Shortly after 4 p.m. this afternoon, Zeta made landfall as a category two hurricane over Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana. The storm is weakening, but it still holds category two strength. Max sustained winds are at 100 mph. It is currently located 10 miles southwest of Slidell, Louisiana, and it’s bringing rain and strong winds to the metro area. Fortunately, this system is racing out of the state. It’s moving north-northeastward at 25 miles per hour and should enter Mississippi by 8 p.m. The worst of the impacts have been east of the eye, and that is what will continue as this system progresses.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Navarre, Florida, which includes Vermillion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, Mobile Bay and Pensacola Bay.
A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for Livingston Parish.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Morgan City, Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for west of Morgan City, Louisiana to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.
Zeta will continue to move north-northeastward, and it’s forecast to quickly move. Shortly after midnight, Zeta will be in central Alabama as a tropical storm, and by Thursday afternoon, it will be in Virginia as a remnant low. We’ll be quiet and cool by that time thanks to a cold front that is approaching our area.
Rain is beginning to end in the Baton Rouge metro, but it is still falling to our east. Most of the southeast will be quiet by midnight. Over the past 24 hour, according to a radar estimate, Downtown Baton Rouge has seen 0.5 inches of rain while New Orleans has seen over three inches in some locations. Along the coast, we find even higher totals.
Wind speeds and wind gusts are beginning to lower as this system continue to track to the north-northeast. The highest winds and wind gusts are around Lake Ponchartrain, which is where some cities are reporting gusts of over 65 mph.
Be sure to follow along as Zeta continues to make its way out of the state. There is still a month until the official end of hurricane season. Always have a game plan, and be ready to act. Be sure to follow along for updates. Your StormTracker team will be here to guide you through the rest of hurricane season.