Hurricane Zeta brings high winds, heavy rains to U.S. Gulf Coast

At least five people died, and more than 2.5 million customers experienced power outages, as Hurricane Zeta brought high winds and heavy rain to the U.S. Gulf Coast and inland through the south and mid Atlantic states.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta moved rapidly at a speed of nearly 53 mph (85 km/h) once it made landfall. Damaging wind gusts spread across portions of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

Zeta hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a strong Category Two storm with 110 mph (160 kph) winds.

The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, pledged recovery aid to help battered residents.

The Gulf Coast has already been hit by multiple storms this year, most recently Hurricane Delta, a few weeks ago. Zeta is the 27th named storm of this year’s hurricane season which still has another month to go.

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