Louisiana Governor Provides Update on Hurricane Zeta Damage

Workers clear debris from Hurricane Zeta at St Bernard Middle School on October 29, 2020 in St Bernard, Louisiana. A record seven hurricanes have hit the gulf coast in 2020 bringing prolonged destruction to the area. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says around 469,000 homes and businesses are without power after Hurricane Zeta made landfall yesterday.

Speaking with reporters, Governor Edwards said it appears the most catastrophic damage was in the Grand Isle area after a levee broke in three places. He added that there were no levee system failures in any other part of southeast Louisiana.

Edwards said Zeta made landfall around 4:00 yesterday afternoon as a Category 2 storm, but noted that it was just one mile-per-hour away from being labeled as a Category 3.

He announced that the first Zeta-related death was a 55-year-old man in Orleans Parish who died of electrocution from a down power line.

Currently, Edwards say there are 22 state roadways that are closed due to water or debris and more than 1,900 National Guardsmen are activated in the state.

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