UPDATE: As of 5 a.m. Thursday, more than 400,000 Entergy customers are in the dark. Jefferson and Orleans Parishes still bear the brunt of the outages with 177,360 and 130,986 respectively.
NEW ORLEANS – Nearly 150,000 Entergy customers across south Louisiana are without power less than one hour after Hurricane Zeta made landfall as a Category 2 storm.
An outage map provided by Entergy showed 428,171 customers across the state without power as of 5:08 a.m. Thursday.
Jefferson and Orleans Parishes appear to be taking the brunt of the outages, with over 52,000 and 49,000 outages reported, respectively. Over 10,000 outages have been reported in Terrebonne, and more than 7,000 in Plaquemines.
In a message posted to the outage map site, Entergy said over 4,000 crew members are ready and standing by to restore power as quickly as possible. The message did not provide a timeline for power restoration.
Zeta is a fast-moving storm, and it is expected to move through the area in the next few hours. Stay tuned to WGNO for complete live coverage of Hurricane Zeta.