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Hurricane Laura: Category 4 Hurricane Kills 4; Extensive Property Damage

4 Killed After Category 4 Hurricane Laura Strikes Louisiana; Extensive Property Damage


Hurricane Laura a Category 4 hurricane ripped through Louisiana as it made landfall with a wind speed of 150 miles per hour. Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron in Louisiana on Thursday. It brought “catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding” that killed at least four and also caused extensive damage to property and snapped electricity supply.

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The storm barreled over Lake Charles, Louisiana, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged residents to stay inside, close their doors and turn off air conditioning units as authorities battled a reported chemical fire just west of Lake Charles.

At least four deaths have been linked to the storm in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday. All of the victims died when trees fell on their homes. One victim was a 14-year-old girl. The other three are a 68-year-old man a 51-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman.

At least 671,307 residents in Louisiana and Texas were left without power as of Thursday afternoon. The storm has weakened to a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

But the weather services warned that damaging winds and flooding rainfall are still spreading inland over western and central Louisiana. Also “life-threatening storm surge continues along much of the Louisiana coastline.

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