US Hurricane Zeta lashes Mexico's Yucatan with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall

11:55  27 october  2020
11:55  27 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Hurricane Zeta brought torrential rains as it slammed into the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico late Monday, offering further evidence that this hurricane As midnight approached, Zeta was “ lashing ” the northeastern coast of the Yucatán with heavy rains and winds of up to about 80 miles per hour

Near where Zeta makes landfall strong wind gusts will threaten to bring down trees and power lines. Heavy rain will spread into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley Wednesday, before Zeta even makes landfall . The hurricane is poised to strike Mexico ' s Yucatan Peninsula, only

Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Mexico Monday night, bringing heavy rains and possible storm surge to a region struck by Delta just three weeks ago.

a close up of a waterfall: Hurricane Zeta at 20.6°N - 87.9°W © NOAA Hurricane Zeta at 20.6°N - 87.9°W

Zeta struck the Yucatán Peninsula north of Tulum, Mexico, shortly after midnight as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The area is being pummeled by strong winds and heavy rains, and the storm is expected to bring storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tides, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Punta Allen to Progreso, Mexico, and Cozumel.

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Zeta is en route to strike Mexico ' s Yucatan Peninsula. Zeta will bring rainfall , storm surge and Zeta could be near or at hurricane strength when it makes landfall late Wednesday, somewhere from Hurricane -force winds are possible in a small area near where the center of Zeta crosses the

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta began lashing Mexico ’ s Caribbean coast resorts of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel with high winds and rain Monday evening as it headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and then a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek.

Zeta is forecast to lose energy as it crosses the Yucatán, but it will likely remain a Category 1 as it moves across the Gulf Coast to make landfall between the Mississippi River Delta and Mobile, Alabama, Wednesday evening.

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Preparations for the storm are underway in New Orleans, Louisiana, where voluntary evacuations have been issued for areas outside their levee system, including Irish Bayou, Venetian Isles, and Lake Catherine, starting Tuesday evening, a release from the City of New Orleans said.

The New Orleans metro area is bracing for tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding of four to six feet as a result of Hurricane Zeta, according to the city's release.

Residents are being encouraged to gather emergency supplies, including food, water, and medications, for at least three days, and the City of New Orleans plans to provide sandbags to residents on Tuesday, the release said.

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Zeta strengthened into a hurricane Monday as it approached Mexico ' s Yucatan Peninsula before taking aim on the battered U.S. Gulf Coast later in the The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was moving northwest at about 10 mph after being nearly stationary over the weekend.

Hurricane Zeta hit Mexico on October 26, bringing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour), according to the National Oceanic and The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning from South of Tulum to Punta Allen Mexico on the east coast of Yucatan , and

On Monday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency declaration ahead of Zeta's arrival. More than 1,150 Louisiana National Guardsmen have been activated and have a variety of high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters pre-positioned for search and rescue efforts, the Governor said.

"We must roll up our sleeves, like we always do, and prepare for a potential impact to Louisiana," said Edwards.

Zeta could set records

It has been a very active hurricane season, and it could be record setting for Louisiana. Zeta is forecast to reach the state at or near hurricane strength Wednesday -- and if it does, it will set the record for most named storms in the state in one season.

"The good thing and a bad thing at the same time is, we've had a lot of practice this year," Edwards said.

Zeta would be the fifth, following Cristobal, Laura, Marco, and Delta. Zeta would also bring Louisiana to tie with Florida in 2005 with the most landfalls in any state in one season.

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Hurricane Zeta is taking a similar track to Hurricane Delta, as it strikes near Cozumel and then heading towards the Northern Gulf Coast while strong winds and waves can be seen in Benito NOW PLAYING: Viral. Hurricane Zeta heads toward Mexico ' s Yucatan Peninsula. Newsflare.

Debris left by Hurricane Delta in Cancún. Video footage showed flailing palm trees being battered by the wind , driving rain , damaged hotels, felled trees and buildings. It was then forecast to bring a “life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to north-eastern portions of the Yucatan peninsula”.

"This storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast by midweek, meaning we have a few days to prepare. As we've seen this hurricane season, a tropical threat during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency is challenging, but something we can handle," Edwards said in a tweet.

And the area is still reeling from back to back storms.

Hurricane Laura struck as the strongest storm in Louisiana since 1856 in late August. In Louisiana and Texas, the storm destroyed homes and structures in its path and killed at least 25 people. More than 8,000 Hurricane Laura evacuees were in shelters six weeks later when Delta struck, Edwards said.

Hurricane Delta left a trail of "hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife" across the state, Edwards tweeted at the time. The storm killed at least four people, spawned more than 10 tornado reports from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas, and covered part of Louisiana in more than 17 inches of rain.

"Even if it wasn't quite as powerful as Hurricane Laura, it was much bigger," Edwards said of Delta. "Obviously, this was a very serious, very large and powerful storm that produced significant amounts of damage."

Zeta knocks out power to millions across the South, leaves at least six dead .
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