Louisiana coast still hurting from storms, bracing for more
Scores of people in coastal Louisiana are still living in campers on dirt mounds or next to cement slabs where their houses once stood. “We’re scared to death for this next season,” said Clarence Dyson, who is staying with his wife and four kids in a 35-foot-long (11-meter-long) camper with bunk beds while the home they had been renting in Cameron Parish undergoes repairs after Hurricane Laura. The parish — a Louisiana designation similar to a county — is made up of small communities on the southwestern coast where residents have lived for generations, either working in the shrimp industry or more recently at one of the area’s liquefied natural gas plants.news.yahoo.com
2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting
– As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. Hurricane Laura roared ashore in southwestern Louisiana on Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm just south of Lake Charles. According to Louisiana government figures, nearly 47,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Laura, with about 16,000 of those in need of major repairs. The bulk of those homes are in Calcasieu Parish, home to the state's fifth-largest city, Lake Charles, with 80,000 residents. A Facebook group set up after Hurricane Laura has become a lifeline for struggling residents.
Louisiana's back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many
Blue tarps cover houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. – Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. Coastal Cameron Parish had about 9,800 residents when Hurricane Rita hit in 2005. “Leave Cameron Parish and go into Calcasieu it's bad there too. They were the only red lights we had in Cameron Parish.
'We can’t lose our momentum:' Louisiana vows to rebuild
A 70-year-old woman in Iberia Parish died in a fire likely caused by a natural gas leak following damage from Hurricane Delta, the Louisiana Department of Health said Sunday. Clair Hebert Marceaux lost her home in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, during Hurricane Laura and said the community was hard at work on rebuilding when Delta struck. “We can’t lose our momentum,” she said, though she added there was “utter devastation” in the area. Earnestine and Milton Wesley had decided to ride out Delta in their Lake Charles home, damaged by Laura. “And with God’s help we made it.”After blowing ashore, Delta moved over Lake Charles, a city where Laura damaged nearly every home and building.
Delta adds insult to injury in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana
Marcus Peterson walks past a downed tree in his yard after Hurricane Delta moved through, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Jennings, La. It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August. While Delta was a weaker storm than Category 4 Laura, it brought significantly more flooding, Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said. Forecasters warned that heavy rain, storm surges and flash floods continued to pose dangers in areas from Texas to Mississippi. They arrived back in Lake Charles last weekend, got a new roof on Monday and had to evacuate again Thursday.
Hurricane Delta makes landfall in southwestern Louisiana
(AP) — Hurricane Delta made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a Category 2 storm Friday, compounding misery along a path of destruction left by Hurricane Laura only six weeks earlier. She was among a handful of evacuees at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, waiting to be transported, again, to safer destinations. I stayed during Hurricane Laura, too. Delta would also be the first Greek-alphabet-named hurricane to hit the continental U.S. And as the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, it would tie a 2002 record, Klotzbach said. One, Tropical Storm Marco, fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip, and others veered elsewhere, but Tropical Storm Cristobal caused damage in southeast Louisiana in June.
Hurricane Delta inflicts new damage on storm-weary Louisiana
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. – Ripping tarps from already damaged roofs and scattering debris piled by roadsides, Hurricane Delta inflicted a new round of destruction on Louisiana as it struck communities still reeling after Hurricane Laura took a similar path just six weeks earlier. Delta's reach stretched as far west as Galveston, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from where the storm struck Louisiana. Tropical Storm Marco fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip just three days before Laura struck. “The wind is much worse than what Hurricane Laura brought,” Gove said in a message on Twitter.
'This is not a bad dream': New hurricane menaces Louisiana
Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula. The projected path included the southwest area of Louisiana where Category 4 Hurricane Laura made landfall less than two months ago. Randazzo watched pieces of one of his restaurants, Panorama Music House, fly past a meteorologist’s car on a Facebook Live video during Hurricane Laura. The most recent forecast for Hurricane Delta has the storm making landfall “almost precisely” where Hurricane Laura struck — a region where homes and electrical infrastructure are still damaged, Edwards said in a radio interview. New Orleans, well to the east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape the worst of Hurricane Delta.
Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time
The storm being watched Wednesday was Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of the Atlantic's unprecedented hurricane season. Forecasts placed most of Louisiana within Delta's path, with the latest National Hurricane Center estimating landfall in the state on Friday. Along with getting hit by Hurricane Laura and escaping Hurricane Sally, Louisiana saw heavy flooding June 7 from Tropical Storm Cristobal. Tropical Storm Beta prompted tropical storm warnings in mid-September as it slowly crawled up the northeast Texas coast. “Not seeing any signs of any additional tropical weather in the extended which is OK with us because we are SO DONE with Hurricane Season 2020,” they wrote.
Crew from Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo clean up after Hurricane Laura
SAN ANTONIO – After Hurricane Laura swept through Louisiana in August, a disaster response team from Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels traveled down to the Alexandria Zoological Park on August 28 with a trailer full of supplies, rolled up their sleeves and started picking up the pieces. This was a coordinated effort of the Zoological Disaster Response, Rescue and Recovery team, which is made up of several zoos and wildlife facilities in Texas. After Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo’s initial assessment of the damage, other zoos were called in to help continue the clean up efforts. Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo will be announcing updates about the cleanup efforts on their Facebook page. If you would like more information on how to help zoo disaster response teams, click here.
Biggest unknown with Beta is how much rain it will bring
HOUSTON – As Tropical Storm Beta neared the Texas coast Monday, the biggest unknown was how much rainfall it could produce in areas that have already seen their share of damaging weather during a busy hurricane season. Rain from Beta was already coming down Monday in the Houston area. Earlier predictions of up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) in some areas were downgraded Monday to up to 15 inches (38 centimeters). Forecasters and officials reassured residents Beta was not expected to be another Hurricane Harvey or Tropical Storm Imelda. Harvey in 2017 dumped more than 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain on Houston, causing $125 billion in damage in Texas.
Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana
Forecasters said Beta was not expected to bring the same amount of rainfall that Texas experienced during either Hurricane Harvey in 2017 or Tropical Storm Imelda last year. The first rain bands from Beta reached the Texas coast on Sunday, but the heaviest rain wasn't expected to arrive until Monday into Tuesday. If the system makes landfall in Texas, it would be the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. in 2020. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda. Wilfred, which had been a tropical storm, weakened to a tropical depression earlier Sunday.
Hurricane hit oil storage site, but no shortages expected
NEW ORLEANS Hurricane Laura caused significant damage at a site holding about 30% of the nations store of emergency crude oil, but three other sites still have plenty of petroleum, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Wednesday. The damaged Strategic Petroleum Reserve site in West Hackberry, Louisiana, holds nearly 8.2 billion gallons (31 billion liters) of crude oil in 21 huge caverns deep underground. Two sites in Louisiana and two in Texas currently hold about 27.2 billion gallons (103 billion liters) of crude. The oil is held in caverns hollowed out of salt domes mountainous salt deposits that are almost entirely underground. Together, they can hold nearly 30 billion gallons (113.6 billion liters) of oil.
Salvation Army canteen truck from San Antonio crashes on way to help Hurricane Laura victims
SAN ANTONIO – A mobile canteen truck belonging to the Salvation Army of San Antonio was involved in a rollover crash while en route to Louisiana to provide help for victims of Hurricane Laura. “Most importantly, we are thankful that our volunteers are safe,” Salvation Army Area Commander Major Carolynn Webb said. Also, the San Antonio unit had been used frequently to serve meals to individuals impacted by COVID-19. The mobile canteen truck belonging to the Salvation Army of San Antonio was involved in a rollover crash while en route to Louisiana to provide help for victims of Hurricane Laura. Courtesy: Salvation Army of San Antonio (KSAT)The canteen truck from New Braunfels has been deployed to Southeast Texas and Western Louisiana for the past couple of weeks.
