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Hurricane Delta landfall expected on Louisiana coast Friday

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Hurricane Delta made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday morning as a Category 2 storm.

At this time, the center of Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall primarily along the Louisiana coast Friday morning, then move northeast into Louisiana and Mississippi Friday afternoon and into Saturday.

Source: NOAA

Forecasters expect the storm to regain major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher) once it moves north into the Gulf of Mexico. The wind field is likely to grow during its approach to the northern Gulf coast, which will increase the storm surge and wind threats. Some weakening is forecast as Delta approaches the northern Gulf coast Friday.

Regardless of Delta’s landfall intensity, life-threatening storm surge and strong winds are likely over a large portion of the northwestern and northern Gulf coast, which has necessitated the issuance of Storm Surge, Hurricane, and Tropical Storm watches for portions of that area.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the northern Gulf coast from High Island, Texas, to the Alabama/Florida border including Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Lake Borgne and Mobile Bay.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the northern Gulf coast from High Island, Texas, eastward to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued along the Texas coast from west of High Island to San Luis Pass. A Tropical Storm Watch has also been issued along the northern Gulf coast from east of Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, including the city of New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

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Harbor Freight Tools bringing 30 to 35 jobs to Vicksburg

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California-based Harbor Freight Tools has announced a new store opening in Vicksburg in 2021.

The exact opening date will be announced closer to the event; however, construction has already begun at 1601 North Frontage Road, WJTV reports.

The store, which sells a large variety of tools and equipment at discount prices, is expected to employ between 30 and 35 people from the Vicksburg area in management and retail sales positions.

“We’ve been looking to open a location in Vicksburg for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,” Trey Feiler, senior vice president, real estate and construction for Harbor Freight Tools, told the station. “In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Vicksburg area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”

Applicants should apply online.

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Hurricane warnings issued for Zeta

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Hurricane Zeta Oct. 27 (source: NOAA / NHC)

Zeta is on track to hit very near to the same Gulf Coast areas as hurricanes Cristobal, Laura and Delta. Hurricane warnings have been issued for New Orleans, lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas and from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

Hurricane Zeta made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Monday night as a Category 1 hurricane, then weakened as it crossed into the Gulf of Mexico. There, the storm is expected to strengthen once again to a hurricane with winds of 80 to 85 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast Wednesday night. Life-threatening storm surge is expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late Wednesday, with the highest inundation occurring somewhere between the mouth of the Pearl River and Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Zeta is the 27th named storm of what has turned out to be an extremely busy hurricane season, as predicted. It’s the 11th hurricane and also the earliest 27th storm of season, breaking the previous record set Nov. 25, 2005. An average hurricane season sees 10 named storms and six hurricanes.

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USACE Vicksburg District launches Bayou Bodcau online map

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Bayou Bodcau (photo courtesy USACE)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District launched an online, interactive map of Bayou Bodcau in Louisiana on Monday, Oct. 26.

The USACE Bayou Bodcau online map will provide users with an intuitive, all-in-one informational tool for the area’s numerous recreation opportunities. The map will be accessible via web browser and feature a variety of icons and pop-up information boxes that allow users to identify and locate various recreation features. Visitors will be able to view Bayou Bodcau’s 59 campsites, 14 boat ramps, 26 trailheads for over 40 miles of trails, designated hunting areas, and other recreation features to plan their visits and learn more about the area.

“This effort exemplifies the dedication of our geospatial and recreation experts who worked to ensure a comprehensive, data-driven final product,” said USACE Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard. “We are proud to provide such a powerful and efficient tool for our recreation visitors and the public.”

Developed as a collaboration between the USACE Vicksburg District’s Technical Services Branch and the

Bayou Bodcau Field Office, the interactive map is the first of its type among the district’s numerous recreation projects. Bayou Bodcau staff members Tommy Jones, Randall Bordelon and Caitlin Sloan collected GPS information, photos and detailed descriptions for each of Bayou Bodcau’s recreation features. Cartographer Bill Sisneros used the data to design, develop and produce the map, along with support and technical reviews from Geographic Information System team members Julie Vicars and Brian Everitt.

“I was happy to help develop a tool that benefits outdoor enthusiasts,” said Sisneros. “I look forward to developing similar products for other district recreation areas in the future.”

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For more information about the USACE Bayou Bodcau online map, contact the district’s public affairs office at 601-631-5000 or [email protected].

 

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