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Zeta tears through leaving 3 dead, hundreds of thousands without power

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Tropical Storm Zeta blew into the area early Thursday morning bringing with it heavy rains and high winds that toppled trees and left hundreds of thousands in the dark.

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8: 00 p.m. Georgia Power say 95 percent of customers will have service restored by Sunday evening. Currently 280,000 customers remain without power.

3:30 p.m. Georgia electricity providers say upwards of 400,000 customers remain without power as crews work to repair downed power lines.

Jackson EMC says power has yet to be restored to 13,000 customers in Hall, Gwinnett, Lumpkin, Banks, Jackson, Barrow, Franklin, Clarke and Madison counties.

Cobb EMC says 50,000 customers in the hardest-hit subdivisions may experience an extended period without electricity into Saturday.

Georgia Power reports 417,000 customers without power, though crews have repaired service for 280,000 customers.

2:30 p.m. Police and fire crew members cleared a scene after a tree fell on a Gwinnett County home that left two people dead inside Thursday afternoon. Full story here

1 p.m. Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King released insurance tips for all consumers impacted by Hurricane Zeta: 

12:40 p.m. - An eye-opening number we just received from the Georgia Department of Transportation. One hundred and forty-one crashes were reported Thursday morning in Georgia with the majority being in the metro Atlanta.

GDOT Crash Total Thursday morning 10/29/2020

GDOT said 141 crashes were reported Thursday morning as Tropical Storm Zeta moved through Georgia. The majority of the crashes were reported in metro Atlanta.

12:30 p.m. Here's a look at our coverage from Noon of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Zeta that roared through the area early Thursday morning.

A Cherokee County man died early Thursday morning when a tree fell down due to the winds of Tropical Storm Zeta.

A Paulding County family escaped serious harm after a tree crashed into their home during Tropical Storm Zeta Thursday morning.

A large oak tree in Buford snapped above the roof and crashed onto a home during the passage of Tropical Storm Zeta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said 141 crashes were reported Thursday morning as Zeta passed through. The majority of those crashes were in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta public workers will spend most of Thursday and probably more days cleaning up the mess left behind by Tropical Storm Zeta.

DeKalb County officials are in clean-up mode Thursday after Tropical Storm Zeta tore through the area.

Widespread power outages in the wake of Tropical Storm Zeta shut down early voting in Douglas County Thursday.

12:21 p.m. - DeKalb County officials said they are working on dozens of road issues around the county in the wake of Zeta. Here's a list of active problems as of 11:45 a.m.

  • Wesley Chapel @ Covington Hwy.
  • Redan Rd @ Avonridge Dr.
  • Lehigh Blvd @ Flakes Mill Rd.
  • Glenhaven Dr.
  • Kelly Lake @ Whites Mill Rd.
  • Keystone Drive
  • 2048 McAfee Rd.
  • 1638 Cobbs Creek Lane
  • Bouldercrest Rd @ Ward Lake Rd.
  • Wyndham Park Circle
  • 4338 Lake Breeze Dr.
  • 1646 Hollyhock Terrace
  • 4229 Wyndham Park Cir.
  • 4338 Lake Breeze Dr. (wires)
  • 5931 Shadow Rock Dr.
  • Wellington Chase Ct.
  • 3559 Evans Mill Rd.
  • 1153 Villiage Main St.
  • Redan Rd @ Redan Station
  • 6956 S. Goddard Rd.
  • 427 Pinebur Lane
  • 3311 Flowers Rd.
  • 4014 Brown Rd.
  • 2380 Pine Cove Dr.
  • Henderson Rd @ Peppermint Dr.
  • 2333 Winelaeas Rd.
  • 2949 Lavista Ct.
  • 1198 McConnell Dr.
  • Blackwood Rd @ Riveria Ct.
  • 1826 Brockton Glen
  • 2041 Mtn Creek Drive
  • Pangborn Road@ Country Squire
  • 2947 Lavista Court
  • 1198 McConnell Dr. (wires)
  • Blackwood Rd. @ Riveria Ct.
  • 1826 Brockton Glen
  • 2041 Mtn Creek Drive
  • 4514 Carriage Park Dr.
  • 4520 Jackam Ridge Ct.

