From The Tribune staff reports
Darkness fell on Alabama as Hurricane Zeta tore across the state Wednesday night.
Zeta, the 27th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in Louisiana around 4 p.m., continuing through Mississippi and into Alabama. High-speed winds took a toll, especially in central Alabama.
Alabama Power announced 494,000 customers statewide were without power as of 7 a.m., including 130,000 outages in central Alabama.
Alabama Power spokesperson Dennis Washington urges Alabamians to avoid downed power lines and report them to Alabama Power at 1-800-888-APCO. Reports can also be made to local police or fire departments.
According to reports, the Category 2 hurricane, which produced top sustained winds of 110 mph, has taken at least three lives.