Hurricane Zeta Forecast To Strike Louisiana At Cat 2

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Hurricane Zeta is expected to be a Category 2 storm at landfall in southeast Louisiana, forecasters said Wednesday morning. The storm strengthened overnight and now is forecast to have winds of 100 mph before landfall.

Life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds are expected in southeast Louisiana starting around mid-day Wednesday, forecasters said. Landfall is expected Wednesday afternoon. Watches and warnings are in effect for southeast Louisiana. Metro New Orleans is under a hurricane warning.

Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion, forecasters said. The storm has winds of 90 mph, which is a Category 1 hurricane. It is expected to continue strengthening Wednesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, with peak winds reaching 100 mph.