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The Latest: Zeta just shy of reaching Category 3 status

Last Updated Oct 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm MST

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at 1 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Zeta in the Gulf of Mexico nearing Louisiana. (NOAA via AP)

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Zeta is just short of being considered a major hurricane as it speeds toward storm-weary Louisiana with New Orleans squarely in its path. Forecasters say the storm is estimated to make landfall in southeast Louisiana on Wednesday afternoon. In a 3 p.m. update, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm has top sustained winds of 110 mph, just 1 mph shy of becoming a powerful Category 3 storm. Zeta is located about 60 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and is racing north-northeast. Tropical storm warnings have been issued as far away as the north Georgia mountains, which is highly unusual.

The Associated Press