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Tropical Storm Zeta forms in Caribbean Sea, expected to become hurricane

Zeta expected to make landfall on Wednesday
Posted at 5:08 PM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 10:22:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean Sea yesterday. The National Hurricane Center expects the tropical storm to strengthen into a hurricane later today as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical Storm Zeta has max winds of 70 mph and is moving to the northwest at 9 mph. On the forecast track, the center 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.

Local impacts from Zeta are expected to be limited to some rain and a few storms through mid week. We'll also likely see hazardous conditions offshore, including strong rip currents and rough surf.

This is a good reminder that we are still in hurricane season. The First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated as things change.

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