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Tue Oct 27, 2020, 08:06 AM

Hurricane warning for New Orleans as Zeta swirls over Mexico

Clouds gather over Playa Gaviota Azul as Tropical Storm Zeta approaches Cancun, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico’s resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. (Victor Ruiz Garcia/Associated Press)

By Gabriel Alcocer | AP
Oct. 26, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. CDT

CANCUN, Mexico — Storm-weary Louisiana is once again under a hurricane warning, with Zeta leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night.

Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall as a hurricane just north of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed over land, but it was expected to regain its strength over the Gulf of Mexico.

Zeta’s top winds were 70 mph (110 kmh) early Tuesday, centered about 560 miles (905 kmh) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. If Zeta makes landfall in Louisiana, it will be the fifth named storm to hit the state this year, joining Cristobal, Laura, Marco and Delta.

Zeta was still drenching the northern Yucatan as its center moved over the water. Quintana Roo state Gov. Carlos Joaquín warned that “nobody should be on the streets ... you shouldn’t go out anymore” until the storm passed.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 08:12 AM

1. I hope that NOLA

will dodge this one as it has the previous storms this season.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:11 AM

2. Even if it does, that just means that some other coastal city will be hit.

It's not good for ANY of us. Unfortunately, it's not going to turn around and go back where it came from.

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