Noon - Electric crews continue to knock down the power line problems. Georgia Power reported the number of customers without power dropped below 500,000 just before noon.

11:23 a.m. - State power outages continue to decline as the morning nears an end. As of 11:17 a.m., 851,041 Georgia customers remained without power.

11:05 a.m. - Gwinnett County said they have been working wind-related incidents since just before 5 a.m. with the majority of the calls being trees and wires down in the roadway and on structures. So far, Gwinnett said fire crews had responded to more than 175 calls between 4 am and 8:30 a.m.

Gwinnett said it was still working active incidents at the following locations:

Tree Reported on Building:

  • 1700 block of Hunters Trace, SW in Lilburn
  • 3600 block of Erdly Lane, SW in Snellville
  • 5800 block of Western Hills Drive, NW in Norcross
  • 700 block of Prestonwood Drive, NW in Lawrenceville
  • (trees blocking roadway and entrance to subdivision)
  • 600 block of Hickory Nobb, NE in Buford
  • 400 block of Valley View Drive, SW in Stone Mountain
  • 1900 block of Tyler Trace, NW in Lawrenceville
  • 3500 block of Yarmouth HL, NW in Lawrenceville
  • 2100 block of Kilgore Road, NE in Buford
  • 600 block of Clemson Lane, NE in Lawrenceville

Wires Down:

  • Stoneview Drive, SW in Lilburn
  • Temple Johnson Road, SW in Snellville
  • Harbins Road,SE at Drowning Creek Road in Dacula
  • Coachmann Cove, SW in Snellville
  • Norcross Village Mobile Home Park in Norcross
  • Gunnin Road, NW in Peachtree Corners
  • Chattawood Drive, NW in Duluth
  • Linda Lane, SW in Lilburn
  • Suwanee Valley Road, NW in Lawrenceville
  • Rockbridge Way, NW in Norcross
  • Buford Dam road, NE and Sycamore Road in Buford
  • Kilgore Road, NE in Buford

11 a.m. - The Tropical Storm Warning for most of metro Atlanta and North Georgia was canceled shortly before 11 a.m.

10:55 a.m. - Power companies are out across north Georgia as they try to repair the more than 4,200 power outages reported. Statewide, more than 900,000 power outages remain. Georgia Power reported 543,566 of their customers remain without power as of 10:55 a.m.

10:00 a.m. Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives reported that approximately 400,000 customers are without power. 

9:45 a.m. - We will be ending our live streaming coverage at 10 a.m. Power outages have started to drop to 900,000 statewide and roughly 580,000 Georgia Power customers.

9:35 a.m. - DeKalb County officials said only one location, Dunwoody Library, was without power for early voting. But, even that site was on backup power and still open. 

8:59 a.m. - Power outages have finally started to fall below 1 million, now standing at 957,739 across the state. Georgia Power is reporting 623,222 customers without power across 4,006 active outages.

8:52 a.m. - Atlanta Public Schools announced they have closed all classes for Thursday

8:23 a.m. - The National Weather Service canceled the Tropical Storm Warning for counties including: Fayette, Coweta, Harris, Henry, Haralson, Heard, Troup, Meriwether, Carroll, Newton, Spalding, Clayton. It's still in place for all other counties until 11 a.m.

7:43 a.m. - Atlanta Fire said one man was pulled from a 3-story home on Brookdale Drive SW after 7 a.m. The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital after a tree fell into his bedroom and pinned him between the tree, bed, and floor.

7:39 a.m. - New numbers coming in show more than 1 million residents across metro Atlanta and north/central Georgia are without power. 

7:25 a.m. - Law enforcement is asking all drivers to remember if you get to a traffic light that is out, treat the intersection as a 4-way stop. Numerous trees remain down across the area and power/internet is out for hundreds of thousands across the area.

7:20 a.m. - Duluth Police shared a photo from W. Lawrenceville Street where they were working to get a tree off of the road.

7:14 a.m. - CBS46's Rebekka Schramm has confirmed a Cherokee County man died after a tree fell onto his mobile home overnight. Rebekka is headed to the scene to gather more information about exactly what happened.

