Hurricane floods casino parking garage
Floodwaters from Hurricane Zeta engulfed the parking garage of a hotel-casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on Wednesday, as Hurricane Zeta moved through the low-lying coastal area after coming ashore in Louisiana. (Oct. 29)
LAFAYETTE, La. – As the sun rises Thursday, the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta will be assessed across southeastern Louisiana. From a damaged levee to flooding and destroyed buildings, the storm swept through quickly and carved a path straight through New Orleans Wednesday night.
The storm made landfall around 4:10 p.m. as a Category 2 storm near Cocodrie, Louisiana.
At landfall, estimated wind speeds were at 110 mph.
Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the United States this year, marking a record high for the country.
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The first reported death that occurred as a result of Hurricane Zeta was in New Orleans. The New Orleans EMS responded to a high-voltage electrocution fatality in the 8200 block of Palm Street. Georgia officials on Thursday blamed high winds for a second man, who died after a tree fell on his mobile home in Acworth.
According to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, more than 1,500 Louisiana National Guard men and women were activated to respond to the storm and for search and rescue.
Cut Off, Louisiana
Grand Isle’s “burrito levee” has three major breaches in it after Category 2 Hurricane Zeta slammed the southeastern Louisiana coast, according to a tweet from the Jefferson Parish.
Videos posted on social media also show parts of Grand Isle inundated with water due to the breach.