Three people in Texas and a family of five in Louisiana were reported dead Friday from carbon monoxide poisoning. In both instances, the people used portable generators to provide them electricity during power outages caused by the hurricane.
The Category 4 storm left six six fatalities, extensive destruction and thousands without power after striking Louisiana and parts of Texas.
In response to the damage, the mayor of Lake Charles said: "I see things that are fixable, things that can be rebuilt, even better. We've done this before and we'll do it again. We'll do it because it's in our DNA as Lake Charles."
Louisiana saw the highest concentration of personal and commercial service losses, with data indicating more than 600,000 locations did not have access to electricity on Thursday afternoon.
The South's Defenders statue, in Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish, was dismantled overnight as the storm made landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
"Oh," meteorologist Justin Horne said to the camera, letting out a small laugh as he runs away from the blast. "That's not good. We're going to get out of the way of that."
Entergy has warned that the hardest-hit areas may be without power for weeks, as "restoration may be hampered by flooding, blocked access, or other obstacles."
Lake Charles residents woke up to damaged buildings, monuments, and cars as the hurricane hit the area this morning.
State has suspended testing as thousands of people evacuate their homes.
Louisiana officials on Wednesday, issued a warning to those not evacuating for Hurricane Laura, telling them to put their next of kin in a Ziploc bag.
"It's a very sad situation," said Ashley Buller, who is assistant director of the Parish's Office of Emergency Preparedness. "We did everything we could to encourage them to leave."
A westward-moving tropical wave located a couple hundred miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands could be the 14th-named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season.
A member of the Parish Police Jury was hopeful rescue operations could take place later in the day, but downed power lines and other obstacles could make saving people difficult.
Parts of the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge, running between Lake Charles and Westlake, have been closed due to safety concerns.
While thousands are under evacuation orders, people in impacted parts of Louisiana and Texas have been urged to take cover as it may be too late to leave.
Satellite imagery and photos from a NASA astronaut are helping to visualize the size of a vast and "unsurvivable" hurricane.
The Great Storm of 1856 saw every house in Abbeville razed to the ground.
Louisiana and Texas residents in the path of Hurricane Laura have been told to "take action now to protect your life!"
Aside from winds, the storm surge of Laura could surpass any storm that has made landfall in Louisiana history—and that's a lot.
The winds are mighty at 150 mph, but the storm surge from Laura will be so great that it will approach nearly 40 miles inland, which could shut down Interstate-10.
Since 1924, there have been 35 documented hurricanes in the North Atlantic to have reached Category 5 sustained wind speeds. Hurricane Laura could become the sixth storm to actually make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 5.
It only takes two feet of fast-moving water to sweep away vehicles and storm surges of up to 20 feet are forecast for parts of Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane and will be a major hurricane when it makes landfall in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura is set to hit Louisiana just days before the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans.
Hurricane Laura currently has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, but wind speeds are forecast to increase before the storm reaches the Louisiana coast.
As the Level 3 hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast, the City of Galveston, the City of Port Arthur, Jefferson County and Orange county have all issued mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Laura's impending arrival.
Forecasters predict that Hurricane Laura will strengthen to a major hurricane as it moves over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, before making landfall on Wednesday.
Days after Tropical Storm Marco moves along Louisiana's coast, Tropical Storm Laura is set to hit the area as a hurricane.
Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued for most of southern Louisiana, including New Orleans, and southeast Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed earlier.