It is expected to re-strengthen to a hurricane by this time.
After making landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, tropical storm Zeta moves toward the Gulf Coast, and locals are bracing for its impact.
Zeta made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula north of Tulum, Mexico, on Monday evening as a category one hurricane, bringing heavy rain and storm surge to the region hit by hurricane Delta just three weeks ago, the national hurricane watch center said.
It weakened slightly to tropical storm level but is expected to re-strengthen to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall on the US coast expected on Wednesday.
Hurricane warnings were issued for an area stretching from Morgan City in Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border, including New Orleans and its suburbs.
In New Orleans, authorities said that as hurricane Zeta approaches, the city is preparing for powerful winds, heavy rains, and coastal flooding between 120 and 180 centimeters high.