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Expected to be a category 2 storm, Zeta arrives just ahead of cold front

Posted at 5:52 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 08:11:34-04

Hurricane Zeta is showing some signs of strengthening Wednesday morning, and is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana as a category 2 storm Wednesday afternoon.

The majority of the impacts will be felt east of Acadiana, with St. Mary Parish likely seeing the strongest impacts both in terms of wind and rainfall.

Seas will be coming up along the north central Gulf Coast with a 1-3 foot surge for the Vermilion Bay and coastal Acadiana, with the peak surge occurring along coastal Mississippi just east of the mouth of the Pearl River.

That being said coastal flooding is likely along all of the southeastern coastline, especially in areas that are already vulnerable to rising seas and coastal flooding.

The strongest winds for Acadiana will be down along St. Mary Parish with wind gusts between 25-30 mph possible through the afternoon and evening, but the just east of the eye winds will be topping around 100 mph.

In central Acadiana it will be breezy with winds out of the east around 10-15 mph, gusts may push as high as 20 mph later this evening, there may be higher numbers in St. Mary Parish where winds could gust up to 35 mph.

A few showers will swing through the area but should stay fairly scattered through the afternoon, eventually increasing in the evening as a result of a cold front that will be pushing through the area after dinner.

This front is going to drop temperatures significantly by Thursday morning with lows dropping down into the low 50s/upper 40s, and winds blowing in from the north about 10-15 mph.

The remainder of the week will be much cooler and the cool air should stick around through the end of the week and the weekend.

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