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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The current NHC forecast has Zeta strengthening into a category 1 hurricane later and maintaining that status over the warm waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico even after moving away from the Yucatan.
Right now, it is forecast to make landfall as a low-end category one hurricane or a strong tropical storm during the second half of Wednesday. Landfall is becoming increasingly likely in southeast Louisiana at this time, but a landfall is still possible as far east as the AL/FL line and as far west as Central Louisiana.
Zeta is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico by tomorrow morning. A ridge of high pressure over Florida is currently building to the west which is steering Zeta to the northwest currently. Tuesday into Wednesday we will start to see a low-pressure system/cold front move in from the west. This will eventually turn Zeta to the north and northeast. The uncertainty comes in with how quickly this cold front moves into our region and how soon that turn happens.
At this point, our neighborhood is in the cone of uncertainty, but changes are expected in the forecast as Zeta develops. Right now it is still too early for specifics on impacts, but there will be the potential for heavy rain, dangerous surf, strong winds, and a few tornadoes.
Continue to follow the forecast closely and review your hurricane preparedness plan
Thanks to some dry air, your work week will start off dry with highs in the mid-to-upper 70’s inland and lower 80’s closer to the coast. At the beaches, there is a low risk for rip currents Monday, but that risk increases as we approach midweek due to Zeta moving into the Gulf.
As we approach midweek, our weather locally will greatly depend on the eventual track of Zeta. After Zeta moves away Fall weather will return to the Gulf Coast with days in the 70s, nights in the 50s, and dry skies