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.

Laura pounded the Gulf Coast with heavy wind and torrential rain, unleashing a wall of seawater on cities in its path. Photographs 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 via on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Photograph 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 via on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

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

Particles crammed the streets of the Lake Charles, a metropolis of 80,000 individuals on Lake Calcasieu, and a few pictures confirmed the roofs of buildings fully blown off.

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

A room that had its roof blown off is seen in a lodge after Hurricane Laura handed via the world on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

Video and 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 via the state.

The Nationwide Hurricane Heart 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 ft in Port Arthur, Texas, and a stretch of Louisiana together with Lake Charles.

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

A whole lot of hundreds of individuals had been ordered to evacuate forward of the hurricane, however not everybody fled from the world, which was devastated by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Hours after the hurricane made landfall, the wind and rain had been nonetheless blowing too onerous 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 was downgraded to a Class 1 hurricane however nonetheless blowing onerous sufficient to be lethal. The primary reported demise, 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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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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