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Hurricane Zeta Aftermath

Zeta — the 27th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season — made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm Wednesday before weakening to a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday afternoon. This will be the 5th storm to hit the Louisiana cost this hurricane season. The need to support the survivors are greatly needed in this immediate area as we continue to support those survivors with our ongoing services.

More than 2 million homes and businesses were still without power Thursday evening after Zeta, which came ashore Wednesday in Louisiana as a strong Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc across seven states Thursday.

ICNA Relief’s Disaster Relief Services Team is prepared and awaiting clearance from local authorities and first responders. Once cleared to enter the affected areas our team will be on the ground withing 24-48 hours to make damage assessments and determine the best way we can assist the survivors of Hurricane Zeta.

Water works crews fix a broken water line caused by a downed tree on Cloverdale Road in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The remnants of hurricane Zeta passed through earlier this morning. Photo Credit: Jake Crandall

The storm ripped off roofs, knocked down power lines and trees and flooded streets as it roared through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia early Thursday. Heavy rain and winds also pounded eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas throughout the day.

 

A woman stands in front of a destroyed restaurant after Hurricane Zeta on October 29, 2020, in Chalmette, Louisiana. A record seven hurricanes have hit the gulf coast in 2020 bringing prolonged destruction to the area Photo Credit: Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images

At the height of the outages, more than 2.6 million homes and businesses were without power. In Georgia alone, more than 550,000 customers remained without electricity as of 5:30 p.m. according to poweroutage.us., after the number reached more than 1 million earlier. Alabama had more than 414,000, and Louisiana was reporting about 444,000 outages. More than 300,000 remained without power in North Carolina and South Carolina reported more than 125,000 customers without electricity. More than 55,000 outages were reported in Virginia.

A downed tree blocks a street on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Decatur, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. Trees in several areas in and around Atlanta lay broken or resting on sagging power and communication lines, some of which snapped telephone poles. Handwritten warning signs were taped to upside down garbage cans in the middle of one street, while police were out stringing up yellow caution tape on others. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

At least six people died in the storm. In Louisiana, a 55-year-old New Orleans man was electrocuted by low-hanging power lines. In Mississippi, a man taking video of the storm in Biloxi drowned at a marina, the Sun Herald reported. In Georgia, three people died after trees fell on their homes. One person also died in Alabama when a tree fell on a home, The Associated Press reported.

ICNA Relief’s Disaster Relief Services Team is prepared and awaiting clearance from local authorities and first responders. Once cleared to enter the affected areas our team will be on the ground withing 24-48 hours to make damage assessments and determine the best way we can assist the survivors of Hurricane Zeta.

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