ALERT: Hurricane Zeta will hit the battered US coast

Hurricane Zeta is advancing and threatening the battered US coast. Louisiana was preparing Wednesday for its third hurricane of the year....

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  • Hurricane Zeta is advancing and threatening the battered US coast.
  • Louisiana was preparing Wednesday for its third hurricane of the year.
  • Trump declared an emergency in Louisiana Tuesday night.

Louisiana was preparing for its third hurricane of the year on Wednesday, as Zeta, the 27th storm Named after a historic hurricane season in the Atlantic, it was on its way to make landfall south of New Orleans.

Zeta regained hurricane status on Wednesday after passing over the Yucatan Peninsula, and was expected to hit the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday night.

Hurricane warnings covered Morgan City, Louisiana, and along the Mississippi coast to the Alabama boundary. The hurricane watch off the coast of Florida’s northeast fringe was extended eastward to the border between Walton and Bay counties.

The storm showed maximum sustained winds of 136 kilometers (85 miles) per hour on Wednesday morning, centered 514 kilometers (320 miles) south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The center of Zeta was expected to reach the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in the afternoon in southeastern Louisiana, according to the United States National Hurricane Center.

The meteor would move overnight near the Mississippi coast and cross the southeastern and eastern United States on Thursday.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asked US President Donald Trump for a disaster zone declaration prior to the storm.

Edwards, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Biloxi, Mississippi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich declared emergencies. Trump declared an emergency in Louisiana Tuesday night.

“There is no doubt that we have seen a lot this year, with COVID and so many threats and so many storms,” ​​Gilich said in a press release, “but this storm shows that we have not seen everything yet.”

Hurricane Zeta threatens the US: it will make landfall in Louisiana

This Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 image, courtesy of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows Tropical Storm Zeta. (NOAA / NESDIS / STAR via AP)

Hurricane Zeta threatens the US: it will make landfall in Louisiana

As the storm approached, authorities in New Orleans announced that a turbine that generated power for the city’s aging sewer pump system had failed Sunday with no anticipated speedy repair.

There was enough power to keep the pumps running if necessary, but that left authorities with little backup power in the event of a failure in other turbines, officials explained at a press conference with Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Authorities said they were considering options for getting power and making repairs if other technical problems arise. Forecasts were for 2 to 6 inches (5 to 15 centimeters) of rain in the New Orleans area.

Authorities noted that Zeta was expected to move relatively quickly, which could reduce the threat of flooding.

Zeta broke the record for the 27th earliest recorded named storm in the Atlantic season, beating the record on November 29, 2005. It is also the 11th hurricane of the season. An average season has six hurricanes and 12 named storms.

The extraordinary hurricane season has drawn attention to the role of climate change, which scientists say causes wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.

Louisiana has suffered two tropical storms and two hurricanes this year: Laura, which killed at least 27 people in its wake in August, and Delta, which aggravated the damage left by Laura by hitting the same area a few weeks later.

Hurricane Zeta threatens the US: it will make landfall in Louisiana

New Orleans has been on tropical cyclone watch seven times this year, but by now they have all drifted east or west. “I don’t think we’re going to be that lucky with this one,” said city emergency director Colin Arnold.

The arrival of another storm increased concerns for people evacuated from previous hurricanes. The state was home to about 3,600 evacuees from Laura and Delta, most in hotels in the New Orleans area.

“I’m physically and mentally tired,” said an affected Yolanda Lockett of Lake Charles, standing outside a New Orleans hotel.

Meanwhile, many people repeated again the unwanted ritual of preparations on the coast.

In St. Bernard Parish, a town on the Louisiana coast east of New Orleans, Robert Campo was preparing his marina, again, for the arrival of a storm.

“We are closed for four or five days. That’s four or five days when nobody fishes. They are four or five days in which nobody catches prawns. They are four or five days in which the economy does not work ”, he said.

Hurricane Zeta threatens the US: it will make landfall in Louisiana

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