JUST IN — Hurricane Warnings, Storm Surge Warnings, and Tropical Storm Warnings issued for the Gulf Coast. Preparations need to be completed today.
Zeta now a tropical storm with max winds of 70mph, expected to re-intensify later today as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.
Track shifted back a hair west with landfall expected in southeast Louisiana late Wednesday-Wednesday night as a quick moving Category 1 hurricane. Widespread power outages likely.
Surge, wind, and localized heavy rainfall risks. Fortunately, quick pace of system will limit duration & lower magnitude of rain impacts.
Keep in mind, this forecast will be fine tuned as we get closer to landfall late Wednesday. Average error in projected landfall 1 1/2 days from landfall is about 30-50 miles.
A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida, including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Vermilion Bay, Pensacola Bay, and Mobile Bay.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida.