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Hurricane Laura

Parts of Louisiana and far-eastern Texas experienced extremely powerful winds, rain and flooding as Hurricane Laura knocked out power for hundreds of thousands as a Category 4 storm. The hurricane made landfall on Thursday, August 27, 2020 with sustained winds of 150 mph, devastating southern Louisiana communities for miles. Louisiana’s Lake Charles is littered with storm damage and dealing with a chemical plant fire according to the governor. More than 1,500 search and rescue personnel, plus 400 boats and high-water vehicles were headed to the worst hit areas. As of Thursday afternoon the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph.

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