Zeta is said to be the most powerful hurricane to ever directly hit New Orleans. 

By Cailey Rizzo
October 30, 2020

Millions are left without power and people are dead as Tropical Storm Zeta made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane earlier this week.

The storm blew its way through Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia and is said to be the most powerful hurricane to ever directly hit New Orleans. Over 2 million people were left without power as Louisiana still suffered from the aftermath of Hurricanes Delta and Laura.

Four people died in Alabama and Georgia due to falling trees. A man in New Orleans died due to electrocution and another in Mississippi due to drowning. 

Nearly 30 million people in eight states were under a tropical storm warning this week as Zeta made its way through. 

But weekend conditions across the country will be mild, except for the northeast which is likely to receive cold rain and snow, The Weather Channel reported. Lingering thunderstorms are expected to appear in south Florida.

The West can expect warm temperatures and clear skies. But although weather conditions will have bounced back from Zeta, the danger is not yet over for those hit.

Hurricane Zeta
Waves crash over Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in New Orleans, La.
| Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

People in areas affected by the storm should be aware of breathing in toxic generator fumes or touching downed live power lines over the next few days, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Zeta is the 27th named storm this season, which is just shy of breaking records. In 2005, 28 storms were reported, including 15 hurricanes. 

However, that record could be broken as soon as next week. A wave in the eastern Caribbean became “a little more concentrated” overnight and has an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm as it moves across the Caribbean over the weekend or early next week, the National Hurricane Center said

Hurricane ends on Nov. 30. 

Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure, currently based in Brooklyn. When in a new city, she's usually out to discover under-the-radar art, culture, and secondhand stores. No matter her location, you can find her on Twitter, on Instagram or at caileyrizzo.com.