Miami, Fl.(Florida News Network)- At 500 PM EDT, the center of Hurricane Zeta was located near latitude 19.5 North, longitude 86.0 West, about 90 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
Zeta is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph. A northwestward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next day or so, followed by a turn toward the north Tuesday night. A faster northward to north-northeastward motion is forecast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will move over the northern Yucatan Peninsula later today or tonight, move over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the watch area on Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible before Zeta makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula. Some weakening is likely while Zeta moves over the Yucatan Peninsula late tonight and early Tuesday. Zeta is forecast to strengthen again when it moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico later on Tuesday and be at or near hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 981 mb (28.97 inches).
Data and graphic credit: National Hurricane Center