Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Louisiana on Wednesday (October 28) as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of around 80 mph. Louisiana is still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. 3,600 people are currently displaced as a result of those two storms, which lashed the state just a few months ago.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called up 1,500 members of the National Guard and said more than 5,000 linemen are working around the clock to repair downed power lines across the state.
The storm has knocked out power for over two million people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina and killed at least three people. One person in Georgia was killed after a tree fell on their mobile home. One person drowned in Mississippi, and in Louisiana, one person was electrocuted by a downed power line.
Zeta has since been downgraded to a tropical storm but continues to dump heavy rains and bring high winds as it moves swiftly towards the northeast. Because Zeta is moving so fast, it is unlikely to lose intensity and could bring tropical storm conditions as it heads towards the mid-Atlantic, where 32 million people are under tropical storm warnings.
Remnants of Zeta could head up to Maine, where they could dump a couple of inches of snow.
Zeta is the 27th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, one shy of the record set in 2005. There were 28 storms that year, 15 of which were hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall near New Orleans as a devastating Category 5 storm.
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