Texas A&M Task Force 1 team steps up to help those affected by Hurricane Laura
San Antonio Crews continue to clean up in Lousiana and Texas after Hurricane Laura, a category 4 storm, left many places in shambles. Christy Bormann and her canine partner, Gunny, from Bexar County, were some of several members of the Texas A&M Task Force 1 team sent to help victims just minutes after the storm hit. Bormann says every hurricane response is different, but the wind damage was the worst in this storm. The Texas A&M Task Force 1 team spent nearly a week in the area helping. Bormann is a Canine Program Manager for the Texas A&M Task Force 1 team and has been with the team since 2006.
Laura's coastal cost assessed with drones, satellite images
Some key takeaways of the immediate analysis of Laura's effects have emerged:IT WILL TAKE MONTHS TO KNOW EFFECTS:Scientists say some coastal impact from Hurricane Laura is inevitable. Bren Haase, who heads the states Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said the eastern Cameron shoreline got pounded pretty hard." SALINITY'S A PROBLEMAnother question is how long storm surge waters sit before eventually draining away. Laura took a slight jog to the East just before making landfall which probably prevented some of the worst storm surge from pushing all the way into Lake Charles. This might be in part because the storm blew through so quickly and the storm surge was so high that it simply rode over the marshes, rather than tearing them up.
In aftermath of Hurricane Laura, residents worry about help
Layla Winbush walks over the debris of her family's destroyed auto detailing business in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Federal and state officials are now on the ground to help residents with home repairs and hotel stays. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent hundreds of workers to the region to help with search and rescue and other efforts. Many people in Lake Charles were still staying outside town, but James Townley said he would remain in his home, as he did during the storm. They have requested help from FEMA, but Lavergne said she didn't have a checking account in which to receive federal money.
Home smashed: For one family, Hurricane Laura the 3rd strike
Bradley Beard calls Hurricane Laura his third strike. This is all I got.Across Cameron Parish, the coastal parish where Hurricane Laura crashed ashore early Thursday, residents dug through what was left of their belongings, covered now-stripped roofs with tarps, and took stock of the damage. Edwards called Laura the most powerful hurricane to strike Louisiana, a shocking assessment in a state where Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005. Out in western Louisiana it is the storm that came ashore a month after Katrina Hurricane Rita that evokes strong memories. Her daughters insist that they stay in Cameron Parish.
Key air monitors offline after Laura hits Louisiana gas hub
Hazardous emissions from a chlorine plant fire, abruptly shuttered oil and gas refineries and still-to-be assessed plant damage are seeping into the air after Hurricane Laura, regulators say, but some key state and federal monitors to alert the public of air dangers remain offline in Louisiana. But some Louisiana residents and environmental advocates say a shortage of solid government information on the state of the air is typical. No word of any major industrial threat other than the chlorine plant fire had emerged by three days after Laura. By Saturday, EPA contractors had left the area of the chlorine plant fire, said Langley, the Louisiana environmental spokesman. ___This story has been corrected to reflect that the name of the Louisiana environmental group is the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, not The Bucket Brigades.
WATCH: President Trump visits Texas as Hurricane Laura cleanup begins
LAKE CHARLES, La. President Donald Trump toured the damage from Laura in Louisiana and Texas on Saturday. It also led to fires at a chlorine plant in Westlake in the hard-hit Lake Charles area. Simply driving was a feat in Lake Charles. Nineteen babies who weathered the hurricane at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital were brought to other hospitals across around the state.
A wobble, luck and preparations lessened Laura's devastation
It was really, really bad instead of apocalyptic, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said. Lauren Sylvester heeded the mandatory evacuation, leaving her townhouse in Lake Charles on Wednesday to stay with her mom in New Iberia. Between the evacuation order and the storm surge projections, she didnt want to take a risk. In the end, the city got maybe half the storm surge it could have received, he said. The worst storm surge is to the east of a hurricane's eyewall because of the combination of the storm's counterclockwise whirl and northward movement.
