My prayers are with all the families, friends and businesses in all areas!
Hurricane Zeta, a category 2 hurricane, is making landfall as I post this. Hurricanes move at a way far higher rate of speed as even a few weeks ago, as the hurricane season moves into the ultra fast-moving sector of the mid-fall season. This storm is due to move at such a speed, it will be in the northeast by tomorrow. Hurricanes will continue to move faster and faster as the weeks go on due to the faster moving fall season’s jet stream upper altitude winds and the tilt of the axis versus sun angle.
More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
Atlantic Tropical Report: I will keep an eye on everything else, but we are moving into the dangerous area of Hurricane Zeta.
Have a hurricane plan in action or visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness. Please adhere to safety measures and stay out of the way of danger! This storm is capable of major damage, and the category number hurricane is too early to identify right now. So, please take care of your families and get to high ground, away from coastal areas. Prepare early, as traffic can be a downfall of your escape plans. Every minute counts, so start a sleeping schedule so your family can share in a drive to escape plan. Fast moving storms like this tend to have way worse storm surge because the system is moving very fast and the swells have no other alternative but to make landfall very hard! Do NOT think that you can sit out the storm! This is going to have torrential rains, tornadoes, wind, damage, flying debris, and unfortunately a large amount of deaths. Also, make sure that your pets and livestock are not subject to this storm. Make arrangements accordingly. Current posting from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
…CONDITIONS DETERIORATING ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST…
– A Hurricane Warning continues for Morgan City LA to the MS/AL state line, incl. Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans. Hurricane conditions are expected there this afternoon, with tropical storm conditions beginning later this morning. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
– A Storm Surge Warning continues from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Navarre FL, incl. Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Pensacola Bay and Mobile Bay. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
– Mouth of the Pearl River to Dauphin Island AL…6-9 ft
– Port Fourchon LA to the Mouth of the Mississippi River…5-8 ft
– Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Mouth of the Pearl River including Lake Borgne…5-7 ft
– Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Port Fourchon LA…4-6 ft
– Mobile Bay…4-6 ft
– Dauphin Island AL to AL/FL border…3-5 ft
– Lake Pontchartrain..
– AL/FL state line to Navarre FL incl. Pensacola Bay…2-4 ft
– Intracoastal City LA to the Mouth of the Atchafalaya River including Vermilion Bay…1-3 ft
– Navarre FL to Yankeetown FL including Choctawhatchee Bay and Saint Andrew Bay…1-3 ft
– A Tropical Storm Warning continues from the MS/AL state line to Walton/Bay County Line FL. Tropical storm conditions are expected by late today.
– Damaging winds, especially in gusts, will spread well inland across portions of southeastern Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Georgia this evening through early Thursday morning, and into the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia on Thursday. Wind gusts could be especially severe across the southern Appalachian Mountains on Thursday.
A few tornadoes are expected this afternoon through tonight over southeastern parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the western Panhandle of Florida. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office –www.weather.gov
At 10 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Zeta was centered over the Gulf of Mexico about 220 miles (355 km) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 235 miles (380 km) south-southwest
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/
Areas of heavy rainfall, both in advance of and along the track of Zeta, will impact areas from the central Gulf Coast to the Mid-Mississippi
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 4 p.m. CDT with an intermediate advisory at 1 p.m. CDT – www.hurricanes.
Other Tropical Systems: Epsilon has became sub-tropical and moved over northern Europe near the Gulf Stream channel way east of Iceland. Visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.
La Niña is officially declared as the cause of such the active record-matching hurricane season this year, with names at letter “F” in the Greek alphabet. The Atlantic season has tied the year of 2005 at this point in its very active season, considering it started off so quietly and with dust plumes in June and July. Check out the Wikipedia caption: Atlantic hurricane season
My apologies: I am unable to sit for any extended period of time due to a knee effusion. I intended on having far more posts, but I am not exactly following doctor’s orders getting the posts up that I did, ALL for you!
Sharing safety measures from my previous 2018 blog post: Tips For Playing it Safe During a Hurricane: Here Comes Florence!
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