Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast

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By REBECCA SANTANA and KEVIN McGILL Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fast-moving Zeta weakened to a tropical storm as it ripped through the South on Thursday morning, killing at least two, knocking out power to more than 2 million across the region and prompting a rare tropical storm warning for Atlanta.

And officials said life-threatening conditions would last into the day.

Zeta weakened over central Alabama but its strong winds continued across portions of the state and the Florida Panhandle early Thursday. The storm was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Asheville, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). Zeta was moving quickly toward the northeast at 39 mph (63 kph).

The storm killed at least one person, a 55-year-old man who a Louisiana coroner said was electrocuted by a downed power line in New Orleans. In Georgia, authorities said a man was killed when high winds caused a tree to fall onto a mobile home in Cherokee County.

Power outages were reported across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, according to the website PowerOutage.us. Georgia had the most outages before dawn Thursday with more than 1 million customers in the…



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