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Tropical Storm Zeta Threatens Gulf Coast Again
By West Kentucky Star Staff
GULF OF MEXICO - Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the western Caribbean Sunday morning, and is poised to move into the Gulf of Mexico tonight and threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane by midweek.

Zeta is the 27th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, tying the all-time record set in 2005. It's the 4th storm to batter the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico this year, and the 7th to threaten Louisiana.

It's currently edging north with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, but it could be a Category 1 hurricane by the time it crosses the Yucatan and enters the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

Early indications are that Zeta could lose intensity and revert to a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall as it steers toward the central and eastern Gulf coast.  The first "cone" of its estimated path released by the National Weather Service includes Louisiana on the west, and eastward through Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida panhandle. That region has already had to deal with four other tropical systems: Laura, Marco, Sally and Delta.

The same estimates from computer models point to Zeta's remnants taking a familiar path up the Mississippi River toward Tennessee and Kentucky later this week.

Published 06:09 PM, Sunday Oct. 25, 2020
Updated 03:56 PM, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020

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