October 2020: Hurricane Zeta

National Geodetic Survey Emergency Response Imagery available online.

Hurricane Zeta, seen here by GOES East on October 9, 2020, at 9 A.M. ET made landfall.

Hurricane Zeta, seen here by GOES EAST on October, 28, 2020, as it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

From October 29-30, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected aerial images in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta. Imagery was collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. Collected images are available to view online via the NGS aerial imagery viewer. View tips and a video on how to use the imagery viewer.

NOAA's aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities. This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment. View NOAA Emergency Response Imagery collected on the following days:

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