Hurricane Zeta, which came ashore Wednesday (Oct. 28) in Louisiana as a strong Category 2 hurricane, is still wreaking havoc as it races across the Southern U.S. this morning.
Now a tropical storm, Zeta ripped off roofs, knocked down power lines and trees and flooded streets as it roared through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia early Thursday. Heavy rain and winds are still pounding eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas.
More than 2 million homes and businesses were without power across seven states as of 7 a.m., according to poweroutage.us. In Georgia alone, more than 1 million customers had no electricity. Louisiana was reporting more than half a million outages.
At least three people died in the storm. In Louisiana, a 55-year-old man was electrocuted by low-hanging power lines in New Orleans. In Mississippi, an Alabama man taking video of the storm in Biloxi drowned at a marina, the Sun Herald reported. In Georgia, one person was reportedly killed when a tree fell through their house in Cherokee County, the AJC reported.
The storm made landfall about 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday near Cocodrie in Terrebonne Parish and moved over New Orleans with howling winds and driving rain. Here’s a look at some of the impacts of the storm state by state.
Atlanta was under a tropical storm warning for the second time ever. Its first warning was in 2017 when Hurricane Irma roared into Florida as a deadly Category 4 storm.
And Zeta delivered. The storm downed trees and power lines across northern Georgia. More than 1 million homes and businesses had their power knocked out.
Several school districts either moved classes fully online or canceled classes all together Thursday.
First responders had to rescue an Atlanta man pinned to his bed when a large tree fell into his bedroom. The man had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to a fire department spokesman.
“Zeta has left hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife in our communities that no one should take lightly. Now is not the time to go sight-seeing,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted Thursday morning. “Everyone needs to remain vigilant, continue to listen to local officials and be safe.”
Louisiana was hit hard by Zeta, the fifth tropical system to make landfall in the state this season.
About 25 people had to be evacuated when Zeta caused part of an apartment building to collapse near Gretna, La., in Jefferson Parish, WDSU reported. One person was injured.
One person was taken to the hospital after a roof collapsed on a building in New Orleans, The Advocate reported. The lights went out on Bourbon Street.
Video on WDSU from Grand Isle, a barrier island in Jefferson Parish, showed large homes with their roofs torn off, a crumpled gas station canopy and downed utility poles and wires.
“We’re really getting beat. We’re looking at wind over 100 (mph) for sure,” Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said in an interview with WDSU as Zeta’s eyewall moved over the island.
The Jefferson Parish government posted an image on Twitter showing three breaches in Grand Isle’s levee, known as the “burrito levee” because it’s a large roll of plastic filled with sand. The levee was severely damaged by Cristobal at the beginning of the hurricane season and work continued through the summer to shore it up.