On Dauphin Island, off the Alabama coast, workers at Dauphin Island Marina prepared for Zeta, although there was little left to protect after Hurricane Sally hit in September.
A 55-year-old died from electrocution in Louisiana, the governor said, and another person was killed in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mayor Sheldon Day of Thomasville, Ala., said hundreds of trees fell in roads and on homes, while some gas station canopies blew over.
Zeta weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph as it moved into southern MS few hours after landfall, but forecasters said it remained a life-threatening storm. In a televised press briefing, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that in his state the storm caused the closure of 22 state roadways and hundreds of thousands were without power, but only 76 additional people were in shelters - though well over 3,000 people were already in those shelters from hurricanes Laura and Delta.
In Douglas County, in the Atlanta metropolitan area, there's no power at any of the six early voting locations, so none have opened.
The region is still recovering from Hurricane Delta, which hit just three weeks earlier roughly 60 miles away.
They say that they will have a better grasp on the damage at individual polling places over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Widespread damage and downed power lines in New Orleans were assessed Thursday, October 29, the morning after Hurricane Zeta battered the state as a Category 2 storm.
Zeta re-strengthened into a hurricane early Wednesday as Louisiana braced for the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season.
Zeta is now moving north.
By Thursday evening, the heaviest rain will be hitting Philadelphia, New York City and southern New England, where residents should be on the lookout for flash flooding.
But the rate at which hurricane Zeta travelled onshore and inland could exacerbate the industry loss and brings back memories of hurricane Isaias from August this year, which caused property damage as far north as into NY state.
A dusting of snow is possible in CT and New York's Hudson Valley. But the storm is still bringing strong wind gusts to North Carolina and Virginia, and some tornadoes could form in those states this afternoon, the center added.