Friday 27 November, 2020

Zeta near the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula

A tropical storm warning and watch continues to be in effect for parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula today as Tropical Storm Zeta makes its way over the landmass.

At 7 am CDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Zeta was located over the northern Yucatan Peninsula about 45 miles (75 km) east of Progresso.

Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this general motion is forecast to continue today.

Zeta should turn toward the north tonight and a faster northward to north-north-eastward motion is expected on Wednesday. 

On the forecast track, the centre of Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico later this morning and over the central Gulf of Mexico tonight.

Zeta is forecast to make landfall on the US Gulf Coast late on Wednesday as a hurricane.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Navarre, Florida including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Vermilion Bay, Pensacola Bay, and Mobile Bay.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida.

The storm currently has maximum sustained winds that are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. 

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the centre.

Rainfall totals of four to eight inches, with local amounts of 12 inches, are possible today along and east-northeast of Zeta's track across the Yucatan Peninsula and the Cayman Islands.

An additional one to three inches of rain will be possible across western Cuba through Tuesday.

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