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- Zeta is forecast to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana Wednesday afternoon.
- Hurricane warnings have been issued for Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama border and the metropolitan New Orleans area.
- The storm is poised to set the record for the most named storms to hit Louisiana in a single season.
Louisiana is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Zeta as the storm is expected to bring heavy rains and damaging winds along parts of the northern Gulf Coast Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Zeta is forecast to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana by Wednesday afternoon before moving across the southeastern United States on Thursday. By early Wednesday morning, Zeta was about 300 miles south southwest of New Orleans and was projected to gain additional strength.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama border and the metropolitan New Orleans area. Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Okaloosa-Walton County Line, Fla.
“A life-threatening storm surge is expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late today, with the highest inundation occurring somewhere between the Mouth of the Pearl River and Dauphin Island, Alabama,” the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm and said Tuesday night that President Trump approved the state’s request for a Federal Emergency Declaration.
“Though we don’t know exactly what #Zeta will bring, we know this will be a big help in the recovery process for those communities that will feel its impact,” Edwards said.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) also issued a state of emergency ahead of the storm on Tuesday.
“While this storm is not expected to have an impact as large as storms we’ve seen move through the Gulf earlier this year, we want to be in the best place possible to respond to anticipated rain, storm surge and mass power outage,” Ivey said.
Louisiana has been particularly hit hard by this year’s unusually active hurricane season. Hurricane Zeta is poised to set the record for the most named storms to hit Louisiana in a single season. It would be the fifth named storm, followed by Cristobal, Laura, Marco and Delta.
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