RALEIGH, MS - Hurricane Zeta has gained strength and this morning's forecast has slightly increased risks for our area. The storm may strengthen slightly before making landfall and is forecasted to move through the area quickly.
Do not wait to make your plans. We expect this to be a heavy rain event - along with the possibility of downed power and trees.
Check on friends/family, make accommodations for sandbags, etc. & try to stay off the roads this evening.
With the 12PM update, here's what you need to know:
- Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall later this afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane on the Louisiana coast with a forward speed of 25mph.
- Elevated risk for winds up to 60mph.
- Power outages and downed trees are likely.
- There is a risk of tornadoes, and a tornado watch will likely be issued in the next few hours.
If you need assistance, please contact the Smith County Sheriff's Office at 601-782-4531.
This system will be fast moving. Please rush your preparations to completion as conditions will deteriorate quickly in the coming hours.