Hurricane Laura Photos, Videos Show Widespread Destruction in Louisiana

Louisiana residents dealing with the impact of Hurricane Laura are taking to social media to share photos of the damage the storm left in its wake.

Hurricane Laura has hit Louisiana hard since it made landfall early on Thursday morning, with damaging and flooding rainfall now spreading inland over western and central Louisiana, while life-threatening storm surge continues along the Louisiana coastline.

The hurricane is currently around 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, moving north at 15 mph, but coastal areas of the state have already felt the effects of Hurricane Laura.

Buildings and cars have been heavily damaged, as can be seen in the photos and videos shared by Lake Charles residents, who woke up to the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura.

Breon Martin shared a video and said: "Look at the wind roar! Witnessing glass shattering and shingles flying off the nearby burger shack all at safe distance.

"Hurricane Laura, a major Category 4 storm, is leaving a mark here on the coast of Louisiana this early morning."

Reporter Kevin Ozebek shared an image of a heavily damaged hotel and said: "Finally able to venture out. Massive damage to this LaQuinta Inn in Lake Charles."

Katelyn Reulet shared a video of the Atchafalaya River and said: "I evacuated from Sulphur, LA, to my hometown of Morgan City for Laura. This is the Atchafalaya flowing north [because] of storm surge."

Stephen Jones said: "Communication towers are completely collapsed in downtown Lake Charles, LA."

Hurricane Laura has also taken down a Confederate Monument, as Davante Lewis shared images and said: "Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish has been filled with controversy and tension after our parish government by a vote of 10-5 refused to take down the Confederate South's Defenders Monument.

"Hurricane Laura had other plans and brought it down herself."

Aaron Rigsby shared a photo of a nearly completely destroyed building and said: "Significant damage all over Lake Charles".

Ryan Epling shared before and after images of a building in Lake Charles that had had its windows shattered by Hurricane Laura.

One Twitter user shared a photo of her car, which had been heavily damaged by a fallen tree: "I'm so sad. My car and I have been through so much, graduating high school and college, driving to different states for shows and plenty of solo car concerts. Glad everyone is safe from hurricane Laura and if this is the worst, I guess I'll take it"

Hurricane Laura Damage
A room that had its roof blown off is seen in a hotel after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on August 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Joe Raedle/Getty
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