Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Zeta nears hurricane strength

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre

Photo: US National Hurricane Centre

Hurricane conditions remain present over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as Tropical Storm Zeta journeys towards North America.

At 10 am CDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Zeta was located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea about 140 miles (230 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

 Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). 

On the forecast track, the centre of Zeta will move near or over the northern Yucatan Peninsula later today or tonight, move over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Zeta has maximum sustained winds that are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre.

Strengthening is forecast to take place and Zeta is expected to become a hurricane later today. 

Some weakening is likely while Zeta moves over the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and early Tuesday and then strengthen again while it moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico later.

A Hurricane Warning continues for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Dzilam and Cozumel. Hurricane conditions are expected there later today.

A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as two to four feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast in the Hurricane Warning area near and to the north of where the centre makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula.

A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Pinar del Rio Cuba and Mexico from south of Tulum to Punta Allen and from west of Dzilam to Progreso.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm Warning area of Mexico and Cuba by late today.

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