3 Dead, Over 3 Million Without Power as Zeta Sweeps Across Southeast


Tropical Storm Zeta is sweeping across the Southeast after making landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, leaving over 3 million without power on Thursday as it moves Northeast toward the mid-Atlantic.

Zeta heading toward mid-Atlantic

As of 11 AM EDT on Thursday, Tropical Storm Zeta it was centered near the Tennessee-North Carolina border, moving northeast toward Virginia at 42 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph and gusts of 65 mph, Weather Underground reported.

Zeta is was expected to cross over Maryland, Delaware, and Atlantic City, New Jersey before heading out into the Atlantic by late afternoon.

Zeta leaves 3 dead and widespread destruction

At least three people have been confirmed dead as a result of severe weather brought on by hurricane/tropical storm Zeta, NBC reports.

Zeta left widespread damage in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. In New Orleans, Louisiana one person was electrocuted. In Georgia, one person was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home,. In Biloxi, Mississippi, one person drowned.

The storm also closed early voting locations in Georgia. Zeta is expected to bring heavy rains over many populated areas, including metro Atlanta, portions of Virginia, and Atlantic City New Jersey, before moving out offshore into the Atlantic Ocean. Millions are under flood warnings in a number of states.

Flooding is a major threat, warnings in numerous states

As tropical storm Zeta moved into the Southeast and will move into the mid-Atlantic by Thursday afternoon, there is a significant risk of flooding in several states.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a number of flood warnings throughout the South and Southeast, as well as for parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley for Thursday.

Flash flood warnings for parts of: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Flood warning for Parks of: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

Flash flood watch for parts of: Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

2.5 million without electricity from Texas to the Carolinas

On Thursday morning, roughly 2.5 million people were without electricity from Texas to the Carolinas. But as the storm moved in a northeast direction into the Southeast, more customers lost power, increasing the number of outages in the afternoon.

The numbers climbed from what they were earlier in the morning, increasing by the afternoon, according to poweroutage.us.

Georgia: Down to 752,500

Louisiana: Down slightly to 476,916

Alabama: Climbed to 489,782

Oklahoma: 310,391

Mississippi: 209,520

South Carolina: 170,249

North Carolina: From 19,861 earlier to 461,604

Virginia: 43,154 and expected to climb.

Texas: From over 65,000 down to 47,005

Florida: From 19,861 earlier to 9,445.