Zeta Makes Mexico Landfall as Category 1 Hurricane

Zeta Makes Mexico Landfall as Category 1 Hurricane

Updated 10/27/20: CNN published a report providing the latest forecast information for Tropical Storm Zeta, which is tracking toward the U.S. Gulf Coast after making landfall in Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane.

Tropical Storm Zeta makes its way toward the US coast after slamming into Mexico as a hurricane

Updated 10/26/20: 
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide emergency proclamation in anticipation of Hurricane Zeta.

Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Zeta

 

Disaster Alert
October 26, 2020

Source: The Weather Channel

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Zeta is in the northwest Caribbean.
  • Zeta is likely to become a hurricane before striking Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Zeta will bring rainfall, storm surge and winds impacts to the northern Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it heads for a strike on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the northern U.S. Gulf Coast, where it’s likely to bring heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge.

Current Status

Zeta is centered in the northwest Caribbean right now and is moving northwestward toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, from Tulum to Dzilam, including Cozumel and Cancún. Hurricane conditions are expected in this area Monday night into early Tuesday.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and for small areas west and south of the hurricane warning in Mexico.

Forecast Track, Intensity

Warm sea-surface temperatures and favorable upper-level winds should allow Zeta to become a hurricane as it heads toward the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico Monday night into Tuesday. That would make Zeta the Atlantic’s 11th hurricane of the season.

Increasing wind shear and cooler waters should prevent additional strengthening of Zeta as it approaches the northern U.S. Gulf Coast by midweek. Zeta could be near or at hurricane strength when it makes landfall late Wednesday, somewhere from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle, according to the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast.

It’s important to note that impacts from rainfall, wind and storm surge along the northern Gulf Coast will largely be the same no matter whether Zeta is a strong tropical storm or a low-end hurricane when it nears landfall.

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