Along the Path of Laura and Delta: Hurricane Zeta Goes to Louisiana
Hurricane Zeta is heading for storm-racked Louisiana. Its landfall is expected on Wednesday afternoon, October 28, in the New Orleans area where the flood risk has been declared. More about the hurricane told the publication Bay News9.
Life-threatening storm surges and high winds are expected around noon along the US Gulf Coast. This is already the 27th named storm of the historically intense Atlantic hurricane season.
Louisiana has already been hit by two tropical storms and two hurricanes. New Orleans has been caught seven times this year for potential tropical cyclones, each of which deviated east or west.
“I don’t think we’re so lucky with this,” said Colin Arnold, head of the city's emergency department.
As the Zetas approached, New Orleans officials announced that the turbine powering the city's aging drainage pumping system was out of service on Sunday, October 25, with no quick repairs expected. The New Orleans area is projected to receive 2 to 6 inches (5 to 15 centimeters) of rain, but Zeta is expected to be a relatively rapid storm that could potentially reduce the flood threat.
On Tuesday, October 27, the Zeta swept across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, weakening to a tropical storm on land, and then re-intensified over the Gulf of Mexico. The Zeta path is not too different from that of Hurricane Laura, which caused at least 27 deaths in Louisiana since it hit in August, and Hurricane Delta, which exacerbated the damage Laura did in the same area just weeks later.
Early Wednesday, the Zeta's strong winds increased to 90 mph (150 km per hour) and its forward motion increased to 17 mph (28 km per hour). The center moved north, about 265 miles per hour (430 km per hour) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Hurricane warnings are in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama and Mississippi border, including Lake Pontchartrain and New Orleans. A tropical storm warning is in effect in the Panhandle area of western Florida, which has resulted in early polling stations closing for several hours in three counties.
The hurricane center is due to land in southeastern Louisiana in the afternoon and move to the Mississippi in the evening before heading to the southeastern United States on Thursday, Oct.29, the National Hurricane Center said.
- Staying Encouraged (@OutSpokAdventur) October 28, 2020
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asked US President Donald Trump to declare disaster ahead of the hurricane. He and Alabama Governor Kay Ivy have declared a state of emergency, as have Mayor Andrew Gilich in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Tuesday evening October 27.
“There is no doubt that we have seen a lot this year, with COVID-19 and so many threats from so many storms,” Gilic said. "But this storm shows that there is more to come."
Record hurricane season
Zeta broke the previous record for the 27th Atlantic storm, named more than a month before November 29, 2005. It is also the 11th hurricane this season. On average, there are six hurricanes and 12 storms per season.
The extremely busy hurricane season has drawn attention to the role of climate change, which scientists say is causing stronger and more destructive storms.
With the approach of the next storm, anxiety has accumulated among the people left homeless. The state has sheltered about 3600 evacuees from Laura and the Delta, most of whom are in New Orleans hotels.
“I’m tired physically and mentally,” said Yolanda Lockett of Lake Charles.
Many coastal residents resumed training for the hurricane.
On Dauphin Island, off the coast of Alabama, workers at the Dauphin Island marina prepare to meet Zeta, although in some places there is nothing to defend since Hurricane Sully in September.
- Robin (@rjbnumberthree) October 26, 2020
“At the moment we have no docks or fuel pumps. Sally destroyed everything, ”said employee Jess Dwalibi.
In the coastal parish of Saint Bernard in Louisiana, east of New Orleans, Robert Campo prepared his harbor for another hurricane.
“We have suspended fishing and shrimp fishing. It's only four or five days, but the economy is not standing still, ”he said.
“I've never seen anything like it,” said Thomas Haimel, a consultant at the Agricultural Center in Gineretta. He said the storms have left seafood harvesting devices idle for more than a month, amid falling restaurant demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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