DATE:  October 28, 2020                                                                 TIME:  11:40 a.m.

CONTACT:   Breonna Cole, Emergency Management Specialist   256.549.4575 (Office)



Hurricane Zeta


Etowah County is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Sustained winds of 39-57 mph are forecasted for this area. Sustained winds continue for an extended period, without interruption. Wind gusts of up to 55 mph are expected. Rainfall potential is 2-4 inches through Thursday, with a localized flooding threat. Etowah County remains under a Flash Flood Watch, at this time. There is a marginal risk of tornadoes, from 7 pm Wednesday, until 7 am Thursday.

Saturated grounds and high winds will lead to falling trees, which will cause downed power lines, and other problems. Please secure all outdoor furniture or items that could blow away and cause injury, or damage. Make sure your pets or livestock are properly cared for. Stay off roadways overnight, if at all possible – drive with extreme caution, when leaving for work on Thursday morning. All preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Zeta should be made at this time.

We want to take this time to remind citizens that this is a tropical system. This will not be a single storm, but possibly up to a 72 hour event, which started yesterday with rainfall. Please follow @GECEMA on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on Hurricane Zeta.

For more information, contact the Gadsden/Etowah EMA at 256-549-4575