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A look at Vermilion Parish as Hurricane Laura inches closer to shore

Posted at 10:42 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 00:16:47-04

Emergency crews in Vermilion Parish are hunkering down as Hurricane Laura pushes towards landfall.

Winds and rains have been felt for most of the afternoon and evening outside of the parish courthouse where the OEP offices are located.

A glimpse at 10:00 showed lashing winds and rains. Conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate as Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm, makes landfall to the west of the parish

Emergency crews say that the area is not expected to flood. Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillion says that people should take the storm seriously.

Emergency personnel will be at the command center as they prepare for the storm to move through.

Director of the Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Becky Broussard, says that some wires and transformers may be going out in the parish. Broussard says that at times in the past Vermilion Parish has gone about 21 days without power.

Broussard urges that residents now need to stay hunkered down and not try to get out or drive. Standing water can be deadly.

Shelters are not open in the parish due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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