This has been a long year for everyone, and it's not over yet. That lesson will especially hold true for residents of the Gulf Coast, where yet another storm system is expected to make landfall this week.
Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to be at hurricane strength when it arrives somewhere on the coast between Louisiana and the Florida panhandle, potentially early Thursday, Oct. 29. The forecast from the National Weather Service shows Zeta likely will land east of communities — such as Lake Charles, La. — affected by Hurricane Laura in August and Hurricane Delta earlier this month. The region is home to several chemical and plastics production sites. Power outages linked to the storms have hampered a return to full operations for some companies.
In case you're wondering, if there's another storm after Zeta? It will be named Eta. So far, 2020's storms still haven't surpassed those in 2005, which also included the deadly Katrina, Rita and Wilma. That year, there were 27 named storms, the same number of named storms as 2020, but in 2005, 15 of those storms reached hurricane status. So far, 2020 is at 10 hurricanes.