Tropical Storm Zeta strengthens considerably within the Caribbean

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Tropical Storm Zeta formed early Sunday morning and exploded in the western Caribbean south of Cuba during the day.

From 11 p.m. on Sunday, the winds of the storm blew up to 100 km / h – 50 percent higher than 12 hours ago.

Zeta was moving north-west to north-west at just 2 miles per hour late Sunday evening.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm hit 260 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico at 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Zeta could gain hurricane strength by Tuesday, landing anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle mid-week to the end of the week.

The center of the storm is expected to run south of western Cuba on Monday, moving near or across the northern Yucatan Peninsula or the Yucatan Channel by late Monday, moving into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and the central Gulf of Mexico by late Tuesday Reach Mexico.

Zeta is the 27th named storm of the year and is part of a storm of the record 2005 season with 28 storms. Zeta is the most distant Greek alphabet that a hurricane season has ever hit.

A storm in 2005 was found in the postseason analysis, so it was not named that year.

Central North Carolina is not likely to have a direct impact, although the moisture from this system is likely to be combined with a cold front to bring additional rain here to close the month of October.

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