According to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, confidence is building in Hurricane Delta’s track.
A tropical storm and flash flood watch in effect for Natchitoches, Sabine, Grant, Winn, LaSalle and Caldwell Parishes.
Jackson, Lincoln, Union and Quachita Parishes are also listed in the flash flood watch.
Hurricane Delta is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane at landfall on Friday evening.
4-8 inches of heavy rainfall will be possible in the ArkLaMiss and central Louisiana late Thursday into Saturday. Localized amounts up to 10″ inches are possible in Grant and LaSalle Parishes.
2-4 inches of rainfall can be expected for northwest Louisiana, Deep East Texas and southwestern Arkansas with isolated heavier amounts possible.
A more westward track would increase rainfall amounts and the potential for flash flooding.
The strongest winds will move across central Louisiana and ArkLaMiss Friday night into early Saturday morning with the system quickly moving out of the area.
Winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph will lead to the possibility of uprooted trees and power outages by Saturday morning.
If the track shifts further west, downed trees and power outages will be a concern.
You still have time to prepare before the system arrives in our area.
Be prepared, have a game plan with a flashlight, batteries, food, water, important documents, medicine and other essential items readily available if needed.
Fuel your vehicles in case of power outages.
If you use a generator, do not use it indoors. Leave it in an open exterior area to prevent carbon monoxide positioning which can be deadly.