Hurricane Zeta racing toward Gulf Coast

The storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, Zeta will be the 11th named storm to hit the U.S. this season with storm surges forecasted to be as high as 6 to 9 feet.
3:38 | 10/28/20

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And now to hurricanes data heading towards the battered Gulf Coast right now the storm's expected to make landfall tonight as a category two hurricane. Chief meteorologist ginger zee is in Pass Christian, Mississippi. With the latest on this and ginger good morning to you what's the latest on the timing and the track of this storm. So we've got about twelve hours Diane before this thing makes landfall and it will be neat fit the land falling storm in Louisiana. In this heat this season alone. Let along the eleventh of the season for the United States is something we haven't done but twice before in recorded history. It's it's really incredible to be back here along the Gulf Coast and that in every state Texas Louisiana. And Alabama also Florida but now. Mississippi and because we're anticipating storm surge here on top of the wind so let me take you to the timing the storm is still more than 300 miles away but it is racing toward the coast. So we do anticipate up five or six pianists landfall but we'll see conditions deteriorate after the noon hour as that I has become more evident. And we see at strengthening we could see a category two hurricane as it makes landfall so I think you island and that southeastern coast of Louisiana. We'll have some of the worst of wind damage right at the coast but Mississippi is definitely have to be watching for those winds. All going to central Alabama we'll still see tropical storm force winds and gusts up to sixty miles per hour. By Birmingham's self. On top of it all he got the push a water the good news is this thing moves fast the bad news is it's very strong and it could see six to nine feet I was talking. The folks that live here they said anything zero to five feet a surge is kind of new sense but once you get above 56. That's when it can start to do damaging go up and over roads so will be watching for that this evening. We'll also watch for those wind got so here's what I think getting trees and power lines could easily come down when you see gusts anywhere from fifty to seventy miles per hour. But the problem with this remember is the forward trajectory. Plus the winds within our going to be so strong that even see gusts of eighty to a hundred coming up on this model. And close to sixty as far north as Birmingham and even north Georgia this I think power outages could extend well England and I think we should be prepared for that. And rain wise I think we'll see the worst of the flood watches extend all the way into western South Carolina and North Carolina as it merges with another system and that's what you're seeing right there on that map that high. Driving an apartment that big trough that caused all of the ice storm in Oklahoma you've seen some of those pictures 300000 customers without power it's gonna merge together. And the moisture and we'll have enough cold air to bring snow break before Halloween for parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut New York Diane. And ginger you mention this'll be the elevenths. Named storm to make landfall in the US this year just highly unusual what has made. This hurricane season so bad. Yeah you know we went right into the Greek alphabet and we are just diving to those numbers mean you remember we had Laura what does that cap for you can see the damage from baton and we hadn't felt so right behind it. In southwestern Louisiana and we had Sally that made. Such an impact on Pensacola Florida and now more right here in the middle. We ask why fly in this part of our country has been so tortured this year and a big part of it is just. The monsoon in Africa has been very active so that kicks off the thunderstorms and that's where those things start then in that trade winds and at the big. Highly called the Bermuda high in the exact position farther west than at some time says. To drive these storms into the gulf of Mexico's system in Caribbean into the gulf. And above average water temperatures that no limit allowed Nina it's a recipe for this type this season and I am parent Lawrence gods of. That area hopefully everybody can stay say it's. Ginger zee and past Chris Tian Mississippi thanks ginger.

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