Louisiana Declares State of Emergency as Hurricane Zeta Approaches

by Halle Ames
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Louisiana declares a state of emergency once again as Hurricane Zeta will hit their shores tonight as a Category 2 storm. 

Hurricane Zeta recently strengthened nearly 35 mph in less than 24 hours to make it a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds, with a life-threatening four to six-foot storm surge. It will also bring damaging winds, and nearly two to four inches of heavy rainfall. 

As conditions continue to worsen along the coastline, NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has also issued a tornado watch until midnight for Louisiana, Alabama, and part of the Florida Panhandle. 

A tropical storm warning has been issued for southern Mississippi, Alabama, Northern Georgia, the western portions of the Florida Panhandle, and the Western Carolinas. 

The cities that will take the worst hit will be New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi. 

Governor John Bel Edwards reports that 207 out of 689 floodgates have shut down in precaution. In addition, 1,400 members of the Louisiana National Guard are standing by to help with the recovery after the storm. 

The storm has already hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula yesterday but as a Category 1 hurricane. Once over land, it became a tropical storm. Once it got back into the Gulf of Mexico, the strength became that of a Category 2 hurricane. 

In the last two months, Hurricane Laura hit in late August, while Delta made landfall in early October. In September, Hurricane Sally was threatening Louisiana but changed its course to pass over Alabama instead. 

Zeta is the 27th storm this year in the Atlantic. It is also and the 11th hurricane, making 2020 the worst hurricane season on record. The average year only sees around six hurricanes. 

[H/T The Weather Channel]