Tropical Storm Zeta has killed at least two people, downed powerlines and left a trail of destruction since making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday.
The big picture: A record 11 named storms have made landfall in the U.S. this year. Zeta is the fifth named storm to do so in Louisiana in 2020, the most ever recorded. Zeta weakened t0 a tropical storm early Thursday, as it continued to lash parts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with heavy rains and strong winds.
Troopers are in the process of clearing the roads of debris as well as working multiple vehicle crashes in the wake of hurricane Zeta. Please avoid unnecessary travel during this time. This driver could not see a tree in the road until it was too late. pic.twitter.com/ZCcrk0N7cF— LA State Police (@LAStatePolice) October 29, 2020
#ENTERGYNOLA: Our crews are encountering damage as a result of Hurricane Zeta. There is no way to know if a downed line or any other damaged electrical equipment is energized or not, so if you encounter any damaged equipment, keep your distance & call 1-800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243) pic.twitter.com/NikRpvAs2m— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) October 29, 2020
.@SWBNewOrleans: This is was our view during the #eyeofhestorm from the hub of our operations. Tomorrow, Oct. 29, our Customer Service centers will be closed while we help each other clean up from #Zeta. For tonight, there are lines down, limbs down & transformers down. Stay safe pic.twitter.com/T8JbOm0Jue— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) October 29, 2020