Hurricane Zeta continues to move northward across the central Gulf and is forecast to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana this afternoon. Zeta is expected to move rapidly northeastward across southeast Mississippi and Alabama this evening into tonight. Multiple regional impacts are expected, including damaging winds, deadly storm surge, heavy rain, dangerous surf and rip currents, and a few tornadoes. A tornado watch is in effect.
We remain very concerned about the damaging wind potential as Zeta moves across our area this evening into tonight. The Hurricane Warning has been extended inland into Stone, George, Perry, and Greene counties in southeast Mississippi where frequent gusts over hurricane force are expected. A few gusts near hurricane force still cannot be ruled out over portions of interior southwest Alabama late this evening. Tropical storm force winds will impact much of the rest of our region. Numerous trees and power lines may be downed. If leaning and/or weakened trees are near your home, please have a plan to prepare and be as safe as possible! Deadly storm surge will also impact coastal Alabama and the western Florida panhandle west of Navarre. The highest surge values of 6 to 9 feet are expected along coastal areas of southern Mobile County, including Dauphin Island. 4 to 6 feet of surge is expected to impact Mobile Bay. Surge of 2 to 4 feet will impact the western Florida panhandle coast and bays west of Navarre.