Published: 2020-10-29 14:54
Last Updated: 2020-10-29 14:54
Hurricane Zeta began sweeping Louisiana in the south of the United States Wednesday afternoon after entering the US mainland from the coast of the state overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane was ccompanied by winds of 175 km per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Zeta, the eleventh storm to hit the United States this year, made landfall from the town of Cocodre, 100 km south of New Orleans in southeastern Louisiana, a state hit this year by seven storms of varying degrees.
Zeta is a Category 2 hurricane on a five-degree ascending scale.
Authorities issued a hurricane warning covering areas extending 300 kilometers from Morgan, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
The US National Hurricane Center, headquartered in Miami, Florida, warned that the hurricane, in addition to high winds and heavy rain, would cause huge waves and sea level rise.
In September, meteorologists began using the Greek alphabet to name hurricanes after they exhausted their annual list of Latin names prepared in advance.
As the surface temperature of the oceans increases, the strength of hurricanes increases, according to scientists who expect a rise in the percentage of hurricanes from the fourth and fifth categories of the most destructive.