Hurricane Zeta made landfall on the southeastern coast of Louisiana near Cocodrie, according to the latest information from the National Hurricane Center.
Zeta, is now a Category 2 hurricane due to its winds of almost 177 km / h. Waves of up to 15 meters have been observed in the Gulf of Mexico and a storm surge of up to 3.4 meters is possible in some places in the next few hours.
The hurricane is moving at about 40 km / h and New Orleans will see a rapid increase in winds and storm surges in the next few hours.
Winds and downed power lines and trees will cause widespread power outages from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic.
Zeta made landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula north of Tulum, Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane Monday night, weakened slightly to a tropical storm, but strengthened early Wednesday morning again.
Hurricane warnings extend from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi / Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and the New Orleans metropolitan area.
The New Orleans metropolitan area is bracing for tropical storm-force winds, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding from Hurricane Zeta.
The hurricane is expected to accelerate significantly after making landfall.
Zeta is the fifth named storm, following Cristóbal, Laura, Marco and Delta. Zeta also leads Louisiana to tie Florida (2005) for the most landfalls of any state in a season.