Protect our babies: Hospital cares for babies in hurricane
The hospital has its own generator and hospital administrator Alesha Alford said it was built to withstand hurricane force winds. In a roughly two-hour operation the babies in the intensive care unit were transferred by ambulance to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, a ten-story facility on the northern side of the city. Two of them had their newborns with them while the child of the third mom was in the intensive care unit. To protect our babies, mattresses were pushed up against the windows to prevent flying glass although none of the windows ended up breaking. After making it through the hurricane, the plan was to have the babies stay in Lake Charles.
Food drive held for Hurricane Laura victims in Texas
ORANGE COUNTY, Texas A long line of cars is gathered in Orange County, Texas for a food drive put on by H-E-B Mobile Kitchen for Hurricane Laura victims. The event was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, by H-E-B officials at the corner of MacArthur Drive and 28th Street. H-E-B Mobile Kitchen Efforts Our Mobile Kitchen is on the move to bring food and supplies to communities in southeast Texas! At the Mobile Kitchen staging location, H-E-B Partners, wearing gloves and masks, will provide contactless service by loading meals and supplies into vehicles. Learn more: https://newsroom.heb.com/h-e-b-deploys-mobile-kitchen-to-se-texas-sends-aid-to-louisiana-food-banks/ Posted by H-E-B on Friday, August 28, 2020H-E-B staff will be on site throughout the coming days to pass out water, ice, and hot meals to hurricane victims.
Gulf Coast residents mark 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS As people in western Louisiana continue to dig out from Hurricane Laura, residents of eastern Louisiana and Mississippi marked the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday. In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other officials held a ceremony at 8:29 a.m. the moment the devastating storm made landfall. Cantrell laid a wreath at the city's Katrina memorial where the remains of unclaimed or unidentified victims of the storm were laid to rest. As we reflect on this anniversary, please know that together we have proven our strength and ability to overcome, Cantrell said. The failure of the levees surrounding the city allowed water to pour into New Orleans and eventually submerged 80% of the city.
Bus drivers who shuttled evacuees to safety saying goodbye to San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Hundreds of charter bus drivers who shuttled people from hurricane danger zones to the safety of San Antonio are on the road again. Drivers traveled from all over the country to help usher evacuees to safety in San Antonio. We’re just moving people to safety,” said Frank Stevens, a driver who lives in El Dorado, AR. ”I’m originally from New Orleans and we have hurricane parties,” he joked, when asked if he was concerned about his own safety. Taranza Curry also left the safety of his home in Dallas to make sure other people were out of harm’s way.
Laura victims may go weeks without power; US deaths reach 14
Flooding surrounds a damaged building and boat Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Cameron, La., after Hurricane Laura moved through the area Thursday. Simply driving in Lake Charles, a city of 80,000 residents that sustained some of the worst damage, was a feat. "If you come back to Lake Charles to stay, make sure you understand the above reality and are prepared to live in it for many days, probably weeks, Hunter wrote on Facebook. In the storm's wake, more than 600,000 homes and businesses were without power in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility reports. Ira Lyles returned to find that his downtown Lake Charles salon called The Parlor House survived with little damage, but his home was destroyed.
Texas officials record deaths linked to Laura's landfall
HEMPHILL, Texas Texas recorded four deaths Friday linked to Hurricane Laura, which roared ashore along the Louisiana border the day before. Sabine County Emergency Management Coordinator Kerwin Lloyd identified the first death as David Murrell, 54, in East Texas. Jefferson County Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett said the seven were found inside the Bida-Vinh game room in Port Arthur on Friday morning. One was 60, the other was 53, and both were from Port Arthur. At least two Port Arthur police officers also required hospital treatment for a dangerous level of carbon monoxide exposure, Burnett said.
