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Hurricane Laura Update: Hundreds of Thousands Without Power, Nearly 20 Dead

Hurricane Laura made landfall at the Gulf Coast around 1 am on August 27 hitting Texas, Louisiana, and parts of Mississippi and Arkansas. The storm left widespread damage with winds near 150 mph. Lake Charles, LA had recorded winds of 133 mph and Sabine Pass, TX recorded winds of 89 mph.

So far reported 12 people have died from Louisiana and 4 in Texas.

Damaged homes from Hurricane Laura, near Lake Charles, LA. (AP Photo David J. Phillip) photo from

Over 800,000 homes and businesses lost power across the four affected states. A few tornadoes were produced from the storm. Two were seen in Arkansas and another in Mississippi.

Extreme winds left the National Weather Service Doppler radar located in Lake Charles completely destroyed. During the height of Laura’s surge, a US Army Corps of Engineers gauge near the Mermentau River at Grand Chenier measured the peak inundation at 13-15 ft above dry ground.

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President Trump visited two of the most affected areas from the storm: Lake Charles, LA and Orange, TX. He said FEMA will be delivering 400,000 liters of water and 200,000 meals. Texas Governor Greg Abbot declared 62 counties to be in a state of emergency saying that first priority is restoring power, water, rescue, evacuation, and assessment.

U.S. President Donald Trump accompanied by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Pete Gaynor are seen during a visit to areas damaged by Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner, photo from
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