HURRICANE Zeta has left at least one person dead and 800,000 without power after pummelling Louisiana and other coastal states.
The category two storm made landfall around 4pm on Wednesday, bringing 110mph winds and water surges of up to 10 feet.
The storm is the strongest to make landfall in the continental US this late in the season since 1899.
Guy McInnis, president of Lousiana's St Bernard Parish region, said emergency workers were responding to reports of the roofs being blown off people's houses.
The storm has also downed trees and brought conditions that officials said would remain life-threatening into Thursday.
At least one person, a 55-year-old man, is known to have died after being electrocuted by a downed power line.
Speaking in a radio interview, Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said that blackouts were widespread, and that boats had broken lose and hit a bridge in the coastal region of Lafitte.
"The wind has caused extensive structural damages to businesses, to homes, to electrical infrastructure," he said.
He later took to twitter to urge residents to "keep listening to their local leaders and follow any curfews that may be in place".
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