HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Tropical Storm Zeta formed early Sunday morning.
Zeta currently has 50 mph maximum sustained winds and a central pressure of 999mb.
A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. A tropical storm warning is in effect for western Cuba.
Continued strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours.
The official NHC forecast calls for Zeta to be a hurricane by Monday, maintaining hurricane strength Tuesday evening while moving in to the Gulf.
With high wind shear in the Gulf and cooler waters from the recent fronts, this system will most likely drop back down to tropical storm status before making landfall along the central Gulf coast midweek.
The cone of uncertainty has a projected landfall between Louisiana and the Florida panhandle.
While we watch Zeta in the Gulf, Tropical Storm Epsilon continues to move northeast off the eastern seaboard and away from the United States. Epsilon will continue to weaken down to a remnant low in the next 24 hours.
Hurricane season officially ends on the last day of November.
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Tropical Storm Zeta expected to become Cat 1 hurricane Monday
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