AP — One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U. A full assessment of the damage wrought by the Category 4 system was likely to take days, and the threat of additional damage loomed as new tornado warnings were issued after dark in Arkansas and Mississippi. But despite a trail of demolished buildings, entire neighborhoods left in ruins and almost , homes and businesses without power, a sense of relief prevailed that Laura was not the annihilating menace forecasters had feared. John Bel Edwards said. He called Laura the most powerful hurricane to strike Louisiana, meaning it surpassed even Katrina, which was a Category 3 storm when it hit in Not until 11 hours after landfall did Laura finally lose hurricane status as it plowed north and thrashed Arkansas, and even by Thursday evening, it remained a tropical storm with winds of 40 mph 65 kph. The storm came ashore in low-lying Louisiana and clobbered Lake Charles, an industrial and casino city of 80, people. On Broad Street, many buildings had partially collapsed, and those that didn’t were missing chunks. Windows were blown out, awnings ripped away and trees split in half in eerily misshapen ways.

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AP — The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Flooding and more tornadoes were possible Friday as the leftovers of the once fearsome Category 4 hurricane, now a tropical depression, move eastward. Already, an apparent tornado tore through a church and homes in Arkansas. Forecasters said it could become a tropical storm again when it moves off the mid-Atlantic coast.

More than , homes and businesses were without power in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in the storm’s wake, according to poweroutage. One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the United States, Laura was blamed for six deaths as it barreled ashore near the Louisiana-Texas state line.

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Near where he sat in his Ford SUV, utility poles tilted at odd angles and a sulfurous smell hung in the breeze. Stairs were ripped off brightly colored houses held aloft on stilts, and RVs pushed inland by the wind and water were clumped at the edge of a bayou. Muddy, frothy waves pounded a littered beach where generations of Louisiana and east Texas residents have spent hours collecting shells, swimming, catching crabs and relaxing on the tan sand in view of offshore oil rigs.

There are RVs, travel trailers, people, canopies, Jeeps, golf carts, flags. Much of that stuff was still there after Laura pummeled the coast with winds up to mph. But it was mostly broken and scattered across a forlorn landscape. Hurricane Rita ripped apart the area in , but people rebuilt. They did the same after Ike hit just three years later, in You can go down there and fish and camp. People have a lot of fun there. AP — The death toll from Hurricane Laura more than doubled Friday to at least 14 as communities began cleaning up along the devastated Louisiana coastline where hundreds of thousands of people were still without power or water — a situation that officials said could persist for weeks or longer.

The death toll rose after authorities reported that a Texas man was killed when the Category 4 hurricane sent a tree crashing into his home near the Louisiana border.

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The storm made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday as a Category 4 major hurricane with a maximum sustained wind speed of mph. Only a few hours remain to protect life and property and all actions should be rushed to completion. Residents in affected areas were urged to evacuate and brace for damaging winds and flooding rainfall that will spread well inland across parts of those areas. The number of people without power in Louisiana and Texas continued to climb Thursday morning as Hurricane Laura churned further inland.

By a. Eastern Time, there were , customers without power in Louisiana and , customers without power in Texas, according to PowerOutage.

The hurricane’s top wind speed of mph put it among the most powerful systems on record in the U.S. Not until 11 hours after landfall did.

Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge Baptist Church in the western end of Lake City, Arkansas, 15 miles east of Jonesboro. Jonesboro E Director Jeff Presley said a gas line also was ruptured, but no injuries were reported. Meanwhile, Presley says rescue crews were working to extricate a woman after she was trapped when storm winds dropped a tree limb on her mobile home in Jonesboro.

Major roof damage was reported in the Goobertown, a community 10 miles 16 kilometers northeast of Jonesboro, Presley said. National Hurricane Center has downgraded Laura to a tropical depression as the storm system crosses Arkansas. CDT update. Forecasters said Laura was centered about 30 miles 50 kilometers north-northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Laura smashed across the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday. The system maintained hurricane strength for about 11 hours before being downgraded to a tropical storm. The Miami-based center said the storm system is expected to continue moving over Arkansas in the night and then on into the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday before reaching the mid-Atlantic States on Saturday. It says the system will dump heavy rains in spots, raising the risk of flash floods.

And the staff continued broadcasting storm news uninterrupted from sister stations elsewhere in Louisiana.

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AP — The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Flooding and more tornadoes were possible Friday as the leftovers of the once fearsome Category 4 hurricane, now a tropical depression, move eastward.

Already, an apparent tornado tore through a church and homes in Arkansas. Forecasters said it could become a tropical storm again when it moves off the mid-Atlantic coast. More than , homes and businesses were without power in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in the storm’s wake, according to poweroutage.

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Listen Live. Boaters navigate a flooded road following Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. AP — The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.

Flooding and more tornadoes were possible as the leftovers of the once fearsome Category 4 hurricane move eastward through Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama Friday after an apparent tornado tore through a church and homes in Arkansas Thursday night. Laura weakened to a tropical depression late Thursday, but could become a tropical storm again when it moves off the mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday.

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Every once in a while a conversation turns uncomfortable. One scruffy-looking nerf-herder awkwardly asked a potential date her age. But the rapid-fire bonding over Jedi, the Force, favorite planets and aliens can lead to serious and long-lasting relationships. Matt Wasowski manages the speed dating nights, and said past sessions have led to at least two marriages, and the birth of two children.

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