Oct. 26 @ 4:30 p.m. – Hurricane Zeta Phase 2 Voluntary Evacuation, Update 2

Hurricane Zeta

Monday, October 26, 2020
4:30 p.m.

Port Fourchon is moving to Storm Phase 2, which is Voluntary Evacuation. This means that tropical force winds are expected to be in Port Fourchon within 72 hours.

The Port Commission is keeping an eye on the development of Hurricane Zeta, which is forecast to reach the northern Gulf of Mexico region midweek. Local impacts are anticipated to be heavy rain and elevated tide levels. Due to the uncertainty of Zeta’s track and impacts, we ask that port tenants and users be alert for updates and prepared for things to change or progress quickly.

Please begin securing or moving equipment out of port and determine the intentions and/or special needs of all vessels and personnel at your facilities in the port.

Please review your facility’s hurricane plan, be thoughtful of stockpiling any loose material or excess items that could fly away or be damaged if Port Fourchon is affected by a storm, and make sure the Port Commission has your facility’s updated contact information so that you can receive timely storm-related information.


  • There is still considerable uncertainty in the forecast. Impacts may vary widely depending upon Zeta’s eventual track and intensity.
  • RAINFALL: Heavy rainfall with 2-6 inches forecast Tuesday into Wednesday; possible flash flooding from heavy rainfall associated with storm bands.
  • TIDES/STORM SURGE: Elevated tides could lead to coastal flooding. Potential storm surge of 2-6 feet.
  • WINDS: Strong winds to damaging winds possible along the coast by Wednesday.
  • ROADWAYS: Roads are open to vehicular traffic with no anticipated closures today but be alert. Coastal flooding is a concern as always on Hwy 1 between Leon Theriot Flood Gates in Golden Meadow and Elevated Hwy 1 in Leeville.


WARNINGS, WATCHES, & ADVISORIES (Updated 10/26/2020 @ 4:00 PM):

  • Hurricane Watch in effect for Lafourche Parish.
  • Storm Surge Watch in effect for Lafourche Parish.



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Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER & STORM INFO webpage for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, and contact updating forms.

We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.