Hurricane Zeta moves on, leaving trail of damage. Here’s the recap. Beautiful, cooler weather for the cleanup.

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For folks in southeast Louisiana & south Mississippi sweating without power. Cooler air is moving in. High temps later today in the middle 60s!

Overnight lows will be chilly with low temps in the 40s in many spots, lower 50s in Metro New Orleans. For cleanup, the weather will be ideal & dry.

Here’s a look at the max wind gusts reported so far across southeast Louisiana & Mississippi. Un-confirmed report of 130mph wind gust in Port Fourchon. Several mariners & oil field workers have sent in reports from the platforms/boats of 120+mph winds.

Keep in mind, we don’t have reliable wind gauges everywhere. Likely winds under-reported with a strong hurricane like #Zeta. Here’s a look at some of the max wind gusts & storm surge values.

Thankfully, fall weather will stick around for the cleanup over the next 7 days. And fortunately, even those without power will not have sweltering hot weather to contend with.

TROPICS UPDATE from Meteorologist Scot Pilie — In my opinion, It’s a lose lose when you bring up disturbances. You don’t talk about it…and people have a million questions. You talk about it, and you’re “that guy.”

In my opinion, it’s better to be the voice and talk factual about it. Here’s the deal:

Yes, there is another tropical disturbance in the Caribbean. Medium 60% chance of development within the next 3-5 days. Next name on the list is #Eta.

No, this is not a risk to the Gulf of Mexico at this time. With multiple cold fronts on the way & blocking high pressure, any development in the Caribbean should remain blocked well south over the next 5 days. Most forecast guidance brings this towards landfall in Nicaragua.

A few forecast model guidance brings this towards the western Caribbean in 4-5 days. We will watch it, but it is of no concern to the northern Gulf Coast at this time.

Hurricane season runs until November 30th.

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