Tropical Storm Laura batters Louisiana

By Meg Wagner, Amy Woodyatt and Melissa Mahtani, CNN

Updated 9:11 PM ET, Thu August 27, 2020
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8:52 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Louisiana governor says no reported deaths so far

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state currently doesn’t have any reported fatalities from Hurricane Laura.

Speaking on CNN’s New Day, Edwards continued saying, “I don’t know how long that will hold up, but that’s a blessing.”

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8:44 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Evacuations "no doubt saved lives," Texas governor says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said major evacuations along coastal Texas ahead of Hurricane Laura “no doubt saved lives.”  

"The early reports are that there were no deaths," Abbot said while speaking to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “One reason for that is because people did heed the warnings to evacuate.” 

But Abbott warned the storm isn’t over yet. 

“If you go further up in Texas, in North East Texas, the hurricane is still going through,” Abbott said. “So there's powerful winds knocking down very tall trees, in east Texas as well as potential tornado activity. So people in northeast Texas, still need to remain very vigilant right now.”

He continued:

“Right now we have search and rescue teams that are already going throughout the entire area to see if there is anybody who does need some type of assistance with the level of water that you're talking about, especially in the Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange areas that were the closest to the Louisiana border that could have faced the hardest brunt of the storm."  

Emergency crews are on the ground right now, “making assessment about what the flooding damage is.”  

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8:21 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

More than 500,000 customers without power in Louisiana and Texas

From CNN's Tina Burnside

More power outages have been reported in Texas and Louisiana this morning, with more than 500,000 customers affected in the states.

Louisiana is experiencing the most significant outages from Hurricane Laura, with almost 400,000 customers without power, according to to PowerOutage.US.

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 customers are affected in Texas.

8:10 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Here's the latest update on Laura from the National Hurricane Center

According to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. ET advisory, Hurricane Laura has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.

"Damaging winds and flooding rainfall spreading inland over western and central Louisiana," the advisory said. "Life-threatening storm surge continues along much of the Louisiana coastline."

Here's a look at the latest predicted path:

8:04 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Parts of the roof of a Louisiana casino flew off as the storm hit

Hurricane Laura blew chucks off of the Golden Nugget Casino's roof as it tore through the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Ted Oberg, a reporter for CNN affiliate KTRK was in Lake Charles as hurricane Laura hit the area. As the winds picked up overnight, part of the roof of the Golden Nugget Casino began flying off. 

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7:45 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

This storm chaser watched Hurricane Laura blow an RV over

Laura weakened to a Category 2 storm, with winds of 110 mph. Earlier this morning, it made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm.

Storm chaser Brandon Clement witnessed strong winds blow an RV over as he documented Hurricane Laura's Louisiana landfall.

See what happened:

7:28 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Storm surge could spread up to 30 miles inland

Hurricane Laura is battering Louisiana this morning — and the coast isn't the only area that's threatened.

The storm surge for Laura could spread up to 30 miles inland in southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, reaching all the way to Interstate 10 potentially between Beaumont and Lake Charles.

Here's a look at where there's storm surge warnings:

7:21 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Almost 450,000 customers without power

From CNN's Joe Sutton

More power outages have been reported in Texas and Louisiana this morning, with almost 450,000 customers without power in both states, according to PowerOutage.US.

Louisiana is experiencing the most significant outages from Hurricane Laura, with outages affecting almost 360,000 customers. Meanwhile, more than 85,000 of affected customers are in Texas.

 

7:20 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Laura is expected to stay a hurricane all the way to the Arkansas border

Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said that while Laura has weakened since landfall, it's expected to remain a hurricane as it travels northward throughout Louisiana today.

"We expect Hurricane Laura to still be a hurricane even when you get up tp Shreveport, right on the Arkansas border," he said on CNN's New day.

Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm overnight. Since then, it has weakened to a Category 2, with winds of 110 mph.