Thursday, 25 February, 2021


Lake Charles Buffeted With Wind and Rain as Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall

Hurricane Laura at 150mph winds, near Category 5 — Texas-Louisiana landfall expected Reuters: Oil treads water as huge Gulf of Mexico storm shuts output
Kristine Garrett | 28 August, 2020, 11:52

Hurricane Laura has made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a category 4 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia, and Plaisance from Stephensville, Louisiana.

In Lake Charles, which took a direct hit, skyscrapers were without glass, while pieces of sheet metal and roofing were seen throughout city streets.

"This team forward deployed resources", Pence said. "So knowing how devastating the storms are, there was no way we were going to stay for this".

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Trump that the situation on the ground "is fluid and challenging", but the FEMA is responding.

"We know when to get out and where to go because we've been doing it for quite some time, so it's nothing unusual, but I just pray for the people that don't listen", he said.

"We have a lot to be thankful for", Edwards added. "I'm just anxious that the house will go down on us", she said. One victim was a 14-year-old girl in Vernon Parish. He said the deaths occurred in Vernan, Jackson and Acadia Parishes.

"This was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in Louisiana", Governor John Bel Edwards said at an afternoon press conference. Louisiana is experiencing the worst of the outages with nearly 6,00,000 people without electricity.

Roofs were peeled off, buildings were destroyed, and lampposts were tossed into the streets. The harbor police were assessing the damage, he said. Billboards were punched out and trees snapped in half. A spokesman for the parent company, confirmed in a statement that the fire was the result of storm damage.

Earlier, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned that Laura's power was "unprecedented" and urged citizens to "get out of harm's way".

A calamitous 20-foot storm surge that had been forecast to move 40 miles (64 km) inland was avoided when Laura tacked east just before landfall, Edwards said.

"Your property can be replaced", Abbott said.

Mclemore says his home and church haven't received much damage, but after seeing the destruction on social media, he's hoping others who stayed behind are safe.

"Catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding continues in portions of Louisiana", the NHC said in an early Thursday bulletin.

It rapidly weakened to a Category 2 storm on Thursday morning (local time) with maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometres per hour, and was forecast to become a tropical storm later in the day.

Laura is now moving north along the Texas-Louisiana border and is expected to have hurricane-force winds throughout the day. It was continuing to bring strong winds and flooding rainfall to northern Louisiana and southeastern Arkansas, according to forecasters.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Pete Gaynor posted pictures of portable shelters at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, about 115 miles north of the Gulf Coast.

Even as the storm moves inland, it may generate tornadoes as it goes, and tornado watches are widespread in Louisiana and neighbouring Mississippi.

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