Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf Coast Wednesday night as a Category 2 hurricane, bringing winds of up to 100 mph along with torrential rain to the already battered coast. At least two deaths have been attributed to the storm.
At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the eye of the storm was over New Orleans. After making landfall, the storm weakened, but remained at hurricane strength as it raced over the southern portions of Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving more than 2 million people without power.
Zeta is continuing its northeast path Thursday but has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Strong, damaging wind gusts, which could cause tree damage and power outages, will continue to spread well inland across portions of northeastern Alabama, northern Georgia, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia Thursday. Zeta will exit over the Atlantic and dissipate Friday.