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Zeta impacts: flooding possible from Gulf Coast to Mid-Atlantic

Zeta made landfall in Louisiana on Wednesday and has been moving quickly through the Southeast, bringing very heavy rainfall. The size and fast movement of the storm will bring impacts to much of the eastern U.S. through the next several days.

Flash flood watches have been issued from the central Plains into the Middle Atlantic. All of the moisture is related to Zeta as the storm is picked up by the jet stream and moves to the northeast. As Zeta is absorbed into the jet stream, it will pull tropical moisture well inland towards the Eastern Seaboard.

While this will not be a long duration rain event, rain totals could be 3-5″ in spots, with 2-4″ likely across the board. Isolated flooding will be possible in any of the watch areas due to high tropical rain rates and already saturated soils from previous rain events.

Later today (Thursday), Zeta will transition from a tropical system to a non-tropical low pressure center. The storm will be absorbed into the jet stream, but it will continue to produce heavy rain into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest updates on Zeta and other top weather headlines.

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Kara has always been passionate about weather and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a meteorologist. Living in different regions of the country and experiencing weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes drove her to pursue a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout college, storm chasing became a regular event for Kara, where she saw fir... Load Morest-hand the power of the atmosphere. Kara graduated cum laude from OU and decided to further her meteorology education with a Master's degree from Mississippi State University. The deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak struck while Kara was studying at MSU; her first “Dixie Alley” tornado event and an up close glimpse into the destruction of the storms she so closely studied. Her broadcast career began in Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, where she earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Kara's career has included coverage of all types of severe weather including tornado events, flooding and tropical systems across multiple southern states. Recently she helped cover the 2020 Easter Sunday deadly tornado outbreak in southeast Mississippi. In her free time, you can find Kara outdoors exploring new areas with her mini poodle,Truffles. Kara is also an avid runner and frequently races in 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.

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