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Delta Intensifies to Category 2 Hurricane; Warning over Cayman Island, Northeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Cuba

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Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 2 Hurricane. Extremely dangerous Hurricane conditions expected for The Northeastern Yucatan Peninsula starting early Wednesday, National Hurricane Center updates.

With a winds of 100mph as Delta was located 125 miles south of Grand Cayman. Delta has also increased in speed and is now moving west north-west at 15mph. Heavy rainfall expected to the parts of Cayman Island, Western Cuba and northern Island of Peninsula through midweek. 

Rainfall could lead to flash flooding and mud mudslides.

Residents in the Seven Mile Beach area are urged to seek shelter or move to higher floors as very rough seas are forecast for the area. The Red Cross Shelter on Huldah Avenue is currently open. The John Gray High School shelter will open at 5am, pets are also welcome there. 

Delta had shifted west on Monday, Cuba withdrew a hurricane warning for its western province of Pinar del Rio and replaced it with a tropical storm warning. 

However, the Hurricane Delta was on a course to pass by the Cayman Islands early Tuesday before hitting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula potentially as a major storm and continuing on to strike the U.S. Gulf coast later in the week.

Delta is the earliest 25th named storm to form in the Atlantic, beating the old record of Nov. 15, 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

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