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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

600,000 Still Without Power from Hurricane Zeta

The cleanup from Hurricane Zeta continues.

There are still about 600,000 people without power. As a result, several hospitals are running on generator power.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia were all impacted by Zeta.

Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane with wind gusts up to 112 mph.

On October 26, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency for the entire state. The town of Grand Isle issued a mandatory evacuation on October 27 as a voluntary evacuation was ordered for Jean Lafitte that same day. Tulane University moved classes to virtual learning on October 28, while also closing health centers on campus. Cleco employed more than 200 new workers to help restore power in the aftermath of Zeta. Several national park units were shut down to weather the storm.

Hurricane Zeta was the record-tying sixth hurricane to make landfall in the United States and the record fifth named storm to strike Louisiana in 2020 as well as the strongest hurricane ever to move over New Orleans.


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