Tropical Storm Eta will likely form for the first time in history

Tropical Storm Eta will likely form for the first time in history

By Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producer 2020 just won’t quit. Hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30, which means we have one more month of storms left. The next system brewing in the western Caribbean has a 90% chance of development in the next 2 to 5 days. If the system forms, it will be named “Eta.” Eta is the seventh letter of the Greek Alphabet, which is what weather forecasters use after all the…

Read More

2020 Atlantic hurricane season is one storm away from breaking all-time record

2020 Atlantic hurricane season is one storm away from breaking all-time record

The end of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is finally near, but there is a chance another storm could form early next week. The next named storm, Eta, could develop in the western Caribbean. There is a 40% chance a tropical depression will develop in the next two days and an 80% chance it will develop in the next five days. While current models show no impact to the United States, meteorologists say Eta is…

Read More

Thousands still without power following fast-moving Tropical Storm Zeta

Thousands still without power following fast-moving Tropical Storm Zeta

Fallen trees could be spotted all across the area in the aftermath of Zeta and now begins the clean-up. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s going to be a long night for thousands of local families as downed trees and powerlines are still causing power outages across the Charlotte-area.   Tropical Storm Zeta’s powerful winds raced through North Carolina and South Carolina today, cutting power to more than 500,000 Duke Energy customers at the height of the…

Read More

Iredell-Statesville Schools go virtual due to storm damage

Iredell-Statesville Schools go virtual due to storm damage

One tree went crashing down through the roof of a postal worker’s vehicle. It was left in ruins. IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — In Statesville, debris, downed power lines, and trees were uprooted as severe weather swept across the Carolinas. “A lot of these trees they’re not broken off, they’re just coming up out of the roots,” resident, Eddie Johnson said.  Iredell-Statesville Schools will now move to remote after damage and outages to schools. Friday, October,…

Read More

Second round of severe weather possible tonight, bringing wind gusts, isolated tornadoes

Second round of severe weather possible tonight, bringing wind gusts, isolated tornadoes

By WRAL Severe Weather team Raleigh, N.C. — The worst of the winds from Zeta have passed, but the risk for severe weather isn’t over. A second, separate system moves through NC tonight, bringing the risk for severe storms. Damaging thunderstorm winds and an isolated tornado will be possible after 9 p.m. Zeta’s remnants downed trees, power lines Thursday morning and afternoon At around noon, wind gusts over 50 mph were reported in both Raleigh and Durham. In the…

Read More

PHOTOS: Storm damage around the Triangle as Zeta brings 50 mph gusts

PHOTOS: Storm damage around the Triangle as Zeta brings 50 mph gusts

6 Images WRAL Weather Watchers: Purple fog 38 Images Protests erupt in streets of Philadelphia after Black man shot, killed by police 40 Images Football: North Raleigh Christian vs. Wake Christian (Oct. 23, 2020) 44 Images Football: Wake Christian vs. Trinity Christian (Oct. 15, 2020) 23 Images NC sees high turn out, long lines during early voting 73 Images Your Photos: Fall foliage across NC 23 Images Green Hope holds volleyball workouts with COVID-19 safety…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta arrives in the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Zeta arrives in the Carolinas

Gusty, tropical storm-force winds are toppling trees and bringing down powerlines. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands are without power in the Carolinas as Tropical Storm Zeta brings gusty winds to the region Thursday. Additionally, the storm brings a threat of heavy rains, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect Charlotte, across Mecklenburg County, and for counties all along the I-85 corridor. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical-storm-force winds over greater than…

Read More

Zeta weakens to tropical storm, still packs gusty winds and heavy rain on trek through southeast

RALEIGH, N.C. — A fast-moving Zeta has weakened to a tropical storm as it barrels northeast after causing havoc along the coast. Officials in the Gulf Coast made repeated calls Wednesday night for residents to stay inside after the storm passed and not go outside in the dark to assess damage. One person died from electrocution after touching a downed power line in New Orleans. In the Mississippi city of Waveland, Mayor Mike Smith told…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Charlotte area

Tropical Storm Zeta to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Charlotte area

Zeta will bring the threat of damaging winds, flash flooding and even isolated tornadoes to the Carolinas Thursday morning. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to bring heavy rain, high winds and the threat of flash flooding to the Carolinas Thursday morning.  A Tropical Storm Warning was expanded in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Wednesday ahead of the storm. The warning, which had already been issued earlier Thursday for western parts of North Carolina…

