In the early hours of Thursday, Zeta was demoted to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), which reported gusts to 95 km / h. She was in Georgia and should leave the mainland tomorrow.
Zeta, the 11th named storm to hit the United States this year, made a record landing as a Category 2 hurricane, on a scale of 5, about 100 kilometers south of Nova Scotia. Orleans.
The effects of seven storms or hurricanes were felt, to varying degrees, in Louisiana, which was particularly affected this season.
A hurricane alert has been issued that stretches over 300 kilometers from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in some coastal areas.
Nearly two million people are also without power in the southern United States.
In addition to the winds and heavy rain expected, the NHC also warned of the dangers posed by the rising sea waters: A coastal submersion alert is in place for a whole part of the coastline, with a swell expected at more than 3 meters.
The inhabitants of New Orleans, lapped in the exercise, completed the preparations Wednesday before the arrival of Zeta: stored provisions, in anticipation of water or electricity cuts, and houses protected by sandbags or plywood.
For the people who live here, it's just part of living here60-year-old Geoff Wallace told AFP.
The good thing about this one is that it moves fast.
Zeta is moving at a speed of 40 km / h, which reduces the risk of flooding in New Orleans. The latter is still traumatized by the passage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which had time to flood 80% of the city and cause around 1,500 deaths in Louisiana.
“It seems pretty clear now that Zeta will hit New Orleans directly. Finish getting ready this morning, ”city mayor LaToya Cantrell tweeted in the morning. “Make sure you have water, food and medicine for everyone in your household. "
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for his part called on people to stay home, adding on Twitter that if
today was hard, we continue to suffer from Zeta, everyone must listen to local instructions and follow curfews where they are declared.
In some particularly affected coastal areas, curfews have been declared.
President Donald Trump approved the declaration of a state of emergency for Louisiana on Tuesday evening, allowing federal resources to be released, the White House announced.
Hurricane Zeta, which had formed over the Caribbean Sea, made landfall Monday evening in the vicinity of Ciudad Chemuyil, in the state of Quintano Roo, Mexico. Its passage did not make any victims there, according to its governor. It was then downgraded to a tropical storm before regaining power and hitting the United States. Thursday morning, the storm was in Georgia and it should leave the mainland tomorrow.
The hurricane season, which is not yet over, is particularly intense this year. Due to the exhaustion of the list of expected Latin names, meteorologists began to identify them with the Greek alphabet.
As the surface of the oceans warms, hurricanes become more powerful, according to scientists, who predict an increase in the proportion of category 4 and 5 cyclones, the most destructive.
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