US Zeta strengthens into a hurricane and will reach the coast of Louisiana
Zeta: Louisiana must prepare for new storm while recovering from two hurricanes, governor says
With Hurricane Zeta approaching the Gulf Coast, Louisiana is preparing for potential impact while still working to repair the damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. © NOAA A NOAA map of Tropical Storm Zeta entering the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane watch is now in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Weather downgraded to tropical storm after crossing the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, Zeta again became a hurricane overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to hit the coasts of the US state of Louisiana in the afternoon on Wednesday.
Zeta is currently a Category 1 hurricane on a scale of 5, with winds up to 150 km / h, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) has announced.
It is expected to strengthen further during the day and hit Louisiana in the New Orleans area in category 2, meteorologists warned.
Hurricane Zeta lashes Mexico's Yucatan with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall
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. © 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.
A hurricane alert has been issued extending from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
In addition to the winds and heavy rains expected, the NHC has also warned of the dangers posed by the rising sea levels: a coastal submersion alert is in place for a whole part of the coast.
"It seems pretty clear now that Zeta will hit New Orleans directly. Finish preparing this morning," a tweeted Wednesday morning the mayor of the city, LaToya Cantrell. "Make sure you have water, food and medicine for everyone in your household."
President Donald Trump approved Tuesday evening the declaration of state of emergency for Louisiana, allowing to unlock federal means, announced the White House.
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Hurricane will be the fifth named storm to hit the Louisiana coast this year (storms are only named after a certain intensity).
Hurricanes Laura and Delta hit the state coastline in roughly the same spot recently.
Hurricane Zeta, which formed over the Caribbean Sea, made landfall Monday evening in the vicinity of Ciudad Chemuyil, in the state of Quintano Roo in Mexico. Its passage has not made any victims, according to its governor.
The hurricane season, which is not yet over, is particularly intense this year. Due to the exhaustion of the list of expected Latin names, meteorologists began to identify them with the Greek alphabet.
As the surface of the oceans warms, hurricanes become more powerful, according to scientists, who predict an increase in the proportion of category 4 and 5 cyclones, the most destructive.
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