For the rest of the night, we can expect on and off showers. Winds will be pretty breezy from the east and southeast around 15-25 MPH. Rain chances will increase through Wednesday morning.
More rain is expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening as Zeta gets closer to the coast. We’ll see winds pick up from the east and southeast through the day. Zeta is expected to make landfall as a category one hurricane by Wednesday night in Southeast Louisiana and then pass over South Mississippi. Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties are under a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning. 5-8′ of surge is possible for coastal and low lying areas. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for George and Stone Counties. We would expect the greatest impacts late Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Gusts along the coast could reach over 80 MPH. Gusts inland could reach over 65 MPH. This may lead to power outages. A few spin-up tornadoes are possible as well. Zeta is expected to merge with a cold front, and this front will sweep it to the north and east by Thursday. We could be left with 3-5″ of rain in some spots.
Cooler and drier air will move in by Friday with highs in the low 70s. Halloween looks beautiful and mild with highs in the 70s.