KATC will be covering the effects and aftermath of Hurricane Laura. We have started streaming Hurricane Laura coverage LIVE NOW on all platforms - TV, Streaming Apps, katc.com/live, KATC News App. Scroll down for REAL-TIME updates as they come in.
Below you can find links to the latest on important information from state and local officials:
This list will be updated as information is gathered by our team.
With COVID-19 still being reported in the state, KATC will continue our update of daily numbers. They can be accessed here.
Below KATC will monitor the storm and give updates on the latest information at a glance.
Thursday August 27, 2020
12:00 pm - Laura now a tropical storm, winds at 75 mph as it moves towards Arkansas and out of Louisiana
9:15 a.m. - Gov. John Bel Edwards said he’s received report of the first US fatality from Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, a 14-year-old girl who died when a tree fell on her home.
.@LouisianaGov says he got the report of the first fatality from Hurricane Laura in Louisiana. A 14 year old girl who died when a tree fell on her home. We do expect that there could be more fatalities.— Christina “MASK UP” Stephens (@CEStephens) August 27, 2020
8:30 a.m. - Daylight reveals Hurricane Laura damage in Lake Charles. KATC's Chris Welty provided a live look at the damage
8:00 a.m. - Power outages being addressed in Acadiana. See them here
6:00 a.m. - Roads begin closing in places around Acadiana and Lafayette. See more here
2:00 a.m. - Acadiana residents begin to feel the brunt of the storm. pictures and videos begin flowing in to KATC. See a few here.
1:00 a.m. - Laura makes landfall in Cameron Parish.
Wednesday August 26, 2020
12:17 a.m. - The National Weather Service announced that the eyewall of Laura is moving onshore over southwestern LA.
8:45 pm - Portions of I-10 have been closed as Hurricane Laura nears Louisiana's coast. Read more here.
6:00 p.m. - Evacuation traffic has begun to slow after congestion picked up on I-10 during the afternoon. State Police and DOTD ask that motorist leave before conditions deteriorate. Read more here.
2:00 pm - Resources on how to get help in Acadiana. KATC compiles list for helping residents in Acadiana.
1:30 pm - Iberia Parish holds press conference on Hurricane Laura preparedness. See more here
11:45 am - St. Landry Parish has issued a parish-wide curfew beginning Wednesday, August 26, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m., and again on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The curfew applies to pedestrian and vehicular traffic except essential emergency vehicles and personnel. It does not apply to anyone going to or from their place of employment for purposes of work or any other critical or essential business activity. The curfew includes all municipalities in the parish. A burn ban in the parish starting Wednesday, August 26, until all power is restored in the parish.
11:30 am - Governor John Bel Edwards hold press conference on Louisiana's response to Hurricane Laura. See a recap of that press conference, here.
11:00 a.m. - A MANDATORY EVACUATION has been called for the following areas in Vermilion Parish: Pecan Island, Intracoastal City, Esther, Forked Island and Mouton Cove, along with the following areas south of Hwy 14; South Erath, South Delcambre, and South Gueydan.
10:30 am - St. Mary Parish President David Hanagriff has issued an IMMEDIATE MANDATORY EVACUATION on Wednesday, August 26 for areas of the parish south of Intracoastal Waterway.
10:00 a.m. - South Louisiana Community College will close all campuses and cancel all classes this week through Friday, Aug. 28 in anticipation of the potential impacts of Hurricane Laura.
The college is expecting to resume operations and classes Monday, Aug. 31 For official updates, follow www.solacc.edu/updates and social media and check college email. Visit GetAGamePlan.org for preparation checklists and plans.
9:45 a.m. - The St. Landry Parish Landfill will be closed Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 due to Hurricane Laura. They will resume normal operations and resume waste collection on Friday Aug. 28, 2020.
8:45 a.m. - The Town of Delcambre has a Voluntary Evacuation for residents living in areas vulnerable to potential storm surges; have special needs; live in low-lying areas along the canal and drainage structures that have experienced flooding in the past; and/or live in a structure that have experienced flooding following heavy rain events. If residents are staying in their homes and are not evacuating, then they are asked to call City Hall or send a message on the Delcambre Facebook page messenger of your address and how many are in your home. This will assist the Town in providing assistance to those in need once clear of the storm.
8:30 a.m. - The City of Abbeville will have a curfew that will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to 5 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. The curfew applies to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, with the exception of emergency vehicles and personnel. This does not apply to anyone traveling to and from work or conducting essential city business activity. Curfews for Thursday and any following day will be declared daily, based on ongoing conditions.
8:00 am - A Voluntary Evacuation has been ordered at 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 26, residents who live in the low lying areas of Evangeline Parish. See more evacuations in Acadiana.
7:00 am - Hurricane Laura upgraded to a Category 3 storm. Still expected strengthen to a Category 4 and make landfall in Cameron Parish as strong Cat. 3.
4:00 am - Currently a Category 2, Hurricane Laura now expected to strengthen to a Category 4 and make landfall in Cameron Parish as a strong Category 3. See updates.
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