The storm made landfall as a 类别 2 飓风 in southeastern 路易斯安那州, packing winds of 110 mph before quickly roaring through the metro 新奥尔良 area. Zeta has since weakened to a 热带风暴, but it’s still blasting the region with 60 每小时风速.
“A tropical storm that made landfall yesterday across Louisiana, fifth named storm to make landfall across that state, as almost a Category 3 风暴,” Fox News senior meteorologist 珍妮丝·迪恩 说 “狐狸 & 友人.” “We certainly saw those wind gusts over parts of Louisiana. Very strong winds over Mississippi and even New Orleans.”
The storm has been blamed for at least three deaths so far. In Louisiana, a 55-year-old man died after a coroner said he was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans. 在格鲁吉亚, authorities said a man was killed when high winds caused a tree to fall onto a mobile home in Cherokee County.
在密西西比州, a man died in Biloxi after he was taking video of the storm and drowned at a marina, the Sun Herald reported.
路易斯安那州政府. John Bel Edwards was expected Thursday to tour the coastal regions hardest hit by the storm. And as neighbors and church groups started reaching out to help those affected, he also highlighted the need to protect against the coronavirus at the same time.
“Offer the help, but do it with a mask on,“ 他说.
The Jefferson Parish government said that Zeta caused three “major breaches” to a levee on Grand Isle. A photo shared by officials 在推特上 showed water running through breached areas.
Zeta left much of New Orleans and the surrounding area without power as 200 falling trees and more limbs pulled down utility lines. Signs outside bars and restaurants swayed back and forth in the wind and palm trees along Canal Street whipped furiously as the storm passed.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell implored residents to stay home and let city officials assess the damage.
“Although we have made it through, we have been damaged, we have been hit,“ 她说.
Many residents were surprised at the mess in New Orleans, as the city was littered with toppled trees and fences.
“I don’t remember the last time we had a storm of this magnitude in October,” Stephanie Becnel told the Associated Press.
“We just cleaned up our yard and decorated for Halloween, so now we have to do it all over again,” Becnel said. “But I think that’s mainly what it’s going to be is just cleaning up debris, tree limbs, trash.”
Videos from across the region show the storm’s wicked winds ripping roofs off homes and tossing debris across roadways.
Zeta’s storm surge also caused a boat to be pushed onto a flooded Louisiana State Highway 1.
As much as 5 feet of Gulf water surrounded a casino in Biloxi, 密西西比州, and deputies in Harrison County, 密西西比州, received multiple calls from people who had remained in mobile homes that were threatened by winds.
As the storm headed inland, Zeta’s wicked winds lead to a semi-truck being overturned on Interstate 10 in Mississippi.
The storm has swept inland with its whipping winds causing major damage in the Atlanta area. First responders rescued a man in Atlanta who was pinned to his bed when a large tree came crashing into his bedroom early Thursday, fire officials said.
Morning rush-hour commuters had to dodge downed trees and navigate their way past signals with no power.
Trees blocked Interstate 985 near Buford in the far northeastern suburbs, as well as some lanes of Interstate 20 near downtown, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.
Hundreds of schools, from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas, canceled classes or planned to open late due to the storm.
Power outages impacting more than 2 million customers were reported across Louisiana, 密西西比州, 阿拉巴马州, 和佐治亚州, according to the website PowerOutage.us.
Georgia had the most outages before dawn, 超过 1 million customers in the dark.
The storm will continue to bring very strong winds east and south of its track, which could bring damage along the way. 国家飓风中心 (NHC) notes that damaging winds in Alabama and Georgia will shift into eastern Tennessee, the Carolinas, and southeastern Virginia.
“Wind gusts could be especially severe across the southern Appalachian Mountains,” NHC说.
Severe thunderstorms will be possible, including brief tornadoes to the east of the center of Zeta.
A tornado or two is possible later throughout the day over the Carolinas and southern Virginia.
Heavy rain will also spread across a wide swath of the East with some areas receiving 1-3 英寸. Flash flooding will be possible.
福克斯新闻’ Janice Dean and the Associated Press contributed to this report.