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Hurricane Zeta Knocks Out the South, Causing Pre-Election Panic

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At least six people have died and at least 2 million are without power after Hurricane Zeta barraged the South on Thursday evening, knocking out some early voting sites and sending state officials scrambling to pick up the pieces in time for Election Day.

Zeta moved quickly after making landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday afternoon. It hit at least seven states, some of which were still recovering from earlier storms, and weakened to a post-tropical cyclone with “strong, damaging wind gusts” upwards of 50 mph by the following afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. It left behind knocked down trees, flooded streets, and power outages.

By Thursday evening, officials stated Zeta moved out over the western Atlantic ocean, marking the end of the 27th storm during this year’s hurricane season set to end in one month.

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