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3 dead, millions without power after Zeta sweeps Southern states

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta continues its deadly sweep across several Southern states, leaving millions without power on Thursday, after making landfall in Louisiana a day earlier as a Category 2 hurricane.

The storm had claimed three lives as of Thursday morning — one person died after a tree fell on a mobile home in Georgia, one person drowned in Mississippi and one person in Louisiana was electrocuted by a downed wire.

The fallout from Zeta could create problems for early voters in the affected areas. All early voting locations in Douglas County, Georgia, closed Thursday with plans to reopen Friday.

Oct. 29, 202003:17

More than 2 million people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina are without power, according to a count by NBC News.

Twitter user @RJack_5 uploaded a video of storm surge flooding the parking garage of the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi late Wednesday night.

Oct. 29, 202000:56

As of 2 p.m. ET, the storm was located 25 miles south-southeast of Charlottesville, Virginia, with 50 mph maximum sustained winds.

Zeta’s speed has increased significantly since making landfall on Wednesday and the storm is now moving east-northeast at 53 mph.

Its quick speed whipped up strong winds from Atlanta to Maryland’s eastern shore on Thursday and left 18 million people under flood watches by early afternoon.

Post-tropical cyclone Zeta is forecast to move over the Atlantic Ocean by evening, but wet weather is expected to continue for people in the northeast as a winter storm simultaneously moves through the region. Rain and snow are forecast for New England, with most of the eastern U.S. expected to experience dry conditions by midday Friday.

This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day.