FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Hurricane Laura made landfall around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
Since sunrise, the full scale of the damage has become visible.
Catastrophic damage has been reported in southwest Louisiana.
Numerous buildings and trees were leveled.
The National Weather Service office in Lake Charles had a doppler radar, but Hurricane Laura destroyed it.
The Lake Charles radar did not fare well as Hurricane Laura rolled through during the overnight hours.
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The storm surge flooded numerous buildings.
Over 400 thousand people were without power as of Thursday morning.
A large chemical leak has been reported outside of Lake Charles on I-10.
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As of Thursday morning, there has been one reported fatality.
A 14-year-old girl died after a tree fell on her house.
The strongest wind gust from Hurricane Laura was recorded at the Lake Charles Airport of 132 mph.
The storm is going to continue to weaken as it moves further inland.