Hurricane Delta Makes Landfall in Mexico, Heading Toward U.S. Gulf Coast

Last updated July 13, 2021

Communities in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf Coast braced for Hurricane Delta to make landfall as their communities continue to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

Areas affected by Hurricane Delta are home to more than two million people, many of them children, putting them at risk of exposure to the storm's destruction. Hurricane Delta made landfall in Mexico as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds up to 110 mph. Forecasts predict the storm is expected to gain strength as it moves northwest across the Gulf of Mexico and grow to a Category 3 storm before making landfall on Friday and is expected to dump 5 to 10 inches of rain across southern Lousiana. 

Areas in the path of the hurricane are expected to experience moderate to severe wind damage, storm surges and flooding due to heavy rainfall. Families living in poverty are particularly vulnerable to these effects of the hurricane.

Save the Children program areas in Mexico are in the path of the storm, including Quintana Roo and Yucatán, and are taking preventative measures. Since 2002,  Save the Children has worked in the regions running health, nutrition and child protection programs.

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall on Friday, Oct. 9th along the central Gulf Coast with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama experiencing heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

Save the Children has been working in Louisiana operating Head Start programming in the northwest region and is also providing support in the New Orleans area to those displaced by Hurricane Laura. We also operate Rural Education programs throughout the state of Mississippi.

What is the difference between a hurricane, typhoon and cyclone?

A storm becomes a hurricane, typhoon or cyclone once it reaches wind speeds of 74 mph.

What we call a storm depends on where it occurs. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and Caribbean, typhoons in the Asia-Northwest Pacific region, and cyclones are specific to the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

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[i]  National Hurricane Center


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