Hundreds of care bags donated to Hurricane Laura evacuees in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO San Antonians are lending a helping hand to Hurricane Laura evacuees. Hundreds of care bags containing food, masks, hand sanitizer, toiletries and a $25 gift card were donated to evacuees in the area, just two days after the storm hit. The drive-thru donation event was held Friday morning at the Blessed Angels Community Center on the North Side. CEO and Executive Director Marion Thomas said when she heard the evacuees were seeking shelter in San Antonio, she knew she wanted to help. Read also:Man killed by tree is first Texas death blamed on LauraFollow KSAT Meteorologist Justin Horne as he reports from the Texas Coast ahead of Hurricane LauraThere are more than 4,000 hurricane evacuees in San Antonio, SAFD says
Hurricane after hurricane wreaked havoc in Orange, Texas. Finally, residents say they got a break.
There is a collective sigh of relief across the county, Orange County Judge John Gothia said. Its like we cant catch a break, said Maureen McAllister, president of the United Way of Orange County. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneTodd Thomas, a 47-year-old engineer, drove his 73-year-old mother to his sister in Beaumont. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune"Now with the virus it's just a lot more complicated," he said. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune A broken traffic light hangs to the street after Hurricane Laura's wind blew through Orange.
Salvation Army deploys team to feed first responders, residents impacted by Hurricane Laura
BEAUMONT, Texas – A two-man team in a canteen truck is heading to Beaumont, Texas to assist in the Hurricane Laura aftermath. The team was deployed through the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Texas Division in New Braunfels. Officials said the team will serve food to first responders and residents impacted by the storm. Read also:Videos, photos show Hurricane Laura hitting Gulf Coast, damageAerial footage shows damage over Texas, Louisiana following Hurricane LauraGov. Greg Abbott surveys Hurricane Laura damage, calls no widespread deaths ‘miracle’
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott surveys storm damage from Hurricane Laura
Greg Abbott surveys storm damage from Hurricane LauraPublished: August 27, 2020, 3:49 pmTexas Gov. Greg Abbott delivered an update on the state’s response to Hurricane Laura after surveying damage due to the storm, which made landfall early Thursday.
AAA: Gas prices rise following Hurricane Laura, healthy stock levels to offset significant ‘spikes’
The hurricane made landfall early Thursday near Cameron on the southwest Louisiana coast. “Healthy” gasoline stock levels should should also help offset immediate spikes in fuel prices. The statewide average is $1.92 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, which is five cents more than a week ago, AAA says. Odessa drivers pay the most in the state at $2.12 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel. Laura blasts Louisiana coast with wind and wall of seawater
KSAT Meteorologist provides update of Hurricane Laura aftermath at noon Thursday
KSAT Meteorologist provides update of Hurricane Laura aftermath at noon ThursdayPublished: August 27, 2020, 12:19 pmKSAT Meteorologist Justin Horne is currently in Orange along the Sabine River that separates Texas and Louisiana, just west of where the hurricane made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana.
Follow KSAT Meteorologist Justin Horne as he reports on aftermath of Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Laura made landfall close to 1 a.m. Thursday near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane. KSAT Meteorologist Justin Horne is currently in Orange along the Sabine River that separates Texas and Louisiana, just west of where the hurricane made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana. KSAT Meteorologist Justin Horne surveys aftermath of Hurricane LauraJustin Horne provides update on Hurricane Laura damage at 6:30 a.m. ThursdayWATCH: Meteorologist Justin Horne has a scare with electricity while reporting on Hurricane LauraYou can follow along with Your Weather Authority as we continue to track Laura by downloading the KSAT Weather Authority app for Apple or Android. Our KSAT Hurricane Tracker app also allows you to monitor the tropics from your phone during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs until November 30. Here are the latest updates from the KSAT Weather Authority team on Twitter.
When it comes to storms and protecting your home, err on the side of caution: We’ll tell you how
But regardless where you’re located or what types of weather your region regularly experiences, it’s always best to remain vigilant. When it comes to hurricanes and big storms, there’s always so much talk about how to prepare the insides of our homes. Therefore, it’s always better to err on the side of caution, he added. “There’s nothing wrong with being too careful.”So, the next time a big storm’s coming to town, walk around the exterior of your house, your property or your yard. You could even turn this into a project, moving just a few belongings a day, leading up to the storm.
