Hurricane Zeta kills at least one in Louisiana and threatens Atlanta

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one as it passes through Louisiana. Rains and strong winds that destroyed buildings, left thousands of peop...

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  • Hurricane Zeta kills at least one as it passes through Louisiana.
  • Rains and strong winds that destroyed buildings, left thousands of people without electricity in one region.
  • Both the city of Atlanta (Georgia) and the federal capital are expected to be affected by the hurricane on Thursday.

Hurricane Zeta hit Louisiana on Wednesday, hitting the New Orleans metropolitan area with rain and high winds that destroyed buildings, left thousands of people without power in a region that has seen numerous storms this year.

The storm moved fast to reach Mississippi with gales, downpours and a dangerous storm surge.

Zeta weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with 80-mile-per-hour winds as it swept into southern Mississippi within hours of making landfall.

However, meteorologists warned that it was still dangerous. The storm was 72 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Hattiesburg Wednesday morning.

In Mobile, Alabama, a gust of 146 km / h (45 mph) was recorded on Tuesday, and the National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported a 3.5-meter (10-foot) storm surge in Waveland, Mississippi.

As Zeta hit the south of the country, some neighbors expressed concern about the upcoming elections.

“Right now there are many roads blocked by trees and other debris that have fallen. With the elections I hope that the city will clear the roads by November 3 so that everyone can go out and vote, ”said Mackenzie Umanzo, 19 years old.

“Let’s hope that everyone who wants to go can go,” said the D’Iberville, Mississippi neighbor.

The meteor killed at least one person, a 55-year-old man who according to a Louisiana coroner was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans, and authorities said dangerous conditions will prevail through Thursday.

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta. Dozens of vessels towed by military vehicles lie ready to sail on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 as part of New Orleans’ preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Zeta. (Chris Granger / The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta

Guy McInnis, president of the municipality of St. Bernard, said emergency workers were doing their best to respond to reports of people in distress after they lost the roofs of their homes.

“We took the onslaught from Zeta, and he gave us a good blow,” McInnis told WDSU-TV.

Roads were flooded near the coast, where forecasters said Zeta made landfall in the Terrebone Bay area near Cocodrie, a roadside fishing village that has a marine laboratory but few full-time residents. , if there is one. A building in the laboratory was flooded.

Jets of water fell from the roofs in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, where the wind swayed billboards next to restaurants and bars, and the palm trees on Canal Street swayed furiously. Authorities said one person was hospitalized with minor injuries after a structure collapsed, but no further details were released.

With much of the city in darkness and more than 200 trees down, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell pleaded with residents to stay home and allow authorities to assess the damage rather than go out and do it themselves.

“Although we survived, we suffered damage, we were beaten,” he said.

More than 875,000 users were without power in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including some 350,000 in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Blackouts were accumulating rapidly as the storm moved northeast.

Zeta had maximum sustained winds of 177 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour) as a Category 2 hurricane upon landfall, and is the 27th named storm in a busy season in the Atlantic with more than a month left to conclude. . It set a record by becoming the 11th named meteor to hit the continental United States in a season, two more than the nine recorded in 1916.

Zeta leaves half a million subscribers without electricity in its rapid advance through Louisiana

For its part, EFE reports that Hurricane Zeta, the fifth to hit this season in the state of Louisiana, left about half a million subscribers without electricity on Wednesday in its rapid advance to the northeast.

Zeta made landfall this afternoon as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (110 mph) near the town of Cocodrie.

According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center, at 9:00 p.m. local time (02:00 GMT Thursday) Zeta had weakened to category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers per hour (85 mph) and its eye was located near Hattiesburg (Mississippi).

In its rapid advance (41 kilometers per hour (25 m / h) in a northeast direction, Zeta left some 475,000 subscribers without power in the New Orleans area, according to the power companies.

In addition, a person died electrified also in New Orleans when making contact with a light cable that the wind had knocked down, in what apparently is the first death by Zeta in the United States.

According to meteorologists, the speed of the hurricane caused it to cause less damage than usual in this type of storms in terms of storm surge, rain and flooding.

That speed even made the Louisiana coast appreciate the sunset, according to The Weather Channel.

However, Zeta made landfall in Louisiana badly hit by the current storm season, where more than 3,000 are still in shelters from the impact of powerful hurricanes Delta and Laura.

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta. This satellite image of GOES-16 GeoColor, captured on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT and provided by the U.S. National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the Hurricane Zeta in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta

Ray Bogan, a reporter for Fox News, broadcast from downtown New Orleans just as Zeta made landfall very close to there.

“You must go home right now,” he exhorted viewers wrapped in strong gusts of wind and rain on a desolate street.

Zeta is the eleventh hurricane of the season in the Atlantic and it became even stronger in the last hours after its journey through the Caribbean and its passage through the Mexican Yucatan peninsula.

In addition to Louisiana and Mississippi, the National Hurricane Center predicted that the impacts and effects of Zeta would reach the states of Alabama and Florida this Wednesday before continuing their trajectory on Thursday towards Georgia, the Carolinas and the Appalachian Mountains.

Both the city of Atlanta (Georgia) and the federal capital are expected to be affected this Thursday by the passage of the hurricane.

The impact of Zeta in all these states occurs less than a week before the presidential elections and when the early voting process is underway, which this year due to the effect of the pandemic has surpassed all participation records.

So far, more than 75 million people have voted across the country.

For its part, in Mexico the hurricane hit the tourism infrastructure of the Yucatan Peninsula, already resented both by the pandemic and by the cyclone Delta that impacted less than a month ago

Hurricane Zeta kills at least one person and threatens Atlanta

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