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Zeta becomes a hurricane

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 15:25:04-04

Zeta was upgraded to a hurricane by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 2pm this afternoon with 80 mph winds.

Hurricane Zeta is expected to impact the Yucatan Peninsula overnight and emerge in the Southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday.

Zeta remains on track to make landfall late Wednesday into early Thursday across Southeast Louisiana impacting areas such as Grand Isle and then on to New Orleans into Wednesday night.

If Zeta makes landfall as a hurricane, it will be the third hurricane in two months to strike the Louisiana Coast, not including the near miss with Sally in September.

And Zeta may very well impact the same areas into Mississippi, Alabama and the extreme Western Florida Panhandle that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sally roughly 6 weeks ago.

At this time, the heaviest rains, highest winds and storm surge will be near and east of the center of this storm, with Acadiana only receiving a glancing blow.

Nonetheless, tropical showers and storms will advance toward Acadiana Tuesday with rain chances and breezy winds expected into Wednesday.

Stay with KATC for the latest on this storm.

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