6 dead in Louisiana as Hurricane Laura rips through Texas, Arkansas

by Jordyn Pair · Aug 28th, 2020 11:02 am
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Last Updated Aug 29th, 2020 at 1:42 am

Six people in Louisiana have died as a result of Hurricane Laura as the storm continues to move across Arkansas into the Lower Ohio Valley.

The storm came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane in the early morning hours on Thursday. Four people were killed by falling trees in Louisiana, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards. The fifth death was the result of carbon monoxide poisoning from someone running a generator indoors and the sixth was caused by drowning.

Laura also killed 23 people in the Caribbean.

More than half a million homes and businesses in Louisiana and another 240,000 customers in Texas and Arkansas are without power.

Laura, which was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached Arkansas, caused flooding, felled trees, created possible tornadoes, and damaged homes in the state.

While Texas escaped widespread damage, trees were down and the streets were littered with debris in Orange, Texas.

"While we are grateful that the damage of Hurricane Laura was far less severe than expected, many communities in Southeast Texas have experienced significant damage from this storm," said Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

The full extend of damage from the storm may not be known for days.


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