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ZETA ALMOST A HURRICANE IN THE GULF

Zeta remains on the verge of hurricane intensity as it continues on track for the Yucatan Peninsula. Though confidence is increasing that the storm’s eventual track will be east of us, it’s still prudent to monitor the storm, particularly for those with interests on the Gulf and right on the immediate coastline due to increased seas and tides.

Zeta has increased its forward speed slightly and remains on track for the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has not reached hurricane intensity yet but is expected to do so today before any Mexico landfall.

From there, confidence is increasing that the storm’s track will be well to our east, mitigating concern for most of Southeast Texas. However, the potential for tropical-storm-force winds over parts of the nearshore Gulf is still greater than zero, and at the least, the storm should generate higher seas and increased tides right on the Gulf coast. Further, land interaction could always cause unforeseen changes in the storm when it enters the Gulf.

Because of that, it’s prudent to continue to monitor this storm, especially if you have interests on the Gulf and/or on the immediate coastline.