Pictures show the damage of Hurricane Laura – Washington Post

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By Olivier Laurent | Aug 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura slammed southern Louisiana on Thursday as a Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful to strike the Gulf Coast in decades.

Lake Charles, La., took a heavy hit, with widespread destruction from Laura’s devastating winds. Roofs were peeled off, buildings were destroyed, and lampposts were tossed into the streets.

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The storm, which leaped from a Category 1 hurricane on Tuesday to a high-end Category 4 on Wednesday night, packed 150 mph peak winds when it crossed the coast. It is now headed northward as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of more than 100 mph.

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Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

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Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

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Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Deweyville, Tex.

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Callaghan O’Hare for The Washington Post

Aug. 27 | Holly Beach, La.

Eric Gay/AP

Eric Gay/AP

Aug. 27 | Lake Charles, La.

Gerald Herbert/AP

Gerald Herbert/AP

Aug. 27 | Sulphur, La.

Adrees Latif/Reuters

Adrees Latif/Reuters

Aug. 27 | Sabine, Tex.

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

Thousands of people were forced to evacuate the coasts of Louisiana and Texas after the National Hurricane Center warned of “unsurvivable” storm surges in the wake of the approaching Category 4 Hurricane Laura.

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Aug. 26 | Port Arthur, Tex.

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Aug. 26 | Port Arthur, Tex.

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Aug. 26 | Port Arthur, Tex.

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Michael Stravato for The Washington Post

Aug. 26 | Sabine, Tex.

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