Zeta re-strengthens to a hurricane, takes aim at Gulf Coast

At least three dead as Zeta slams the South Latest

Two people were killed when Hurricane Zeta, a category 2 storm, landed in southeastern Louisiana late Wednesday.

"We're sending two loads of resources - food, water, paper products, and cleaning supplies - to the impacted areas around New Orleans and the coastal area of MS", says Jessica Blake.

Such news repeated throughout the South, including work in Texas, where Xcel Energy reported nearly 85 percent of its 134,000 impacted customers had power again by 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Zeta, the 27th named storm of an already historic hurricane season, first made landfall on Monday night in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. And tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida.

"You should be finalizing your preparations", Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Wednesday morning.

Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border as well as Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans are under hurricane warnings.

"The wind has caused extensive structural damages to businesses, to homes, to electrical infrastructure", Edwards said.

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Electricity is being restored after Duke Energy says the storm on Thursday knocked out power to more than 500,000 of its customers in the Carolinas - around 10% of customers in the region. "We are busy getting the trees cleared", Landrum Mayor Robert Briggs said. Seven hurricanes have hit the Gulf Coast in 2020, bringing extensive destruction to the area.

At least six deaths are blamed on the storm, according to The Associated Press.

Zeta has now moved into northern Alabama and Georgia Thursday morning. Winds could be "especially severe" in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.

There were 6,126 EREC customers that lost power due to Hurricane Zeta - just over half of all of the cooperative's customers.

This year's season has so many storms that the hurricane center has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names.

The secretary of state's office is working with Entergy and other utility companies to asses any damage and restore power to those areas impacted by the storm.

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