Read More

The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama

The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 1:30 a.m. Zeta has weakened into a tropical storm over central Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says strong winds are continuing over across portions of the state and the Florida panhandle early Thursday. The storm was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kmh). Zeta is moving quickly toward the northeast near 31…

Read More

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season. NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Zeta slammed into the storm-weary Gulf Coast on Wednesday, pelting the New Orleans metro area with rain and howling winds that ripped apart buildings, knocked out power to thousands and threatened to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland in a…

Read More

Tropical Storm Warning expanded into Charlotte ahead of Zeta; many schools switch to 'remote' day

Tropical Storm Warning expanded into Charlotte ahead of Zeta; many schools switch to 'remote' day

Isolated flooding, wind damage, and tornadoes are possible Thursday in the Carolinas. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Tropical Storm Warning has been expanded in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ahead of impacts forecasted Thursday from Zeta. The warning, which had already been issued earlier Thursday for western parts of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, has been expanded eastward to include more of the metropolitan area. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical-storm-force conditions are highly likely for…

Read More

Tropical Storm Warning expanded into Charlotte ahead of Zeta; some schools switch to 'remote' day

Tropical Storm Warning expanded into Charlotte ahead of Zeta; some schools switch to 'remote' day

Isolated flooding, wind damage, and tornadoes are possible Thursday in the Carolinas. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Tropical Storm Warning has been expanded in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ahead of impacts forecasted Thursday from Zeta. The warning, which had already been issued earlier Thursday for western parts of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, has been expanded eastward to include more of the metropolitan area. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force conditions are highly likely…

Read More

Hurricane Zeta hits Louisiana with flooding, power outages

Hurricane Zeta hits Louisiana with flooding, power outages

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Zeta slammed into storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, pelting homes and businesses with rain and howling winds, knocking out power to thousands and threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland in a Gulf Coast region already pounded by multiple storms this year. Roads were flooded near the coast, where forecasters said Zeta made landfall around Terrebone Bay near Cocodrie, an unincorporated…

Read More

Hurricane Zeta crashes onshore in storm-weary Louisiana

Hurricane Zeta crashes onshore in storm-weary Louisiana

By KEVIN McGILL, STACEY PLAISANCE and REBECCA SANTANA NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Zeta slammed into storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland and batter homes and businesses with fierce winds in a Gulf Coast region already pounded by multiple storms this year. Some roads were flooded near the coast, where forecasters said Zeta was making landfall around Terrebone Bay near…

Read More

Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm

Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the Louisiana coast as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced at 4 p.m. that the storm made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana bringing “hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surges” along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. As of 4 p.m., the storm has maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and is moving north-northeast at 24 miles per hour, according to…

Read More

Tropical Storm Warning expanded into Charlotte ahead of Zeta

Tropical Storm Warning expanded into Charlotte ahead of Zeta

Isolated flooding, wind damage, and tornadoes are possible Thursday in the Carolinas. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Tropical Storm Warning has been expanded in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ahead of impacts forecasted Thursday from Zeta. The warning, which had already been issued earlier Thursday for western parts of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, has been expanded eastward to include more of the metropolitan area. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force conditions are highly likely…

Read More

The Latest: Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

The Latest: Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Zeta (all times CDT): 4 p.m. MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Zeta has crashed ashore in storm-weary Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm, striking the latest blow of an extraordinarily busy Atlantic tropical storm season. The Miami-based center says a hurricane hunter aircraft confirmed at 4 p.m. Wednesday that the menacing storm had made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana. The fast-moving storm came ashore…

Read More

Weekly Oil Market Crash Update: Hurricane Zeta Forces Shutdown Of Half The Gulf’s Oil Production

Weekly Oil Market Crash Update: Hurricane Zeta Forces Shutdown Of Half The Gulf’s Oil Production

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta has entered the Gulf of Mexico, setting off another wave of shutdowns for many oil producers in the region. Reuters reports that BP, Shell, and Chevron are among the companies that have already evacuated some offshore facilities. Overall, energy producers have shut down around half of the Gulf’s oil output in what is now…

