SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Hurricane Zeta is now a category 2 hurricane. The storm is now packing more than 100+ mph winds.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain and Metropolitan New Orleans. Zeta is moving to the north and a faster north-northeastward motion is expected to begin later this morning. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will make landfall in southeastern Louisiana, Wednesday afternoon.
Zeta made landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula near Tulum, Mexico, Monday night. This is the same area the Hurricane Delta hit October 5th. Power lines are down, but the area escaped serious damage. The storm weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed the land area Monday.
Louisiana is preparing for the storm and storm surges from 3 to 9 feet in the warning area. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches will be common with isolated amounts of 6 inches, creating areas of flood. Isolated tornadoes are also possible as the storm comes onshore.
Zeta is the 27th named tropical storm in 2020, and according to the National Hurricane Center, this ties the number of storms in the record year of 2005. It will be the 5th storm to hit Louisiana this year, too. And we still have potential for more storms to develop. Hurricane season still has a month to go, ending November 30th.