HURRICANE ZETA UPDATE 7 - Oct. 28 10:30am
Hurricane Zeta has strengthened overnight and now has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm is 265 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is expected to continue to strengthen as it approaches the southeast Louisiana coast. Landfall is expected late this afternoon as a Category 2 storm with winds near 100 mph, according to the latest update from the National Weather Service.
The storm is moving very fast and the wind and rain impacts from Zeta are expected to last about 6 hours. By Thursday morning, Zeta will be out of the area and no rain or strong winds are expected.
While 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible through tonight, with some locally heavier amounts that could produce some street flooding, Zeta will primarily be a significant wind event, forecasters said.
Sustained tropical force winds that could result in downed and uprooted trees, power outages and damage to weaker and poorly-constructed buildings will begin this afternoon and continue through the evening. Gusts to near hurricane strength are possible. In addition, some isolated tornadoes also are possible.
Mayor Ben Zahn and the staff of the Emergency Management Department remind residents there is just a short window this morning to complete storm preparations, including cleaning out storm drains and securing loose items and any Halloween decorations. Have a storm plan in place and be sure to have emergency supplies and medications on hand for all members of the family, including pets. For a full list of hurricane preparation tips, go to http://www.kenner.la.us/pages/section_77_219.asp
Residents should stay off the roads if at all possible, especially in high profile vehicles that could be affected by the strong winds. Do not approach any downed power line because it could be charged. Report power outages and concerns to Entergy at 1-800-968-8243.
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