FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Delta has stabilized as a Category 2 storm and its track has drifted a bit to the west, excluding New Orleans and including parts of Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. advisory. But Delta is expected to regain strength and is still projected to affect Louisiana more than any other state on the Gulf Coast.
"The majority of (Delta's impact) at this point looks like it'll be in the Lake Charles area, and then a little bit into our area," said meteorologist Tim Destri of the National Weather Service New Orleans/Baton Rouge office.
Delta's center has emerged from land in Mexico now and the storm should restrengthen Wednesday night into Thursday over the warm waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. Gulf Coast is preparing for Hurricane Delta's projected Friday landfall, but tropical storm-force winds could arrive Thursday night.
The college football game between Louisiana State University and Missouri scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., has been moved to Columbia, Mo. The game will kickoff at noon Saturday.
Many New Orleans-area high school football games have also been moved from their usual Friday night dates to Wednesday and Thursday.
The New Orleans Saints are reportedly thinking of moving their Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Chargers to Indianapolis, if necessary.
Destri said Hurricane Delta is still expected to grow in intensity and size because it's over warm water.
"How much larger, it remains to be seen," he said.
A storm surge watch was put in effect Wednesday for an area ranging from High Island, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border. A hurricane watch is in effect for an area ranging from High Island to Grand Isle, Louisiana., and a tropical storm watch is in effect for areas in Texas and Louisiana.