CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — While Hurricane Delta gathers momentum in the southern Gulf of Mexico and sets its sights on coastal Louisiana, its peripheral effects will graze the Coastal Bend.
Only stray rain showers are expected here, but long period swells and northeast winds will mean two to three feet of coastal flooding.
Delta made landfall in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday on the Yucatan coast near Cozumel as a major hurricane, and its is likely to do so again along the southwest coast of Louisiana late Friday.
Between now and then, the storm will provide a steady northeast wind that will warm and dry the Coastal Bend. Only a few showers can be expected locally Thursday night as the storm makes its closest approach to the Middle Texas Coast.
The next chance for rain will be Tuesday of next week, when a cold front eases through the region. Highs will remain in the upper 80s to lower 90s, then drop to the middle 80s next Wednesday. Lows will linger in the lower 70s before dipping into the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.