Hurricane Delta had been a category 4 storm, but dropped to category 2 as it made landfall in the Yucatan. It is expected to strengthen again as it crosses the Gulf. From Hurricane Watch Net:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 8:00 AM EDT – 1200 UTC
The Hurricane Watch Net activated Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC) on 14.325.00 MHz for Hurricane Delta.
Hurricane Delta made landfall around 5:30 AM CDT (1030 UTC) along the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula near Puerto Morelos with estimated maximum winds of 110 mph, a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The reason for our late start is because we did not have any propagation into the affected area overnight on both 20 and 40-meters. We will be in operation most of today before taking a break.
We will resume operations Friday morning at 8:00 AM EDT – 1200 UTC on 14.325.00 MHz. We will begin operations on 7.268.00 MHz that morning at the conclusion of the Waterway Net. Once active, we will remain in full operation through approximately midnight CDT.
Delta is currently forecasted to be a Category 2, possibly a Category 3, Hurricane when it makes landfall somewhere south of Lafayette, LA on Friday afternoon.
Any change to our activation plans will be posted on our website, www.hwn.org.
I want to offer in advance my sincere thanks to everyone who uses 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz for various Nets and rag-chews to allow us to use these frequencies. Having a clear frequency certainly makes our job easier, and we know those in the affected area greatly appreciate it as well!
As a reminder, we are always available to provide backup communications to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers, Red Cross officials, and Storm Shelters in the affected area. We also collect and forward significant damage assessment data to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.
As always, we are praying and hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.