A dangerous storm surge will likely raise water levels by up to nine feet above normal tide levels along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula within the hurricane warning area, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The went from a Category 2 storm to a Category 4 in a matter of hours on Tuesday, with forecasters increasing Delta from a Category 3 to a 4 in less than 30 minutes.
As of 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday the storm was located about 260 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph -- up from 80 mph on Monday night. It's forecast to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast around Friday.
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