Zeta makes landfall on the Yucatan overnight

James Marshall
October 28, 2020

"There is an increasing risk of risky storm surge, wind and rainfall impacts from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle", the Hurricane Center said.

Zeta should turn toward the north tonight, and a faster northward to north-northeastward motion is expected on Wednesday. It's expected to touch down as a Category 1 hurricane just south of New Orleans.

A winterlike storm that is dumping snow and ice in the Rockies and parts of the Midwest will combine forces with the remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the region as well as snowfall in some spots in the Northeast.

Forecasters issued a storm surge warning Tuesday from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida, including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Vermilion Bay, Pensacola Bay, and Mobile Bay.

Storm Zeta is likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek.

Rainfall totals of 50-100 mm, with isolated amounts of 150 mm, are expected across these areas, resulting in flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding.

The National Weather Service issued hurricane warnings for parts of coastal Louisiana and MS, and tropical storm watches and warnings between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. Combined with the tide, the storm surge will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded, forecasters said.

Zeta likely a hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US
Tropical storm Zeta strengthens into hurricane as it heads for Mexico

An average tropical season sees six hurricanes and 12 named storms, and Zeta is the 11th hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Where is Zeta and where is it going?

Hurricane Zeta is now located about 45 miles southeast of Cozumel, with maximum winds of 80 mph, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a public advisory Monday evening.

Mexico on Tuesday morning changed its hurricane warning to a tropical storm warning from Punta Allen to Progreso, including Cozumel.

Tropical Storm Zeta pounded Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula overnight with high winds and heavy rain, though reports suggested it had not done serious damage before it moved back to the sea and towards the U.S. Gulf Coast, authorities said on Tuesday.

The highest wind gusts in Acadiana are expected for the eastern-most portions of St Mary Parish where gusts could approach the 35-45 miles per hour range at worst (and that may be a stretch).elsewhere, just a breeze for the rest of Acadiana is anticipated near 15-25 miles per hour or less.

There's never a tiresome moment in Florida - and Michelle covers it as a Real Time/Breaking News Reporter for the Miami Herald. Previously, she worked as a news writer at WSVN Channel 7 and is now a Poynter-Koch Media & Journalism fellow.

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