DOTHAN, Ala. — (WDHN) Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Sunday the area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean Sea has strengthened to 40 mph, classifying the system as Tropical Storm Zeta.
The system will first impact the Yucatan Peninsula with heavy rain and squally weather Monday and Monday night.
Zeta is expected to intensify as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning. At that time, it should become a hurricane.
Due to environmental conditions, including upper level winds, Zeta is slated to move northward with time, impacting the northern Gulf coast Wednesday afternoon or Wednesday night.
It is too early to pinpoint exact impacts on the Wiregrass. Heavy rain will likely be the main issue with the potential of flooding in parts of the region. Gusty winds could also become a factor in our weather late Wednesday along with the potential of isolated, spin-up tornadoes if the system continues its on projected path.
WDHN Chief Meteorologist Ted King, Meteorologist Matthew Wine, and Meteorologist Oscar Fann are monitoring the system closely. The First Alert STORM TEAM will have updates as needed.