Zeta was strengthening over Gulf waters Tuesday night, and could make landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Wednesday.
A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lower Jefferson, Lower Lafourche, Lower Plaquemines, Lower St. Bernard, Lower Terrebonne, Orleans, Southern Tangipahoa, St. Charles, St. John The Baptist, St. Tammany, and Upper St. Bernard.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Ascension, Assumption, Livingston, St. James, Upper Jefferson, Upper Lafourche, Upper Plaquemines, and Upper Terrebonne.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Northern Tangipahoa, Pearl River, Pike, St. Helena, Walthall, and Washington.
WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area on the northern Gulf Coast Wednesday afternoon, with tropical storm conditions beginning Wednesday morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm Warning area on the northern Gulf Coast by late Wednesday, and tropical storm conditions are possible within the Tropical Storm Watch area Wednesday afternoon.
Damaging winds, especially in gusts, will spread well inland across portions of southeast Mississippi and southern Alabama Wednesday night.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Navarre Florida
Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Pensacola Bay and Mobile Bay
"A life-threatening storm surge is expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late Wednesday, with the highest inundation occurring somewhere between the Mouth of the Pearl River and Dauphin Island, Alabama. Residents in the Storm Surge Warning area should follow any advice given by local officials," said the National Hurricane Center.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
Morgan City Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border
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
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana
RAINFALL: Locally heavy rains in advance of Zeta will continue to expand and move north from the central Gulf Coast tonight through Wednesday, eventually affecting the Ohio Valley to the central Appalachians Wednesday night and Thursday. Meanwhile, the core of heavy rains near Zeta will track from the central Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic late Wednesday through late Thursday. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts of 6 inches are expected across these areas, resulting in flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding.