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Marginal risk from Hurricane Zeta in Big Bend area

Posted at 4:55 PM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 13:56:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Hurricane Center says a tornado threat associated with Zeta has expanded eastward to include a marginal risk to the Big Bend area and southern Georgia Friday.

Hurricane Zeta could produce flash flooding across portions of the Deep South and then across portions of the Mid-Atlantic through Friday morning.

Hurricane Zeta is forecast to bring two to four inches of rain with isolated areas receiving six inches near portions of the central Gulf Coast.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, La. to Navarre, Fla., including adjacent bays and lakes. Maximum inundation could be as high as five to eight feet above ground level along portions of the Mississippi and Alabama coasts.

Local winds should be pretty tame as Zeta makes landfall and moves inland.

Tropical-storm-force wind probabilities have most of us between 10-20 percent to see winds in excess of 39 mph. Thursday gusts may reach up to 20-30 mph, but nothing significant or damaging

Zeta's forecast track has shifted slightly to the west and should be in the central Gulf late Tuesday, followed by landfall in the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

As of now, most of the models have Zeta west of the Big Bend area.

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