Read More

Tropical Storm WARNING issued ahead of Zeta

Tropical Storm WARNING issued ahead of Zeta

Isolated flooding, wind damage, and tornadoes are possible Thursday in the Carolinas. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for parts of North Carolina and South Carolina ahead of impacts from Zeta beginning Thursday morning and even later tonight. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Zeta was upgraded to a category 2 hurricane and expected to make landfall later Wednesday night near New Orleans, Louisiana. The tropical storm system is expected to maintain…

Read More

Tropical Storm Watch issued ahead of Zeta

Tropical Storm Watch issued ahead of Zeta

Isolated flooding, wind damage, and tornadoes are possible Thursday in the Carolinas. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for parts of North Carolina and South Carolina ahead of impacts from Zeta beginning Thursday. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Zeta was a category one hurricane expected to make landfall later Wednesday night near New Orleans, Louisiana. The tropical storm system is expected to maintain tropical storm strength as it moves across the…

Read More

Zeta back up to hurricane status, could bring life-threatening storm surge to Louisiana, Mississippi

Zeta back up to hurricane status, could bring life-threatening storm surge to Louisiana, Mississippi

RALEIGH, N.C. — As expected, Zeta restrengthened overnight and is back at Category 1 hurricane status as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Zeta is forecast to bring life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to the coastlines of Louisiana and Mississippi, an area already hit hard by tropical systems this year. The storm could intensify to a Category 2 before making landfall in Louisiana. According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta has maximum sustained winds of…

Read More

Zeta re-strengthens to a hurricane, takes aim at Gulf Coast

Zeta re-strengthens to a hurricane, takes aim at Gulf Coast

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Satellite image of Hurricane Zeta on Oct. 27, 2020. (Photo: WWAY) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zeta re-strengthened into a hurricane early Wednesday as Louisiana braced for the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season. Landfall is expected south of New Orleans with life-threatening storm surge and strong winds expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast beginning around midday. – Advertisement – The city has been housing evacuees…

Read More

Hurricane Zeta, approaching Gulf Coast, could bring severe weather to NC

Hurricane Zeta, approaching Gulf Coast, could bring severe weather to NC

Raleigh, N.C. — Parts of central North Carolina will be under a level 1 risk for severe weather on Thursday as the remnants from Zeta pass through the area. Temperatures will be warmer this week before tropical moisture and a chance for severe weather from Zeta approaches. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies. By Wednesday afternoon, skies will become gray as remnants from Zeta approach North…

Read More

Zeta likely to reform as hurricane in Caribbean, severe weather possible Thursday in NC

Zeta likely to reform as hurricane in Caribbean, severe weather possible Thursday in NC

Raleigh, N.C. — Parts of central North Carolina will be under a level 1 risk for severe weather on Thursday as the remnants from Zeta pass through the area. Temperatures will be warmer this week before tropical moisture and a chance for severe weather from Zeta approaches. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies. By Wednesday afternoon, skies will become gray as remnants from Zeta approach North…

Read More

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gulf Coast residents are steeling themselves for yet another hurricane. Zeta emerged from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday as a tropical storm after making landfall just north of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum. It’s predicted to become a hurricane again over the Gulf and make landfall again Wednesday night. A hurricane warning stretches from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. Zeta is the 27th named storm of a…

Read More

Hurricane Warning in effect for Louisiana, Mississippi as Zeta eyes Gulf Coast

Hurricane Warning in effect for Louisiana, Mississippi as Zeta eyes Gulf Coast

RALEIGH, N.C. — Zeta weakened back into a tropical storm overnight as it moved over the Yucatán Peninsula, but the system is expected to restrengthen before hitting the U.S. According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. As of 11 a.m. EST, it’s 25 miles north-northeast of Progreso, Mexico. Working over land has weakened Zeta, but it…

Read More

Hurricane warning for New Orleans as Zeta swirls over Mexico

Hurricane warning for New Orleans as Zeta swirls over Mexico

Storm-weary Louisiana is once again under a hurricane warning, with Zeta leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall just north of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed over land, but it was expected to regain its strength…

Read More

Zeta reverts back to tropical storm as it moves over Yucatán Peninsula, expected to strengthen back into hurricane

Zeta reverts back to tropical storm as it moves over Yucatán Peninsula, expected to strengthen back into hurricane

