Zeta strengthens into Hurricane again as warnings are issued for New Orleans

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Zeta has gained strength and is a hurricane again with winds of 90 mph.

The storm is moving over the relatively warm water of the Gulf of Mexico and is headed for the Louisiana coast.

Zeta was a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning with winds of 85 mph as it moves toward the north. It’s expected to pack winds of 100 mph as it slams into land later today.

A hurricane warning has been issued for eastern Louisiana and into Mississippi, including New Orleans and Biloxi. The biggest threat is a storm surge that’s forecast to be up to 7 feet in Louisiana and up to 9 feet in Alabama and Mississippi. Winds gusting between 75 and 100 mph could be possible in New Orleans.

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for Alabama and Florida’s panhandle.

A storm surge warning has been issued for Mobile Bay west to eastern Louisiana. Note that storm surge could reach six feet in the area.

After Zeta hits the Gulf Coast, it will weaken and join a northern storm system that could bring heavy rain, gusty winds and even snow to the Northeast by Friday.

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