Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Warning People to Stay Vigilant, After Hurricane Zeta Slammed the Gulf Coast States.

October 29, 2020
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Now is not the time to go sight seeing.

  • Zeta struck the Louisiana shoreline on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane (96-110 mph). Its surge hit parts of Alabama and Mississippi, with additional devastating impacts expanding to neighboring states.
  • Based on the latest reports, Zeta took three lives in Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and left over two million homes without power in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
  • Zeta has weakened to a tropical storm as it heads northeastward, but it is still expected to bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
    • FYI: “Hurricanes” (also called “tropical cyclones“) are storms with winds 74 mph or higher. Storms with winds below 74 mph are “tropical storms.”
  • BIG PICTURE: Zeta set a new record as the 11th named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. during a single season – surpassing the last record of 9 storms in 1916. It’s also the 27th Atlantic hurricane this year and there’s still a month left to go.

by Jenna Lee,