Tropical Storm Delta has formed, forecast to strike Gulf Coast later this week

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(WKRN) — Tropical Depression 26 has now strengthened to become Tropical Storm Delta.

The track of Tropical Storm Delta

The forecast is for it to intensify into Hurricane “Delta” this week and strike the United States Gulf Coast by Friday, possibly as a Category 2 storm.

Of course, 5 days out, details are subject to change, but residents along the Gulf Coast from the Texas/Louisiana border to the Alabama/Florida border should be keeping a close eye on this system and prepare to take action.

Tropical Storm Delta (right) and Tropical Storm Gamma (left)

It should be noted that this is a separate system from Tropical Storm “Gamma” which is forecast to remain in the southwest Gulf for now.

The question for the Midstate is will it bring us rain?

Possibly so. Both the European and GFS models bring rain to Middle Tennessee and South Kentucky by next weekend. Below is a depiction of the European Model for Thursday, not long from when it looks like Delta will hit the coast, and Saturday, when what’s left of Delta could impact Tennessee.

ECMWF Model Forecast for Thursday
ECMWF Model Forecast for next Saturday

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