World Louisiana braces for another hurricane as Zeta barrels in
Is There a Hurricane Coming to Florida? Tropical Depression 27 to Become Tropical Storm Epsilon, Headed for Bermuda
The storm has the potential to become the ninth hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.Tropical Depression 27 formed in the Atlantic on Monday morning and its wind speed is only about four miles per hour below the requirement for a tropical storm. Gradual strengthening is forecast to make it Tropical Storm Epsilon by tonight before reaching hurricane strength on Thursday.
Hurricane Zeta was set to slam the southern United States Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and storm surges to Louisiana, which has been hit repeatedly during a busy hurricane season.
Zeta, packing sustained winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, has strengthened and is predicted to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana before moving along the Mississippi coast.
The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning that covered New Orleans, and said a "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds (were) expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast."
Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Quintana Roo state Gov. Carlos Joaquín had warned that “nobody should be on the streets ... you shouldn’t go out anymore” until the hurricane passed.Zeta was predicted to lose some power while crossing the peninsula, before regaining hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday while heading for the central U.S.
New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell said on Twitter that Zeta could be a "direct hit" on the city, and urged residents to evacuate vulnerable areas or stock up on emergency supplies of food, water and medication for at least three days.
New Orleans remains traumatized from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which flooded 80 percent of the city and killed more than 1,800 people.
Zeta brought strong winds and heavy rains to Mexico's Caribbean coast on Tuesday after making landfall near the resort town of Tulum.
It is the 27th storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.
In September, meteorologists were forced to use the Greek alphabet to name Atlantic storms for only the second time ever, after the 2020 hurricane season blew through their usual list, ending on Tropical Storm Wilfred.
Scientists say there will likely be an increase in powerful storms as the ocean surface warms due to climate change.
The hurricane will be the fifth major storm to hit Louisiana this year.
Hurricane Eta rapidly intensities into major storm, will be Category 4 by landfall .
An explosive Hurricane Eta rapidly intensified on Monday, becoming a major storm in a matter of hours while threatening to grow even stronger before making landfall. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Eta is now a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, making it a Category 3 storm. "Continued strengthening is expected before it makes landfall along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua on Tuesday," the NHC said. TROPICAL STORM ETA FORMS, TIES MOST STORMS ON RECORD; FORECAST TO BECOME HURRICANE As of 1 p.m.