First Death Reported From Hurricane Laura

Louisiana girl, 14, dies when tree falls on her house
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2020 9:40 AM CDT
Louisiana's Lake Charles Feels Hurricane Laura's Power
A man prepares to work at his home on Thursday in Lake Charles, La., after Hurricane Laura moved through the state.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hurricane Laura made landfall overnight and has been punishing the Gulf Coast ever since. One of the first coastal cities hit was Lake Charles in Louisiana, where images of torn-off roofs, damaged buildings, and downed power lines were common, reports the Washington Post.

  • TV station KHOU is compiling videos from Lake Charles at the peak of the storm, including here, here, and here.
  • The city's convention center suffered heavy damage, reports KFDM, which has photos.
  • Elsewhere, Gov. John Bel Edwards reported the first fatality: A 14-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her house in Leesville, reports the AP.
  • Laura came ashore as a Category 4 storm with winds reaching 150mph. It was later downgraded to a Category 2, per NBC News. Even people inland in eastern Texas and western Louisiana are expected to feel the brunt.
(More Hurricane Laura stories.)

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