Laura, now a post-tropical cyclone, is moving east towards the Mid-Atlantic states with winds of about 25 mph. Although it’s weakened significantly since landfall, severe weather threats remain, including rain, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather service.
Temperatures in areas across the three states are slated to reach the mid-90’s Saturday but could feel close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. This week, in one coastal Louisiana community, the power may be out for months after Hurricane Laura lashed the state with violent winds and heavy rain earlier this week.
Across the Mid-South, the storm has left more than half a million people without power, according to the power outage. Louisiana officials confirmed 12 storm-related deaths, according to a tweet from Louisiana Department of Health. Ten of the 15 deaths were attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
An 84-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman in Louisiana’s Allen Parish died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator, said the tweet. In Port Arthur, Texas, three people died from carbon monoxide poisoning a country, an official told.
The Refuge Baptist church in Lake City was destroyed on Thursday night, the Church said on Facebook.
Pastor Steve Hinkle said, “We could feel the shaking, we heard the tornado. Scary, but it happened so quickly it was almost surreal.” Tornado damage was reported about 60 miles away in Lake City, Arkansas, the weather service said.
The powerful storm devastated communities across Louisiana, stripping some neighborhoods down to scarps of wood and debris.
Buller said, emergency officials have not made it into the area yet to survey the damage and in some sections of the parish, the water remains high. The secondary officers for the sheriff’s department and emergency management have been wiped out. He also added, if you can access your property, we will let you in, we want to be able to save their property.