Aerial footage shows damage over Texas, Louisiana following Hurricane Laura
Hours after Hurricane Laura made landfall in a stretch of Louisiana near the Texas state line, first responders and rescue crews are surveying the damage brought on by the Category 4 storm. View aerial footage of damage spanning from Port Arthur, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana in the video player above. The storm made landfall close to 1 a.m. Thursday near Cameron, Louisiana, and it has now weakened to a Category 2 storm as it moves into inland Louisiana. Power companies are reporting that nearly 470,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Louisiana and Texas. Stick with KSAT 12 News on-air and online for the latest updates.
Videos, photos show Hurricane Laura hitting Gulf Coast, damage
Debris surround damaged buildings in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Lake Charles, La. Videos on social media show heavy winds and rain battering a tall building in Lake Charles, Louisiana, blowing out windows and littering glass and debris into the air and onto the ground as Hurricane Laura moves over southwestern Louisiana. WATCH: Video shows part of roof blowing off Golden Nugget Casino as Hurricane Laura makes landfallOther videos from the area show road signs bending, trees shaking violently and a large recreational vehicle being blown over. Laura has weakened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moves deeper inland over Louisiana. Laura has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane as it moves deeper into LouisianaWATCH: Aerial footage shows damage over Louisiana following Hurricane Laura
PHOTOS: Ferocious Laura, strongest storm to hit Louisiana in over 100 years, pummels Gulf Coast
Thousands evacuated Louisiana and parts of Texas coastal regions as Category 4 Hurricane Laura set its sights on the area. A room that had its roof blown off is seen in a hotel after Hurricane Laura passed through the area in Lake Charles, Louisiana . (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura in Sabine Pass, Texas. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)A damaged home is seen after Hurricane Laura passed through Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)
Nearly 470,000 homes, businesses without power in Texas, Louisiana following Hurricane Laura
Power companies are reporting that nearly 470,000 homes and businesses were without electricity early Thursday in Louisiana and Texas following the landfall of Hurricane Laura. PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports, is reporting the Texas counties of Orange and Jefferson and several Lousiana counties in the path of the now-Category 2 storm are experiencing thousands of outages. New Orleans-based Entergy said shortly before the storm struck that the hardest-hit areas may experience outages for weeks. Laura has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane as it moves deeper into LouisianaThe company says it has crews coming from 20 states to help, including some from as far away as Wisconsin and Virginia. Stick with KSAT 12 News on-air and online for the latest updates.
Hurricane Laura in Texas: Storm downgraded to Category 2
A sign in Galveston as Hurricane Laura approached. Credit: Julio-Cesar Chavez/REUTERSThursday's biggest developments:Hurricane Laura downgraded to Category 2Hurricane Laura downgraded to Category 2[7:12 a.m.] After battering the Gulf Coast shortly after midnight Thursday, Hurricane Laura has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm as it moves northeast through the Texas-Louisiana border. Cassi Pollock, Matthew Watkins and Brandon FormbyHurricane Laura intensifies and is close to becoming Category 5 hurricane[8:27 p.m., Wednesday] As Hurricane Laura barreled toward the Gulf Coast on Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center reported that the storms maximum sustained winds had reached 150 mph just 7 mph short of becoming a Category 5 hurricane. The storm is expected to bring "catastrophic" storm surge, winds and flash flooding. The storm, currently a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to hit land just east of the Texas-Louisiana border by Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
View beach cams in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura made landfall
Texas Hurricane Laura made landfall at close to 1 a.m. Thursday morning near Cameron, Louisiana as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph and gusts up to 185 mph. The National Hurricane Center said a catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding continues in portions of Louisiana. Get the detailed forecast from KSATs weather team here. Due to the intensity of the storm, many webcams in the coastal region of Louisiana are down, however, there are a few cameras in New Orleans that are still operational. Related: View an interactive map that shows major hurricanes, tropical storms that hit Texas from 2001-2020You can keep an eye on the Louisiana coast with the following beach cams in the area:For full weather coverage from the KSAT meteorologists, including a hurricane tracker, click here.
