The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi

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A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS – The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT):

10:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared an emergency exists in Mississippi and ordered federal assistance be expedited to aid state, local and tribal efforts to recover from Hurricane Zeta.

The president authorized the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in the state and provide help to save lives and protect property.

A statement on the declaration released Wednesday evening said the steps were ordered for the counties of Clarke, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne.

It added that FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide equipment and resources to deal with the emergency caused by Zeta's passage.


10:35 p.m.