Meteorological Service of Jamaica

10/26/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/26/2020 04:16

NEWS RELEASE

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:00 a.m.

***...NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT FINDS ZETA RAPIDLY STRENGTHENING......HURRICANE CONDITIONS AND STORM SURGE EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA BY LATE TODAY...***

At 4:00 a.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Zeta was located by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 18.7 North, longitude 84.3 West. Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 15 km/h. A northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected over the day or so, followed by a turn toward the north Tuesday night. A faster northward to north-northeastward motion is forecast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the centre of Zeta will move near or over the northern Yucatan Peninsula later today or tonight, move over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 km/h with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast, and Zeta is expected to become a hurricane later this morning. Additional strengthening is expected before Zeta moves over the Yucatan Peninsula.

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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