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Hurricane Delta ramps up; tropical storm winds could occur locally

For the second time in just a few weeks, all eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Delta was rapidly intensifying rapidly on Tuesday morning and was a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.

Current forecasts show that landfall could take play in Louisiana, but meteorologists say tracking to the east could be possible.

Tropical storm force winds could be possible especially in Southwest Alabama and Southeast Mississippi.

Meteorologists said Tuesday afternoon that the timing has slowed down, but it is not expected to stall like Sally did.

There is a 20 percent chance that Butler County will receive tropical storm force winds, with a 4 percent chance that winds greater than 58 mph could occur here.

There is also a 1 percent change for hurricane force winds, locally.

The earliest reasonable time of arrival of tropical storm force winds would be Saturday morning.

Some 3 to 5 inches of rain is possible, with higher totals being possible.

Rain is expected to begin on Thursday with the heaviest rain most likely Friday and Saturday.

The storm has forced some local football teams to move this week’s games to Thursday night.

McKenzie’s game against Kinston has been moved to 7 p.m., Thursday.

Georgiana’s game against Brantley has been moved to 7 p.m., Thursday.

As a precaution, those who do not have an emergency preparedness kit might wish to assemble one.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)

Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

Flashlight

First aid kit

Extra batteries

Whistle (to signal for help)

Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)

Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)

Manual can opener (for food)

Local maps

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

As with any weather forecast, it is likely to change after The Greenville Advocate went to press. We will continue to update via greenvilleadvocate.com and our Facebook page.