Zeta Brings Potential Impacts to Central Alabama
UPDATE: Zeta is now a category 1 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts.
Reported on October 26, 2020 at 6:45 am
I don’t know about you, but it seems like it has been a never-ending hurricane season. It’s been so active; we are well into the Greek naming scheme. The Farmer’s Almanac predicted an “extremely active season.” However, the “number of observed storms has now exceeded those forecasts.”
Currently, Zeta is continuing to strengthen in the northwest Caribbean Sea. Top wind speeds are at 70 mph and moving at 9 mph. It will continue to track in a northwestward progression.
According the National Hurricane Center, “NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft finds Zeta rapidly strengthening.” Tuesday, Zeta will make a northward turn. Also, it is still predicted to develop into a hurricane. If that does happen, Zeta will become the 11th hurricane in the Atlantic hurricane season.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO OUR LISTENING AREAS
West and Central Alabama could experience some impacts from Zeta. “A storm system will pick up the system and move it quickly over our area Wednesday and Thursday with heavy rain (2-4 inches possible), windy conditions (30-45 mph possible) and a few brief tornadoes Wednesday evening and overnight south and southeast,” said the National Weather Service Birmingham.
After Zeta makes landfall on the northern Gulf Coast, it will bring a widespread rain area to the United States' southern and eastern parts. This impact will happen Tuesday night through Thursday.
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