Heavy Rain, Flood Threat Across Midwest and South as Zeta Approaches US

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Hurricane Zeta will make landfall on Wednesday afternoon along the US Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rain and flood warnings that stretch from Oklahoma eastward to Virginia, southward to Gulf Coast, and snow and ice for Midwest.

Heavy rain and flood warnings from Oklahoma to Virginia, to Gulf Coast

With the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Zeta on Wednesday afternoon, much of the South is under the threat of heavy rain and potential flash flooding. The tropical storm, in combination with an existing winter storm across parts of the Midwest, will bring a flood risk over a large swath of the US on Wednesday.

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Flash flood watches are in effect for portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia, into portions of the Midwest including southern Kansas, northern Oklahoma, southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and into the Ohio Valley including southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southern Indiana.

Hurricane Zeta to make landfall on Wednesday

Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm on Wednesday afternoon. As of early Monday, Zeta had winds of 75 mph, and was moving at 15 mph, located about 365 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Zeta is expected to bring heavy wind, rain and storm surges that were forecast to reach between 5 to 8 feet above normal tide levels along the US Gulf coastline by midday Wednesday, CNN forecast.

Snow and ice to Southwest and Midwest

The unseasonable winter storm is still lingering over parts of the Southwest and Midwest where, on Wednesday, snowfall is expected over parts of southern Colorado into northern, central, and eastern New Mexico, as well as the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning over freezing rain occurring in portions of the eastern Texas Panhandle, western Oklahoma, and south-central/southwestern Kansas.

US weather forecast: October 28, 2020

West: San Francisco 71, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 77, sunny; Reno 68, sunny; Las Vegas 77, sunny; Salt Lake City 55, sunny; Denver 49, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 58, mostly cloudy; Medford 78, sunny; Boise 58, sunny; Cut Bank 37, mostly cloudy; Billings 41, partly cloudy; me know 45, rain; Rapid City 46, partly cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 71, sunny; Albuquerque 48, snow; El Paso 58, sunny; San Antonio 66, partly cloudy; Brownsville 71, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 39, snow; Dallas 50, rain; Oklahoma City 41, rain; Kansas City 46, rain; Minneapolis 47, partly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 52, mostly sunny; St. Louis 53, rain; Detroit 52, mostly sunny; Cincinnati 60, cloudy.

South: Houston 56, rain; New Orleans 81, thunderstorms; Memphis 63, rain; Atlanta 75, thunderstorms; Charlotte 73, rain; Jacksonville 86, partly cloudy; Tampa 91, partly cloudy; Miami 86, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 76, cloudy; Washington, D.C. 73, cloudy; Buffalo 52, partly cloudy; New York City 64, rain; Boston 50, rain; Caribou 37, cloudy.