9,343 homes damaged, 2 deaths, dozens of injuries


Boat owner Layne Zuelke talks about what he found when he checked on his boat after Hurricane Zeta.


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Two people died in Mississippi and another 77 reportedly were injured after Hurricane Zeta struck the Gulf Coast, Mississippi Emergency Management officials reported Monday.

The two deaths occurred in Harrison County, MEMA reported.

Preliminary damage reports provided to MEMA show 9,343 homes sustained damage from the hurricane. More than 250 public roads and buildings and around 250 businesses and farms also were damaged.

Damage was reported in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Greene, Stone, Perry, Forrest and Wayne counties.


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Nearly 30,000 customers remain without power nearly a week after Hurricane Zeta struck the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm.

The bulk of the outages are in five counties: Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George and Greene, according to poweroutage.us.

Mississippi Power officials said in an email it plans to have around 95% of its customers’ power restored by Monday night.

The power company brought in lineworkers, tree trimmers, engineers, logistics and security from 18 states to get power restored as quickly as possible.

As hurricane recovery continues, Harrison County officials announced Monday morning that it had run out of supplies at the county’s three Mississippi Emergency Management Agency points of distribution, including shelf-stable meals, tarps and water.

One shelter remains open in Hancock County at the Kiln Safe Room, 18324 Mississippi 43 in Kiln.

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Schools in George, Greene, Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties, Bay-Waveland and Gulfport school districts were closed Monday, with an expected return on Tuesday.

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A woman stands in front of a destroyed restaurant after Hurricane Zeta on October 29, 2020, in Chalmette, Louisiana. A record seven hurricanes have hit the gulf coast in 2020 bringing prolonged destruction to the area. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images)

Catholic schools Holy Trinity in Bay St. Louis and St. James in Gulfport were closed Monday. A gas line was being checked at Holy Trinity while St. James remains without power.

Other schools in the Biloxi Diocese, which includes Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Forrest and Pearl River counties, were open.

Hurricane Zeta made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cocodrie, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph. 

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Hot meals by Mercy Chefs are available to the Coast community from noon-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday in the parking lot of Calvary Chapel, 317 Reese St. in Bay St. Louis. Salvation Army is providing meals from 3-6 p.m. Monday in Hancock County at the Hancock County Arena, Longfellow Farmers Market and Bayside Fire Department.

Flood warning in effect

A flood warning is in effect for George, Greene and Wayne counties along the Chickasawhay River. Flood stage is at 20 feet. As of Sunday night, the river was at 21.2 feet. The warning will expire Monday night in George County and Tuesday morning for Greene and Wayne counties.

In north Mississippi, a freeze warning was in effect overnight, with temperatures dipping into the high 20s and low 30s.

Affected counties include Alcorn, Benton, Chickasaw, DeSoto, Itawamba, Lafayette, LeeMarshall, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica and Union.

Hurricane Eta becomes 28th named Atlantic storm

Also on Monday, a storm in the Caribbean became a hurricane and is expected to rapidly reach major hurricane strength and is expected to affect parts of Central America, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Eta had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was located about 155 miles east of the Nicaragua-Honduras border, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving west at 12 mph.

Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record for named storms, USA TODAY reported. However, this is the first time the Greek letter Eta is being used as a storm name because after the 2005 season ended, meteorologists went back and determined there had been a storm that should have gotten a name but didn’t.

Contact Lici Beveridge at 601-584-3104 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @licibev or Facebook at facebook.com/licibeveridge.

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