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US Zeta weakens to tropical storm over Alabama after making landfall as Category 2 hurricane in Louisiana; at least 1 dead

08:25  29 october  2020
08:25  29 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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(CNN) Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the southeastern Louisiana coast Wednesday as a Category 2 storm with winds of 110 mph, according A tropical storm warning extends inland more than 600 miles and covers parts of eight states: Alabama , Florida, Georgia, Louisiana , Mississippi

Hurricane Zeta slammed into storm -weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, threatening to push It then regained strength over the Gulf of Mexico along a path slightly to the east of those of Hurricane Laura, which was blamed for at least 27 deaths in Louisiana in August

Hurricane Zeta made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cocoderie, Louisiana, with winds estimated at 110 mph, before weakening to a tropical storm early Thursday over central Alabama.

Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the U.S. this year, an all-time record high for the nation. It's also the fifth tropical storm or hurricane to hit Louisiana this year, an all-time record for the state.

At least one person was reported dead, a 55-year-old man who a Louisiana coroner said was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans.

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Hurricane Zeta has reached the coastline of southeastern Louisiana , making landfall as a Tropical storm warnings were in effect from the Mississippi- Alabama border to the border between Live updates: zeta takes AIM at us gulf coast. The storm is expected to weaken over

Hurricane Zeta made landfall Wednesday evening near Cocodrie in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 2 storm , tearing into coastal communities Hurricane conditions are expected Wednesday within the hurricane warning area between Morgan City, La., and the Mississippi, Alabama border.

Louisiana has had the worst of it this year, hit by two tropical storms and now three hurricanes. New Orleans has been in the warning area for potential tropical cyclones seven times this year, with each one veering to the east or west.

This RAMMB/NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Zeta moving towards the US Gulf Coast towards Louisiana on October 28, 2020, at 10:30 UTC © HANDOUT, RAMMB/NOAA/NESDIS/AFP via Getty This RAMMB/NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Zeta moving towards the US Gulf Coast towards Louisiana on October 28, 2020, at 10:30 UTC

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Gov. Tate Reeves has announced that President Donald Trump has approved another disaster declaration for Mississippi as Hurricane Zeta ravages the southeastern portion of the state.

The declaration is the second in October alone, following the declaration issued after Hurricane Delta tore through the southwestern region of the state earlier in the month.

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Tropical Storm Zeta charges toward Gulf Coast, prompting hurricane and storm surge warnings. Computer model simulation of the radar in southeast Louisiana at the time of then- Hurricane Zeta 's Hurricane warnings span the coastline from Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi- Alabama state border.

Zeta made landfall in the Yucatán Peninsula north of Tulum, Mexico, as a Category 1 hurricane A tropical storm warning has been issued from the border of Mississippi and Alabama to the In Louisiana and Texas, the storm destroyed homes and structures in its path and killed at least 25

The announcement comes as power outages continue to climb in the state as Hurricane Zeta makes its way through Mississippi. More than 177,000 customers are without electricity in the southeastern portion of the state, according to the latest data from poweroutage.us.

Where is Zeta now? Latest National Hurricane Center updates

  • Location: 25 miles south-southwest of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph
  • Movement: Northeast at 31 mph

Hurricane Zeta tracker: Latest path as it aims at Louisiana

Governors in Alabama, Louisiana declare states of emergency

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents to prepare for the record fifth tropical cyclone to make landfall in the state this year. "The good thing and the bad thing is we've had a lot of practice this year," Edwards said.

In neighboring Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey also issued a state of emergency. The order went into effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Hurricane Zeta batters a storm-weary Gulf Coast

  Hurricane Zeta batters a storm-weary Gulf Coast Hurricane Zeta, now a Category 1 storm, is battering southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi with high winds, heavy rain and a life-threatening storm surge, according to the National Hurricane Center. © NOLA Ready A break in the clouds is seen above the New Orleans Superdome as the eye of the storm passed over the city on Wednesday. The Category 2 storm made landfall with winds of 110 mph, though it had weakened to a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds as of 9 p.m. ET, the hurricane center said.

Zeta strengthened to a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of up to 100 mph, expected to strike the New Orleans area on The storm struck Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Monday as a hurricane before it was downgraded as a tropical storm and re-entered the Gulf of

Sometimes, when tropical storms or hurricanes make landfall , tornadoes and waterspouts can Zeta is predicted to be the fifth tropical system to make landfall in Louisiana at tropical storm Zeta made its first landfall as a Category 1 hurricane , packing 80-mph winds, along the coast of

"While this storm is not expected to have an impact as large as storms we’ve seen move through the Gulf earlier this year, we want to be in the best place possible to respond to anticipated rain, storm surge and mass power outage," Ivey said.

– Kirsten Fiscus, Montgomery Advertiser; Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star

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National weather: Zeta could bring snow to New Jersey later this week

Similar to Hurricane Laura – which touched down in the U.S. around late-August – remnant moisture of Zeta has a high probability to reach New Jersey by early Friday morning, resulting in cold rain and a small chance of some wet snow, according to Jonathan Carr, who runs Weather NJ.

When Zeta begins to make its way toward the central part of the country, then up toward the East Coast, its remnants are expected to collide with a disturbance moving from the Colorado Rockies sometime Thursday morning, Carr said.

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Tropical storm watches are in effect for central Alabama and north Georgia, where tropical storm conditions are possible Wednesday night or early Zeta could become as strong as a Category 2 hurricane when it nears the northern Gulf Coast, according to the latest National Hurricane Center

Zeta weakened to a tropical storm early Tuesday morning as it moved over the northern Yucatan The storm made landfall late Monday night as a Category 1 hurricane just north of Tulum with Mississippi/ Alabama border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida. A Tropical Storm Watch is in

"Meanwhile, with cold air pressing south, the rain will mix over to snow and sleet in the Poconos, Catskills, northwestern New Jersey, the Hudson River Valley, and northern Connecticut with minor snow accumulations under 4 inches expected," DiMartino said. DiMartino said most of the snowfall will be on "cold surfaces," with windy conditions expected for most of Thursday and Friday.

– Joshua Chung, Asbury Park Press

Where is Jim Cantore? Tracking Zeta from Gulfport, Mississippi

Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore and self-proclaimed "Grim Reaper" of storms is tracking Tropical Storm Zeta from Gulfport, Mississippi.

"I thought October was supposed to be a quiet month ... It's 2020," Cantore joked Tuesday.

Cantore is no stranger to Gulfport this hurricane season. He chased Hurricane Sally down the Gulf Coast last month from Mississippi to Alabama to Florida.

– Daniella Medina, Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Zeta weakens to tropical storm over Alabama after making landfall as Category 2 hurricane in Louisiana; at least 1 dead

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