Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: October 28, 2020 05:56 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Zeta has crashed ashore in storm-weary Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm.

Zeta's landfall on Wednesday afternooon struck the latest blow of an extraordinarily busy Atlantic tropical storm season to a stretch of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Miami-based hurricane center says a hurricane hunter aircraft confirmed at 4 p.m. Wednesday that the menacing storm had made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana. The fast-moving storm came ashore on the southern Louisiana coastline in a region of the Gulf Coast that has already been in the crosshairs of earlier storms this season. 

Evacuees from earlier storms are on edge. New Orleans officials are working to make sure there is enough electricity to run the city's aging drainage pumps after a generating turbine broke down.

Zeta has sustained winds of 110 mph and is just shy of being a major, Category 3 hurricane. Heavy rains and rising seawater are possible all along the northern Gulf Coast.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued as far away as the north Georgia mountains, which is highly unusual.

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