Sun, 29 Nov 2020

HOUSTON, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Hurricane Zeta made landfall on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast Wednesday afternoon as a Category 2 storm, said the National Weather Service (NWS).

According to the NWS, Zeta was coming ashore near Cocodrie, Louisiana, with sustained winds of 110 mph (about 176 kilometers per hour).

Zeta almost reached Category 3, considered a major hurricane, which sustained winds would have to exceed 111 miles per hour (about 178 kilometers per hour).

The system is moving north-northeast at 22 miles per hour (about 35 kilometers per hour), forecasters said.

Officials and forecasters warned of power outages, pockets of heavy rain and downed trees as the result of the storm. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said about 1,500 members of the Louisiana National Guard are activated and ready to offer assistance.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other metro-area officials from Louisiana warned residents to be indoors Wednesday afternoon.

"It's coming fast, and it's coming strong," local media quoted Cantrell as saying. "This is not a drill."

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