Lara blows through a wall of wind, rain and sea water on the Gulf Coast

Lake Arthur, La. – Hurricane Laura enveloped the Gulf Coast with wind and heavy rainfall, and four thunderstorms on Thursday in Louisiana, near the Texas border, thundered Thursday and pushed a beach wall 40 miles inland.

A tall building on Lou Charles Lake was blowing through windows as glass and debris flew to the ground. Police have touched a floating casino that came unharmed and hit a bridge. But even hours after the hurricane landed, the wind and rain continued to flow very strongly for authorities to search for survivors.

Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate before the hurricane, but not all fled the area devastated by Hurricane Rita in the 200’s.

“There are still some people in town, and people are calling … but there’s no way to get to them,” said Tony Gilari, president of the Calcio Parish Police duo, on the phone in a church government building, shaking from the storm.

Giliri said he hoped it would be possible to rescue stranded people later in the day, but he feared the road was closed, power lines were broken and floodwaters could recede.

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungser told ABC’s Good Morning America, “Anyone we know who lived very close to the coast, we were able to pray for them, because of the severity of the storm, there is little chance of survival.” Informed America.

Uninterrupted electricity provided the only light for some, including about 470,000 homes and businesses without electricity in the two states.

The National Hurricane Center said fighters near Cameron, a community of 400 people about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of the Texas border, hit the coast with 1 midi square foot (241 kilometers) of wind. Forecasters warned that the intensity of the storm would be “unbelievable” and the damage would be “catastrophic.”

They predicted storms and snowstorms in Port Arthur, Texas, 15 to 20 feet, and extended to Louisiana, including Lake Charles, a city of 80,000 people on Lake Calais.

“This magnitude could penetrate inland up to 40 miles from the immediate coastline and floodwaters will not recede completely for several days,” the Hurricane Center said.

A few hours after it arrived, Laura remained as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers). Its center was about 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Fort Pole, Louisiana. The harmful winds extended externally to 175 miles (280 kilometers).

Dick Grimilion, emergency director of Calacashiu Parish, said authorities could not come out to assess the damage.

“The wind is still more than 50 miles square feet and even before an emergency call is made it is going to go down significantly. We also need daylight, ”Grimillion said in an interview with the Lake Charles television station KPLC.

More than 50,000 coastal residents have been ordered to evacuate the largest since the coronavirus epidemic began, and many are filling hotels and sleeping in cars as authorities do not want to open large shelters that could invite further spread of COVID-19.

But at Cameron Parish, where Laura came ashore, Nangesar said 50 to 150 people refused their request to leave and planned to endure the storm, some in improved homes and even in recreational vehicles. The consequences can be fatal.

“This is a very sad situation,” said Ashley Buller, assistant director of emergency preparedness. “We did our best to encourage them to leave.”

Becky Clements, 56, didn’t take a chance. Hearing that it could hit directly, he moved away from Lake Charles. With memories of Rita’s demise about 15 years ago, she and her family found an Airbnb hundreds of miles inland.

“This catastrophic event was horrific in our town and in the whole corner of the state,” Clemets recalled. “Whole communities have been swept away, and never will be.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gainer urged people on Laura’s way to stay home if they were still safe. “Don’t go for sightseeing. You put yourself, your family at risk, and you put first responders at risk, ”he told CBS The Morning. “

FEMA has plenty of resources to help survivors, Gainer said. Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards mobilized the National Guard to help, and wildlife workers built boats to rescue the State Department of water.

Forecasters expected that weak Laura would cause massive flash floods in states far from the coast. An unusual tropical storm warning was issued north of Little Rock, where forecasters expected 50 miles (60 kilometers) of yards and rain by Friday. The storm was so strong that it could turn east and become stronger after reaching the Atlantic Ocean, threatening the densely populated northeast.

Lara was struck in the United States after killing about two dozen people on the island of Hispaniola, including 20 in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic, where it caused lightning and severe flooding.

It was the seventh hurricane to hit the U.S. this year, setting a new record for U.S. landslides in late August. According to Hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University, the old record was six in 1886 and 1916.


Dassault reports pleasure from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Stephensville, Louisiana. Contributors to the Associated Press include Jeff Martin of Marietta, Georgia; John L. Mone of Port Arthur, Texas; Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas; Seth Borestein in Kensington, Maryland; Lozno at Juan in Houston; Jake Bleiberg in Dallas; J. Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama; Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Arkansas; And Sophia Tulp in Atlanta.

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