Meteorological Service of Jamaica

10/27/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2020 04:18

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:00 a.m.

***...ZETA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA... ...STORM SURGE AND HURRICANE WARNINGS ISSUED FOR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...*

At 4:00 a.m, the center of Tropical Storm Zeta was located over the northern Yucatan Peninsula near latitude 21.0 North, longitude 88.4 West. Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 22 km/h, and this general motion is forecast to continue today. Zeta should turn toward the north tonight, and a faster northward to north-northeastward motion is expected on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico later this morning, and over the central Gulf of Mexico tonight. Zeta is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and make landfall within the hurricane warning area late Wednesday or Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 km/h with higher gusts. Zeta is
forecast to re-strengthen when it moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico later this morning,
and become a hurricane again later today. Zeta is forecast to be at or near
hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast late Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Zeta is not a threat to Jamaica.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system.

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