Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 500 PM EDT, the center of Hurricane Zeta was located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 90.6 West, about 65 miles south southwest of New Orleans Louisiana.
Zeta is moving toward the north-northeast near 24 mph. A faster north- northeastward motion is expected through tonight followed by an even faster northeastward motion on Thursday and an east-northeastward motion early Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast this evening, and then move across the southeastern and eastern United States on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Weakening will occur while Zeta moves over the southeastern United States on Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Navarre Florida
The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb (28.65 inches).
Data and graphic credit: National Hurricane Center