HURRICANE ZETA UPDATE 8 (Oct. 28 2pm)
Hurricane Zeta has strengthened since this morning and is now a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph. The storm is about 145 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is expected to make landfall later this afternoon as a Category 2, according to the latest update from the National Weather Service.
The main impacts from Zeta in Kenner will be strong winds that could cause power outages, some structural damage to buildings and down trees. Sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph, with the potential for gusts to 70 mph and perhaps a bit higher, are possible. The strongest winds are likely to arrive between 4 and 6 p.m.
The bands of rain from Zeta should reach our area in the early afternoon hours and continue through the night. The strongest rains are expected beginning by about 4 p.m., with 2 to 4 inches expected, with some areas getting heavier amounts.
Kenner is currently under a Hurricane Warning, A Flash Flood Watch and a Tornado Watch. Conditions will deteriorate quickly, with some of the heaviest weather expected between 4 and 6 p.m. However, the storm is moving extremely quickly and should be through the area by midnight with cool, clear conditions by Thursday morning.
Mayor Zahn and the staff of the Emergency Management Department ask residents to only complete storm preparations for the family and pets - including cleaning out storm drains and securing loose items and any Halloween decorations – while it is safe to do so. 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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