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Hurricane Zeta track puts Acadiana at risk once again

William Taylor Potter
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

The Acadiana region once again finds itself in the potential path of a hurricane as Hurricane Zeta works its way toward the Gulf Coast.

All told, Louisiana has spent about four weeks in the National Hurricane Center's one- to three-day "cone of uncertainty," which shows a storm's probable track. That's seven different tropical systems so far this season.

The state has spent a total of 28 days in the one- to three-day cone and 40 days in the one- to five-day cone, according to archived reports from the National Hurricane Center. The storms that targeted Louisiana were Cristobal, Laura, Marco, Sally, Beta, Delta and, currently, Zeta.

Hurricane Zeta is in the western Caribbean and continues to strengthen. The storm became a hurricane Monday and is expected to make landfall on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula overnight, said National Weather Service meteorologist Donald Jones.

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The National Weather Service anticipates the storm will move into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and turn north toward the Gulf Coast. It's expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast either as a tropical storm or a category-1 hurricane late Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center's most recent update shows the storm could make landfall anywhere from Acadiana to the Florida panhandle.

"There is still, unfortunately, a lot of uncertainty with regards to where exactly the storm is going to go, though," Jones said. "Our computer model's spread is still pretty wide."

While there is still a lot of uncertainty and a general lack of confidence in the forecasted track, Jones said the current path would have Lafayette receiving less than 1 inch of rain from Zeta. But Jones said it's too early to give detailed predictions on what individual parishes may see.

Track Zeta's path here

The National Hurricane Center has recorded maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, it said in an advisory. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 115 miles from the storm's center. The storm is moving northwest at about 10 miles per hour.

An advisory said the storm is expected to weaken once it hits the Yucatan peninsula, but it's likely to strengthen back into a hurricane when it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

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