Video, photos present injury within the aftermath of Hurricane Laura

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Video, images show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura

Photos and video of devastation illustrate Hurricane Laura’s ferocity because the Class four storm made landfall Thursday in Louisiana close to the Texas border, killing at the least one particular person. 

Laura pounded the Gulf Coast with heavy wind and torrential rain, unleashing a wall of seawater on cities in its path. Pictures confirmed intensive injury to the town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, together with shattered home windows all through the flooring of a high-rise constructing.

Capitol One Financial institution Tower is seen with its home windows blown out within the downtown space after Hurricane Laura handed by means of on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Picture by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

Capitol One Financial institution Tower is seen with its home windows blown out within the downtown space after Hurricane Laura handed by means of on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Picture by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

A video taken by a storm chaser, which appeared to point out the identical high-rise constructing, was posted on Twitter as Laura battered the realm. The caption learn partially, “buildings completely gutted, glass falling everywhere in downtown Lake Charles, LA in the eye of Hurricane Laura.”

Particles stuffed the streets of the Lake Charles, a metropolis of 80,000 folks on Lake Calcasieu. Drone footage confirmed the roof of buildings blown off, flooded streets and even a radio tower fully toppled.

A Lake Charles police officer helps clear the streets within the downtown space after Hurricane Laura handed by means of on August 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Picture by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

A room that had its roof blown off is seen in a resort after Hurricane Laura handed by means of the realm on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Picture by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

Photos taken from Golden Nugget Lake Charles Resort and On line casino confirmed a constructing fully flattened by the highly effective winds as Laura moved by means of the state.

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle mentioned Laura slammed the coast with winds of 150 mph at 1 a.m. CDT close to Cameron, a 400-person neighborhood about 30 miles east of the Texas border. Forecasters had warned that the storm surge could be “unsurvivable” and the injury “catastrophic.”

They predicted a storm surge of 15 to 20 toes in Port Arthur, Texas, and a stretch of Louisiana together with Lake Charles.

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“This surge might penetrate as much as 40 miles inland from the speedy shoreline, and floodwaters is not going to totally recede for a number of days,” the hurricane heart mentioned.

A whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals had been ordered to evacuate forward of the hurricane, however not everybody fled from the realm, which was devastated by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Hours after the hurricane made landfall, the wind and rain had been nonetheless blowing too exhausting for authorities to verify for survivors.

“There are some people still in town, and people are calling … but there ain’t no way to get to them,” Tony Guillory, president of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, mentioned over the telephone from a Lake Charles authorities constructing that was shaking from the storm.

Later Thursday morning, Laura had weakened to a Class 1 hurricane however was nonetheless blowing exhausting sufficient to be lethal. The primary reported loss of life, of a woman whose home was hit by a tree, was in Leesville, Louisiana, greater than 100 miles inland from the coast.

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Video posted by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed flooding alongside Louisiana State Route 1 close to Golden Meadow, a city positioned greater than 200 miles southeast of Lake Charles. 

Almost 470,000 houses and companies had been with out energy in each Louisiana and Texas. 

This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Related Press contributed.


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