First Watches Issued For Delta

The first Gulf Coast watches have been issued ahead of Hurricane Delta. And while we're not in the cone, we are under a Storm Surge Watch:

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* High Island, Texas, to the Alabama/Florida border including

Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas,

Lake Borgne and Mobile Bay

Here are the Hurricane and Tropical Storm watches: 

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* High Island Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* San Luis Pass to west of High Island Texas

* East of Grand Isle Louisiana to Bay St. Louis Mississippi, including New Orleans

* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas

If you're not familiar with these terms, here's what they mean (courtesy of the National Hurricane Center):

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-

threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the

coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather

Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible

within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours

before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force

winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or


A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are

possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.