First known death from Zeta reported in Louisiana

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A Louisiana coroner is confirming the first known death from Hurricane Zeta, that of a 55-year-old man who was electrocuted by downed power lines.

Spokeswoman Alyson Neel with the Louisiana Department of Health said Wednesday night that the death was disclosed by the coroner for Orleans Parish. The dead man’s name wasn’t immediately released by the coroner’s office and the exact circumstances of the death were not immediately disclosed.

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The first fatality report came hours after Zeta howled ashore in southeast Louisiana as an unexpectedly strong category 2 hurricane.