Hurricane Zeta knocks out power in the French Quarter

(Photo: A view from the 900 block of Royal Street after Hurricane Zeta. | @haortegaa | Twitter)
Hurricane Zeta landed a direct hit to New Orleans on Wednesday, temporarily knocking out power in the French Quarter and many parts of the city after the storm, which registered as one of the most powerful to hit the U.S. this late in the year.

Zeta made landfall near Cocodrie, La. Wednesday evening as a powerful Category 2 hurricane that nearly became a Category 3, with maximum wind speeds recorded close to 110 mph and closed in on the city moving a 25 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s the fifth hurricane to strike Louisiana and the first to directly impact New Orleans, with the eye passing over the entire city.

The storm is responsible for at least six deaths across the South, including a 55-year-old New Orleans man was killed after coming into contact with downed power lines in the 8200 block of Palm Street, according to city officials.

French Quarter residents reported losing power as early as 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Power was restored to the neighborhood by 8 a.m. on Thursday.

As of Monday at 8:30 a.m., 6,193 people were without power, down from a peak of 180,000, according to Entergy.

Zeta caused considerable damage across the rest of the city. City and Entergy officials reported more than 700 downed trees, and more than 300 utility poles and 200 transformers in Orleans Paris were damaged.

At least 11 polling stations in New Orleans may be without power Tuesday and possibly out of service, according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell, who called out Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin for refusing to provide generators.

Cantrell and At-Large City Council member Helena Moreno on Sunday issued a joint statement regarding the polling stations, which can be read here.