Aerial Footage Shows Widespread Damage Caused by Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura swept through Louisiana on Thursday, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands without power. There were also six reported fatalities from the storm.

Shortly after making landfall, Hurricane Laura was categorized as a Category 4 storm, but it was downgraded to a tropical storm at around 7 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Aerial photos, posted across social media following the storm, show the widespread damage that Louisiana and parts of Texas experienced.

In one video posted to Twitter by Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist at ABC News, aerial footage shows the damage in Cameron, Louisiana, where the storm made landfall. "Horrible damage up through Lake Charles & tornado damage into Arkansas," Zee noted in her tweet.

Cameron, LA where Hurricane #Laura made landfall as a Cat 4. Horrible damage up through Lake Charles & tornado damage into Arkansas. I’m back from the scene because the remnants of Laura will now move from Missouri to Nashville to New Jersey!
Video: @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/fQ0AWJx9za

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) August 28, 2020

WeatherNation's Twitter account shared a similar video of aerial footage of Cameron. "Many homes & businesses were flattened by hurricane force winds & storm surge. Surge flooding is still ongoing!" the video's caption said.

‼️NEW VIDEO‼️
Hurricane #Laura's eye went right over Cameron, #Louisiana overnight Wednesday into Thursday and pummeled the area. Many homes & businesses were flattened by hurricane force winds & storm surge. Surge flooding is still ongoing! #lawx pic.twitter.com/KCgA1x32kv

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) August 27, 2020

Another video posted to Twitter, from Josh Breslow of WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee, shows similar footage taken from above Lake Charles, another part of Louisiana that was severely affected by Laura.

#VIDEO: Aerials show some of the damage from Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana. @WKRN pic.twitter.com/cENi0gAiXy

— Josh Breslow (@JoshBreslowWKRN) August 27, 2020

"Aerial views show damage by #HurricaneLaura to a neighborhood outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana," ABC News wrote in the tweet, whose images showed multiple houses destroyed by the hurricane.

Aerial views show damage by #HurricaneLaura to a neighborhood outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana. https://t.co/CaH7MXcJxA pic.twitter.com/oEvWJUlOAN

— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard in Heartland, New Orleans, shared a video showing footage from overflight assessments above White Lake and Cameron. Laura's storm surge and flooding damage can be seen in the video.

#UPDATE @USCG aircrews conduct overflight assessment along #Hwy82 between #WhiteLake & #Cameron #Louisana. #USCG crews continue to conduct port assessments along the affected areas from Hurricane #Laura
#Storm2020, #Ready, #Relevant, #Responsive pic.twitter.com/uG8JjaBmRA

— USCG Heartland (@USCGHeartland) August 27, 2020

After the hurricane made landfall, a fire broke out at a chemical plant in Lake Charles. A video posted by WDSU in New Orleans shows aerial views of the flames and smoke filling the sky.

AERIAL IMAGES: This is a look over the chemical plant fire in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura made landfall >> https://t.co/tDzJOhOoql pic.twitter.com/5M2wTPIAIq

— wdsu (@wdsu) August 27, 2020

Todd Yakoubian, a meteorologist for KATV in Arkansas, shared a video on Twitter showing a bird's-eye view of a Lake Charles radio tower that was knocked down by the storm.

"Powerful Hurricane Laura winds knocked down a radio tower causing it to crash into a business and cause damage. An apartment complex was destroyed with huge sections of roof missing and some walls collapsed," he wrote in a caption to the video.

NEW AERIAL VIDEO - Powerful Hurricane Laura winds knocked down a radio tower causing it to crash into a business and cause damage. An apartment complex was destroyed with huge sections of roof missing and some walls collapsed. Video from @bclemms and @LiveStormsMedia #ARWX pic.twitter.com/dNatqrQuyO

— Todd Yakoubian (@KATVToddYak) August 27, 2020

In an email to Newsweek, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wrote that Hurricane "Laura caused widespread and extensive wind-related damage; trees and power lines are down, many homes and businesses are damaged."

The email continued, "There is flooding in areas in the southern areas of the state, water supply issues (some due to power loss, some due to damaged infrastructure). There is limited access to survivors in several communities. Extensive damage is reported to almost every building/business in Calcasieu Parish (southwest Louisiana). Beauregard Parish to the north also reported catastrophic damage with crippled infrastructure.

"Multiple residential and commercial structures were damaged in Allen Parish with limited access to survivors in at least 3 towns," FEMA wrote

Hurricane Laura
Damage from Hurricane Laura on August 27 in Grand Lake, Louisiana. After coming ashore, the storm brought rain and high winds to the southeast region of the state, reaching wind speeds of 150 mph and causing a 9- to 12-foot storm surge. Eric Thayer/Getty

According to the agency, more than 600,000 customers were without power in Louisiana and another 180,000 in Texas. "Power and water are priority. FEMA has 113 generators staged in Louisiana and Texas if requested, and another 314 generators available in our distribution centers," FEMA's email said.