Hurricane Laura roared into Louisiana early Thursday as one of the strongest storms to strike the Gulf Coast in decades, killing at least one person and destroying homes, before weakening on its continued march northward.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said southwestern portions of the state suffered “extensive” damage overnight and confirmed the fatality during an appearance on MSNBC. He said a 14-year-old girl in Leesville died after the storm knocked a tree onto her home.
“I suspect that won’t be the last, but I pray we don’t have anymore,” Edwards added.
With hours of more extreme weather slated to come, authorities said it remains unclear how much damage Laura has caused so far. Video shared on social media sees the storm taking aim at the Louisiana city of Lake Charles, where torrential rains and fierce winds endured through late morning.
Police also spotted a floating casino that came unmoored and struck a bridge.Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Hurricane Laura came ashore bringing rain and high winds to the eastern part of the state – ERIC THAYER/Getty Images