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Official report upgrades Hurricane Zeta to Cat. 3, making it the strongest to make landfall so late in the season

GOES-EAST visible/infrared "sandwich" image of Zeta near landfall on Oct. 28.
GOES-EAST visible/infrared "sandwich" image of Zeta near landfall on Oct. 28.(NHC)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 1:13 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An official report released on May 11 has upgraded the windspeed of Hurricane Zeta to 115 mph in a small area near the Louisiana coast, upgrading it to a Category 3 storm.

The new designation makes Zeta the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States so late in the year.

After weakening to a tropical storm, Zeta rapidly intensified into a Category 3 hurricane just before landfall in southeastern Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is responsible for five deaths and about $4.4 billion in damage.

Zeta made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana on Oct. 28. The hurricane’s eye moved directly over New Orleans a couple of hours after landfall.

A tree downed by Zeta on a home in Metairie, Louisiana.
A tree downed by Zeta on a home in Metairie, Louisiana.(Twitter via Scott Walker, Jefferson Parish Councilman))

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