RALEIGH, N.C. — Zeta weakened back into a tropical storm overnight as it moved over the Yucatán Peninsula. According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. As of 5 a.m., it’s 85 miles east-southeast of Progreso, Mexico. Working over land has weakened Zeta, but it is expected to strengthen back to Hurricane level as it heads toward…

Read More

Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan

Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Quintana Roo state Gov. Carlos Joaquín had warned that “nobody should be on the…

Read More

Zeta becomes a hurricane as it nears Yucatan, heading for US

Zeta becomes a hurricane as it nears Yucatan, heading for US

By GABRIEL ALCOCER, Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico — Zeta strengthened to a hurricane Monday afternoon as it continued on a track for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula resorts and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Zeta — the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic season — was centered about 105 miles (170 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island Monday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said….

Read More

Zeta strengthens to Category 1 hurricane as it heads toward Yucatan Peninsula

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Zeta strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon as it moves through the Caribbean Sea and into the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta is currently located about 105 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 10 miles per hour. Zeta is forecast to move over the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday, and…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta expected to become Category 1 hurricane Monday

Tropical Storm Zeta expected to become Category 1 hurricane Monday

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday as it moves through the Caribbean Sea and into the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta is currently located about 210 miles southeast of Cozumel. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 9 miles per hour. Zeta is forecast to move over the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday–likely…

Read More

Zeta likely hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US

Zeta likely hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US

MIAMI (AP) — A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico’s resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Zeta, which on Sunday became the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic season, was centered about 260 miles (420 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island late Sunday, the U.S. National…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta setting records this week

Tropical Storm Zeta setting records this week

Tropical Storm Zeta formed this morning at 2AM and has tied 2005 for the most named storms during an Atlantic Hurricane Season. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — TROPICAL STORM ZETA: 2020 has been a year to remember for obvious reasons but it also memorable for its hurricane season. This morning an infamous record was tied. Tropical Storm Zeta formed from Tropical Depression Twenty-Eight at 2 AM Sunday morning. This is the 27th named storm so far this…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta becomes 27th named storm of season, could bring moisture to North Carolina later this week

Tropical Storm Zeta becomes 27th named storm of season, could bring moisture to North Carolina later this week

Tropical Storm Zeta formed overnight, becoming the 27th named storm of this hurricane season. The track currently has Zeta moving into the Gulf. The system will weaken as it migrates into the region but is still expected to produce rounds of potentially heavy rain through Thursday. It will either hit as a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm. ABC11 First Alert Meteorologist Steve Stewart said Zeta’s formation now ties a 2005 record for 27…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta forms, on path to approach Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Zeta forms, on path to approach Gulf Coast

By Peta Sheerwood, WRAL meteorologist; Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producer As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier, we will likely break the record for the most named storms in an active Atlantic hurricane season this year. Tropical Storm Zeta formed early Sunday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, being the the 27th named storm this season tying a previous record from 2005. Models predict that the storm could make landfall twice — once in the…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the Atlantic, on path to approach Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the Atlantic, on path to approach Gulf Coast

By Peta Sheerwood, WRAL meteorologist; Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producer As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier, we will likely break the record for the most named storms in an active Atlantic hurricane season this year. Tropical Storm Zeta formed early Sunday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, being the the 27th named storm this seas tying a previous record from 2005. Models predict that the storm could make landfall in the United States and…

Read More

Tropical Storm Zeta forms near Cuba, expected to strengthen

Tropical Storm Zeta forms near Cuba, expected to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Zeta formed early Sunday off the coast of Cuba, becoming the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm recorded in an already historic hurricane season. The system was centered about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba, forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 2 a.m. EDT advisory. Zeta was stationary, located near the Yucatan Peninsula about 260 miles (415 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico….

Read More

Tropical Depression No. 28 forms in Caribbean, could become Tropical Storm Zeta

Tropical Depression No. 28 forms in Caribbean, could become Tropical Storm Zeta

By Peta Sheerwood, WRAL meteorologist; Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producer As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier, we will likely break the record for the most named storms in an active Atlantic hurricane season this year. Saturday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Depression No. 28 formed in the Caribbean Sea. There have been 26 named storms this season. Hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30, so we will probably see more named storms…

Read More

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

By PATTY NIEBERG, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado’s wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state’s two largest on record. One of Colorado’s smaller fires exploded late Wednesday from 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) to…

Read More
1 2 3 5