Zeta hits Louisiana as Category 2 hurricane

Hurricane Zeta hit the US mainland in Louisiana on Wednesday October 28th as a category 2 storm, stronger than had been expected. It was the third hurricane to hit the battered state this year.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards had urged residents on the coast inland to take shelter, promising rescue and recovery aid would be available immediately after the storm departed the southeast area.

New Orleans halted city and transit services and advised residents living outside the state’s protective levee system to leave for higher ground. Coastal and low-lying communities along the state’s Gulf Coast called for mandatory evacuations.

Oil and gas producers evacuated 231 offshore production facilities and shut wells producing two-thirds of the offshore region’s oil production and 45% of its natural gas output.

Louisiana and Alabama issued state emergency orders and the Trump administration declared an emergency that provides additional federal resources to Louisiana.