- The storm cut power to more than 2.6 million homes and businesses.
- Power outages due to the storm also affected polling stations in some areas, including northern Georgia.
- Zeta made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cocodrie, Louisiana. On landing, the estimated wind speed was 110 mph.
Zeta, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, continued to strike parts of the eastern United States with heavy rain and high winds on Thursday as the powerful system moved out to sea.
The storm, which made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, turned off more than 2.6 million homes and businesses and has been blamed for at least six deaths in the south.
A man was electrocuted in New Orleans, a man drowned in Biloxi, Mississippi, and a man in Acworth, Georgia, was killed when an oak tree fell on the mobile home he was staying in. Two people were killed near Atlanta when a tree fell on their home, pinning them to the bed. In Alabama, one person died when a tree fell on a mobile home in rural Clarke County.
Zeta ripped roofs, knocked over power lines and trees and flooded streets as he passed through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia early Thursday, the Weather Channel reported. Heavy rains and winds also hit eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas.
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Power outages due to the storm also affected polling stations in some areas, including northern Georgia. State officials were not sure how many of the 336 early voting locations statewide had been closed or delayed in opening. In Douglas County, a western suburb of Atlanta, all six polling stations were without power, as were the county offices.
The vote was also affected by the storm in parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
Zeta made landfall on Wednesday afternoon near Cocodrie, La., With wind speeds estimated at 110 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm was a fierce blow to some along the Gulf Coast. In Waveland, Mississippi, on the state coast, city mayor Mike Smith told WLOX-TV the city may have suffered the worst storm damage since Katrina blew up the city in 2005.
Video from Grand Isle, Louisiana, a barrier island in Jefferson Parish, showed large houses with their roofs ripped off, a crumpled gas station awning and downed utility poles and wires, the Weather Channel reported.
“We’re really beaten up. We’re definitely looking at over 100 km / h wind,” Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said in an interview with WDSU as the wall of Zeta’s eyes moved across the island. .
Zeta is the 27th named storm in a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season, which still has over a month to play. It was the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the United States this year, setting an all-time high for the country.
Forecasters were also monitoring an area of disturbed climate in the Caribbean, an area that could turn into a tropical depression or storm over the weekend or early next week, the Hurricane Center said.
Contribute: The Associated Press