Friday 4 December, 2020

Zeta nears landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre

Hurricane and tropical storm (TS) conditions across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have increased as TS Zeta nears the mainland.

At 1 pm CDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Zeta was located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea about 120 miles (190 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). 


On the forecast track, the Zeta’s centre will move near or over the northern Yucatan Peninsula later today or tonight.

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

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre.

Zeta is expected to become a hurricane later today.

Some weakening is likely while Zeta moves over the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and early Tuesday. 

Zeta is forecast to strengthen again while it moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico later on Tuesday.

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

A Hurricane Warning continues for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Dzilam and Cozumel.

A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Pinar del Rio in Cuba and Mexico from south of Tulum to Punta Allen and from west of Dzilam to Progreso.

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