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Metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia are Not Immune to Tropical Storm Zeta’s Destruction

As if we haven’t had enough drama throughout the 2020 year, with COVID and the politics-of-the-day, tropical storm Zeta blows through metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia on Thursday, October 29, 2020 after coming ashore on Wednesday in Louisiana as a strong Category 2 hurricane.

Hurricane Zeta was the record-tying sixth hurricane to hit the United States, the record fifth named storm to strike Louisiana, and the strongest hurricane ever to move over New Orleans.

The storm blew through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas early on Thursday, bringing rain and strong winds. More than 2.6 million homes and businesses were without power. In Georgia, more than 1 million power customers were without electricity.

It has been reported that, in Georgia, three people died after trees fell on their homes: one adult male in Cherokee County and two adults in Gwinnett County.

This is the second time that metro Atlanta was put under a weather warning due to a tropical storm. The first time was in 2017 with Hurricane Irma.

Several school districts and private schools cancelled classes all together on Thursday and Friday. Some early voting sites delayed their openings due to the tropical storm Zeta.

Still suffering from the storm’s after-effects, power crews and tree crews are working feverishly to return the streets, homes and businesses back to some sense of normalcy.


A Quick Glimpse of Some of the Aftermath of Destruction Caused By Tropical Storm Zeta in Metro Atlanta:

A home in SW Atlanta, GA, with tree uprooted in its front yard. Fortunately no one was injured. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
A home in SW Atlanta, GA, with tree uprooted in its front yard. Fortunately no one was injured. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
Power crews, tree crews and traffic crews work on Lynhurst Drive SW at West Manor Elementary School and Trinity AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
Power crews, tree crews and traffic crews work on Lynhurst Drive SW at West Manor Elementary School and Trinity AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
Power crews, tree crews and traffic crews work on Collier Drive NW in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
Power crews, tree crews and traffic crews work on Donald L Hollowell Parkway NW in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.

Last updated on October 31, 2020