NEW ORLEANS: Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

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NEW ORLEANS: Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

On Wednesday Hurricane Zeta slams into a storm-weary Gulf Coast. Knocking the New Orleans metro area with rain and winds that were ripping apart buildings, power supply was out and threatened to push up to 9 feet of seawater inland in the region that has experienced multiple storms this year.

So far, it has been recorded that the storm had killed one 55-year older man who a Louisiana coroner told was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans. Officials announced life-threatening situations would last till Thursday.

Guy McInnis, St. Bernard Parish President announced emergency workers were giving their best to respond to records of people in trouble after the storm blew off their roofs.

Hurricane Zeta flooded the roads near the coast, where forecasters declared Zeta made landfall around Terrebonne Bay near Cocodrie with few if any full-time residents and a marine laboratory where a building was engulfed.

More than 200 trees are reported down, and with the city out of power supply, the Mayor of New Orleans has asked the citizens to stay home and let the officials work on the damage caused by the storm.

Over 875,000 citizens were without electricity in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, including approximately 350,000 in metro New Orleans. Blackouts were ascending pronto as the storm rolled northeastward beyond the Deep South.

Zeta is a Category 2 hurricane and has top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) at landfall and is the 27th storm on the historically busy Atlantic hurricane season.

Zeta decreased to a Category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph (144 kph) as it started to move towards southern Mississippi many hours after its landfall. Still, forecasters declared it as a life-threatening hurricane. A 91 mph (146 kph) wind blew through Alabama and Mississippi.