Hurricane Zeta Forms in the Atlantic as it Moves Toward the Gulf Coast

By Jeff Berardelli.

The 2020 hurricane season continues to overachieve as Hurricane Zeta formed Monday as it heads toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The storm is taking a track similar to Hurricane Delta, striking near Cozumel, Mexico, and then heading towards the Northern Gulf Coast.

Zeta was located about 45 miles south-southeast of Cozumel with maximum winds of 80 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Monday night. It was moving northwest at 12 mph.

Forecasters predict Zeta will be a low-end hurricane, but it is not expected to be nearly as strong as Hurricane Delta just weeks ago. The system will make landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and Cozumel on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Like Delta, it may weaken briefly over land.

On Tuesday, as the system reemerges over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it will gain a little of its strength back, likely regaining hurricane intensity and staying that way until Wednesday afternoon as it moves north. But on Wednesday, it should run into strong upper-level winds as it nears the Gulf Coast, where the official forecast calls for slight weakening at landfall Wednesday evening.