Weakened but still dangerous, Laura to pose continued threat


Hurricane Laura slammed parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast early Thursday with winds of 150 mph. Laura left behind flooded coastal communities, widespread wind damage and disruption in freight flows due to closed roads and ports.

Even though the worst of the storm is gone and it has moved well inland, cleanup and rebuilding could take several months at the least, especially in the hardest-hit area of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

State officials said at least six deaths in Louisiana were storm-related. Four people were killed by falling trees, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards. The other two deaths were a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while running a generator inside his home and another who drowned when a boat sank during the storm.

Some sections of Interstate 10 are still closed from Lafayette, Louisiana, westward to the Texas border.

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