Storm Zeta could reach a hurricane before hitting Mexico and the US

Storm Zeta could become a hurricane before hitting Mexico and the US. A hurricane warning was issued for parts of Mexico’s Yucatan ...

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  • Storm Zeta could become a hurricane before hitting Mexico and the US.
  • A hurricane warning was issued for parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun
  • Storm Zeta could bring heavy rain to New York in the coming days

Tropical storm Zeta will hit the end of the Mexican Yucatan peninsula this Monday with hurricane force, on Tuesday it will enter the Gulf of Mexico and on Wednesday it will be near the southern coast of the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the latter country.

The center of Zeta was at 12.00 GMT about 175 miles (285 km) from Cozumel (Mexico) and was moving at 9 miles per hour (15 km / h) in a northwest direction, reported the Efe agency.

The maximum sustained winds of the storm were 70 miles per hour (110 km / h) but a rapid strengthening is expected and this morning Zeta will be a hurricane and as such will touch or make landfall in Yucatan, according to the NHC.

Zeta storm

Photo: Twitter.

The Cozumel area and also the coast from Tulum to Dzilam are under a hurricane warning and other tropical storm warnings apply for Pinar del Río (western Cuba), the Mexican Caribbean coast.

Zeta’s speed is expected to pick up in the coming days as it veers north and will pick up again when it heads north-northeast on Wednesday, near the north coast of the Gulf of mexico.

Louisiana, Mississipi and Alabama are in the Zeta track cone, according to NHC charts.

The route of this storm is being the most frequent in this active cyclonic season, which already has 27 named tropical storms and ten hurricanes with more than a month left before it officially ends (November 30).

The Mexican government is still delivering aid, including tin roofs, to Yucatán residents affected by Hurricane Delta and Tropical Storm Gamma earlier this month, according to The Associated Press.

STORM ZETA

Photo: NOAA via AP.

The hurricane watch was extended for the Yucatan Peninsula, from Tulum to Dzilam, including Cancun and Cozumel.

In the area under hurricane warning, add wind and storm surge of one to three feet (0.30 to 0.90 meters).

Zeta had been lounging Sunday because it was trapped between two strong high-pressure systems to the east and west, and it couldn’t move north or south because nothing was moving there either, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami

Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said that when a storm stalls, it can dump dangerous downpours into a location and cause flooding.

That happened in 2017 over Houston with Harvey, when more than 60 inches (150 centimeters) of rain fell and in 2019 over the Bahamas with Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which was the worst-case scenario for a stationary storm, he said.

The hurricane center estimated that Zeta could drop 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain over Mexico, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba, before hitting the central US coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Additionally, a remnant of Storm Zeta is expected to produce heavy rains in New York City in the coming days, according to ABC 7.

AccuWeather issued an alert for Thursday as heavy rains could cause flooding in the city.

The storm could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged the citizens of his state to monitor the storm, and the state activated its Crisis Action Team.

The state was hit hard this month by the deadly Hurricane Delta, CNN recalled.

“We are monitoring this system and you should too. It is too early to know what will form or where it will go, but this is an important reminder to stay alert because the hurricane season is not over, ”Edwards wrote in a tweet.

Zeta broke the record for the previous Atlantic named storm number 27 that formed on November 29, 2005, Klotzbach said.

This year’s season has so many storms that the hurricane center has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names.

Zeta is the Greek alphabet that goes the furthest into the Atlantic season.

There was also a tropical storm Zeta in 2005, but that year it had 28 storms because forecasters later came back and found they had missed one, which later became a “storm with no name,” Klotzbach said.

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