7:02 a.m. - The number of power outages being reported to Georgia Power have slowed ever so slightly. After eclipsing 500,000 at the bottom of the last hour, the current total stands at 573,472. Power crews are slowly starting to get out into the region to begin assessing the situation. Countless trees are down across most counties in north Georgia and metro Atlanta. Even with daylight emerging, please use extreme caution if you have to get out on the roadways this morning.

7 a.m. - Forsyth County reported the following roads with trees or wires on them this morning:

We're continuing to add to this list. Trees/wires down at: Dogwood Dr/Bald Ridge Acres Lake Aires Dr/ Lake...

Posted by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, October 29, 2020

6:31 a.m. - The power outage numbers continue to climb with numbers eclipsing 530,898 from Georgia Power alone. Please stay safe and stay home if at all possible this morning.

6:07 a.m. - More than 500,000 customers are now without power, per Georgia Power. Crews will not be able to begin assessing the problems until sustained winds drop, so power may remain out for some for many hours today. Here's when the power went out at CBS46.

While CBS46 was broadcasting Thursday morning, the heavy winds and countless power lines going down knocked out power briefly in the CBS46 studio.

High winds from Tropical Storm Zeta knocked out power and brought down tress across Gwinnett County.

Zeta's wrath left tens of thousands in Marietta in the dark as winds and rain tore through Thursday morning.

5:55 a.m. - Our station took a power hit a few minutes ago, but everything is on the air and everyone is fine.

5:38 a.m. - Over 400,000 now without power across Georgia as Zeta continues to roar across the area.

5:36 a.m. - Roads are closed across most counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. As we said before, if you don't need to be on the roads, please stay at home and stay safe.


5:18 a.m. - The city of Brookhaven is reporting more than 10,000 customers without power and officials responding to multiple reports of trees and power lines down. Overall, Ga. Power says 340,715 customers are without power.

The National Weather Service said the strongest winds will move into northeast Georgia over the next two hours. A 54 miles per hour wind gust was reported in Druid Hills, according to the NWS.

Heavy rain is causing treacherous road conditions and law enforcement is warning drivers to stay off the road, if possible

Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are toppling trees and power lines across metro Atlanta

5:06 a.m. - The National Weather Service said trees are being reported down in every county across north Georgia. Power outages are up to 270,096 per Georgia Power. Here's a look at how just part of the Georgia Power outages look right now.

Power Outages 5am 10/29/2020

4:54 a.m. - The power outages keep coming. Georgia Power now says more than 225,000 people have lost power across 1,680 outages in Georgia.

4:52 a.m. - Multiple traffic problems are being reported across the area. Click here for the latest updates and how to find alternate routes.

4:50 a.m. - Zeta has weakened into a tropical storm and the system no longer has an eye structure, CBS46's Ella Dorsey said. The system is moving very fast and it could be exiting the area by late morning and believe it or not, we may have sunshine by this afternoon.

4:48 a.m. - Georgia Power reports at least 183,000 customers are now without power in north Georgia.

4:30 a.m. - More than 100,000 Georgia Power customers are without power as of 4:30 a.m. as high winds from Tropical Storm Zeta continue to knock down trees and power lines across the area.

The powerful wind gusts are wreaking havoc on trees and power lines throughout metro Atlanta.

Winds with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are hammering Cobb County and most of west Georgia.

Zeta continues to trek through Georgia, leaving tens of thousands in the dark.

Zeta is now blowing through metro Atlanta, leaving tens of thousands in the dark

4:00 a.m. - Over 60,000 customers are currently without service in metro Atlanta and about 5,000 offline in a pocket near Columbus. Those numbers are expected to increase dramatically as the morning wears on.

There's also reports of numerous trees down in multiple locations across metro Atlanta. Stay with CBS46 News for updates.

Click here for the latest numbers where you live!


  • WINDS: 30-40mph winds GUSTS TO 70. Trees WILL come down.
  • HEAVY RAIN: Current models predicting 1-3".
  • ISOLATED TORNADOES: There is currently a tornado watch SOUTH to the south of the Atlanta area.

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