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The US National Hurricane Centre has upgraded hurricane Zeta to a major, Category 3 storm, making it the seventh major hurricane during the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic basin storm season. Colorado State University hurricane researcher Philip Klotzbach said on Twitter that the upgrade of Zeta ties the 2020 season with 2005 for having the most major hurricanes in a single Atlantic storm season. Zeta made its initial landfall on the Yucatan peninsula and then roared across the Gulf of Mexico to hit Louisiana as a Category 3 storm last October 28, causing $4.4bn in damage and killing five people. The NHC said the upgrade makes Zeta the latest major hurricane to make landfall in the continental US. The previous record was set in 1921 by the Tampa Bay hurricane, which came ashore in Florida on October 25.
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