San Antonio Salvation Army personnel heading to Southeast Texas, anticipating landfall of Hurricane Laura
SAN ANTONIO The Salvation Army announced on Wednesday that staff members and volunteers from San Antonio would be heading to Southeast Texas, prepared to help people affected by Hurricane Laura. According to the organization, San Antonio is one of five additional Texas sites that have prepared trucks for standby should additional support be needed. Director of the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in Texas Alvin Migues said deployed staffers and volunteers have the experience to face the natural disaster head-on. The Incident Command Team members provide leadership in all areas of disaster response including safety, operations, logistics, finance, planning and communication, Migues said. We have established protocols specifically to address responding to disaster during the current pandemic, Migues said.
Gov. Greg Abbott surveys Hurricane Laura damage, calls no widespread deaths miracle
Greg Abbott delivered an update on the states response to Hurricane Laura after surveying damage due to the storm, which made landfall early Thursday. He spoke Thursday from Orange, Texas, a city just west of where the hurricane hit near Cameron, Louisiana. Videos, photos show Hurricane Laura hitting Gulf Coast, damageThe hurricane made landfall as a Category 4 storm, blasting a stretch of the Gulf Coast from Port Arthur to Lake Charles, Louisiana. There are more than 4,000 hurricane evacuees in San Antonio, SAFD saysAbbott told Good Morning America that Hurricane Laura is moving in unprecedented fashion through the East Texas cities. So in Northeast Texas, a hurricane is going through there for, as far as I know, the first time ever, he said.
These Texas and Louisiana state parks are closed due to Hurricane Laura
Several Texas and Louisiana state parks remain closed in the wake of Hurricane Laura which made landfall Thursday morning. According to officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, state parks along the Texas coast and Louisiana border were closed Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Lauras arrival. Several state parks in Louisiana were also closed this week due to Hurricane Laura. pic.twitter.com/pOXHLZNhzt Texas Game Warden (@TexasGameWarden) August 27, 2020The Texas parks that are currently closed due to Hurricane Laura are:Atlanta State ParkBattleship Texas State Historic SiteBrazos Bend State ParkCaddo Lake State ParkGalveston Island State ParkLake Livingston State ParkMartin Creek Lake State ParkMartin Dies, Jr. State ParkSea Rim State ParkSheldon Lake State ParkVillage Creek State ParkFor a full list of state park closures and updates on openings, click here. The Louisiana state parks Instagram page earlier this week announced the closure of:Bistineau State ParkCypremort Point State ParkFairview-Riverside State ParkGrand Isle State ParkNorth Toledo Bend State ParkPalmetto Island State ParkSt. Bernard State ParkSam Houston Jones State ParkSouth Toledo Bend State ParkHurricane Laura made landfall at close to 1 a.m. Thursday morning near Cameron, Louisiana as an extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph and gusts up to 185 mph.
Chlorine plant fire has residents sheltering after hurricane
A fire at a chemical plant, BioLab Inc., that handles chlorine for swimming pools burns on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Westlake, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. A fire at a Louisiana chlorine plant erupted with thick, billowing smoke Thursday after Hurricane Laura plowed through part of the country's petrochemical corridor with storm surges and fierce wind, forcing residents around the plant to shelter in their homes. In the Lake Charles area, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality workers with hand-held monitors did not immediately detect chlorine releases from the fire at the BioLab plant, agency spokesman Greg Langley said. BioLabs corporate parent said the plant had been shut down and evacuated ahead of the storm, and no plant employees were injured. State environmental officials planned to survey the entire storm area from the air to look for signs of any other industry fires or leaks, Langley said.