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Hurricane Zeta update:

Storm Surge, Hurricane, and Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for a portion of the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. as Zeta is expected to make landfall on Wednesday as a category 1 hurricane. Generally, 2 to 6 inches of rain is expected with hurricane-force gusts, and a maximum projected storm surge of 4 to 6 feet.

KEY MESSAGES: 1. Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected in portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico this evening through early Tuesday. Through Tuesday, heavy rainfall is expected across the Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands, and central to western Cuba, which could lead to flash flooding in urban areas. 2. Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect. Residents in the watch areas should follow any advice given by local officials. 3. Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic States near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 26/2100Z 19.5N 86.0W 70 KT 80 MPH 12H 27/0600Z 20.5N 87.7W 75 KT 85 MPH 24H 27/1800Z 22.1N 89.9W 65 KT 75 MPH 36H 28/0600Z 24.2N 91.4W 70 KT 80 MPH 48H 28/1800Z 26.8N 91.4W 70 KT 80 MPH 60H 29/0600Z 30.8N 88.9W 60 KT 70 MPH...INLAND 72H 29/1800Z 35.0N 83.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND 96H 30/1800Z 42.0N 68.0W 35 KT 40 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP 120H 31/1800Z...DISSIPATED

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