Warning Alert 

Weather: Recovery efforts likely to continue in parts of Louisiana and Texas, US, into early September following the passage of Hurricane Laura. 
 

  • Alert Begins: 27 Aug 2020 06:20 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 05 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Hurricane Laura Aftermath
  • Location(s): Louisiana, southeast Texas (map)
  • Time Frame: Into early September
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, power outages

 

Summary

 

Recovery efforts will likely extend through at least early September in large areas of Louisiana and southeast Texas following the Aug. 26-27 passage of Hurricane Laura. The storm left numerous roads flooded, downed trees, and damaged buildings and power infrastructure in several cities in the region. As of early Aug. 27, more than 500,000 customers in Louisiana and over 130,000 in Texas were without electricity.

Cleanup and recovery efforts will probably be more prolonged in southwestern Louisiana, and particularly in locations such as Lake Charles in Cameron County where dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed, with many roads being blocked by debris and flooding. Additionally, a chemical fire prompted the closure of Interstate Highway 10 near Lake Charles. In Texas, the cities of Galveston, Port City, and Beaumont were the most affected by the hurricane, primarily due to downed trees and damaged buildings. 

Significant transport, telecommunications, and business disruptions could continue across the affected area for several days.

 

Advice

 

Seek updated information on road conditions before driving in affected areas; some roads could be closed for days. Plan accordingly for protracted commercial, transport, and logistical disruptions. Charge battery-powered devices when electricity is available; restrict the use of cellphones to emergencies only. Power down mobile devices when not in use. Stock up on drinking water and confirm alternative water supplies for business operations. Keep important documents in waterproof containers.

 

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