- Tropical storm Zeta became a hurricane on Monday towards the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula
- Zeta, the 11th hurricane of the season, is now moving at 17 kilometers per hour (10 mph) in a northwesterly direction, after being nearly stationary as a storm Sunday.
- Hurricane Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday
Tropical storm Zeta became a hurricane this Monday towards the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of about 130 kilometers per hour (80 m / h), although with stronger gusts, indicated a special bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
At 3:10 p.m. ET, a US Air Force reconnaissance plane located its center 170 kilometers (105 m) southeast of the Mexican island of Cozumel.
Zeta, the 11th hurricane of the season, is now moving at 17 kilometers per hour (10 mph) in a northwesterly direction, having been nearly stationary as a storm Sunday.
On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will pass near or over the north of the Yucatan Peninsula at the end of the day today, and will move over the south of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
A day later it will approach the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, according to the latest NHC bulletin.
The Cozumel area and also the coast from Tulum to Dzilam are under a hurricane warning and other tropical storm warnings apply for Pinar del Río (western Cuba) and the Mexican Caribbean coast.
Zeta’s speed is expected to pick up in the coming days as it veers north and will pick up again when it heads north-northeast on Wednesday.
Louisiana, Mississipi and Alabama are in the Zeta track cone, according to NHC charts.
The route of this hurricane is being the most frequent in this active cyclonic season, which has already had 28 named tropical storms and eleven hurricanes with more than a month to go before it officially ends (November 30).