communities.

What’s the forecast? The storm is expected to make landfall just south of Cancun in the early hours of Wednesday with winds up to 120 mph and a storm surge 9 to 13 feet deep. Delta will then likely regain strength over the Gulf of Mexico before striking the hurricane-battered U.S. coast later in the week.

Dig deeper: Follow Delta’s progress at the National Hurricane Center.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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