Two people are dead after Hurricane Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm Wednesday afternoon before passing over New Orleans.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city had made it through the fast-moving hurricane. But, she added, “We have been damaged. We have been hit.”
One person was electrocuted in the Gert Town section of the city after touching a power line, the mayor told reporters Wednesday night. It wasn’t clear how much damage the city suffered, Cantrell said, but she urged residents not to clean up the mess themselves.
“Please leave it up to public safety officials,” she said.
Police in Mississippi are blaming the storm for the death of a man who was found Wednesday in a Bioloxi marina.
The National Weather Service said that the eye of Zeta — which measured roughly 14 miles — began moving over New Orleans at 6:51 p.m. ET.
Video from the region showed Zeta’s powerful winds ferrying a boat down an empty street and blasting a portable toilet through an empty lot.
Other clips showed decimated buildings and damaged power lines, toppled trees and a flooded casino.
In Jefferson Parish, which includes New Orleans, parish president Cynthia Lee Sheng said that nearly 167,000 customers — or 75 percent of the area — were without power.
A levee on the barrier island of Grand Isle had been breached in three places, she said, and a casino boat in the community of Lafitte had broken loose from a dry dock and ended up in the Barataria Bay Waterway.
“All should stay home and off the streets tonight, as there are multiple downed power lines and debris throughout the parish,” she said.