Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana early on Thursday morning, August 27, bringing powerful winds and an “unsurvivable storm surge,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
Video and an image from downtown Lake Charles show wild winds and severe damage to a downtown skyscraper. Flashes of blue light, likely exploding transformers, are also seen in the distance during the footage.
The NHC said on August 27 that the storm surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland, and that floodwaters would not fully recede for several days. Credit: Jeanne Adair via Storyful