(WXXV) — As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Zeta had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph with higher gusts.
Zeta is forecast to re-strengthen when it moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico later this morning, and become a hurricane again later today.
Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph, and this general motion is forecast to continue today.
Zeta should turn toward the north tonight, and a faster northward to north-northeastward motion is expected on Wednesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico later this morning and over the central Gulf of Mexico tonight.
Zeta is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and make landfall within the hurricane warning area late Wednesday or Wednesday night.
Zeta is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast late Wednesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 140 miles from the center of the storm.
WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
- A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.
- A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Mississippi/Alabama border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida. An inland Tropical Storm Warning includes Pearl River, Stone, and George counties, as well as a large portion of south-central Mississippi, South Alabama, and Northwest Florida.
- A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Navarre, Florida, including Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Vermilion Bay, Pensacola Bay, and Mobile Bay.