Zeta has re-strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to southeastern Louisiana starting midday today.
The storm was 320 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 355 miles south-southwest of New Orleans by 4 a.m. this morning.
Zeta has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is moving north-northwest at 17 mph.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration ahead of the storm. He and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey both declared emergencies, as did Mayor Andrew Gilich in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump declared an emergency for Louisiana last night.
Parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are under hurricane warnings, including metropolitan New Orleans.
A tropical storm warning along the coast of the Florida panhandle has been extended eastward to the Walton/Bay County Line.
Tropical storm watches extend all the way up to the Georgia/Tennessee border. A flash flood watch has been issued for much of east Tennessee.
Heavy rainfall is expected from the Central Gulf Coast into the Tennessee Valley.