Hurricane Zeta is being upgraded from a Category 2 to a 3. A new report from the National Hurricane Center upped the maximum sustained winds from 109-115, making the October 28th storm the strongest to make landfall in the U.S. that late in the year.
Zeta had weakened to a tropical storm as it neared the Gulf Coast, and then intensified so rapidly that it took a lot of residents by surprise. Zeta downed trees, snapped power lines, and flooded roads. Close to 10-thousand homes were damaged in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock Counties alone.
There were five fatalities total in the U.S., and over $4-billion in damages.