Residents along the Louisiana-Texas border woke up to discover that Hurricane Laura caused widespread power outages, blocked and flooded roadways, and gutted buildings.
As meteorologists across the nation covered the storm, many captured the scary moments right on camera.
Brandon Clement, a storm chaser, witnessed Hurricane Laura blowing an RV over. Clement posted the terrifying moment to his official Twitter page.
In the video, a strong gust of wind can be heard from a distance. As it approaches, it actually topples a large RV.
Clement told CNN that while he was filming the shocking moment, the winds got more robust. He said luckily, and the storm was moving pretty quickly.
Louisiana is recovering after Hurricane Laura made landfall in Cameron Parish around 1 am local time on Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm’s top sustained winds were 150 miles per hour.
Laura caused 200,000 businesses and homes to lose electricity, spurring power outages in Lafayette and Lake Charles and extending north to Alexandria and Shreveport.
As the state of Louisiana marshals the full strength of the National Guard to respond to the storm, the United Way is also getting ready to move into the disaster zone.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana President & CEO Denise Durel talked about the agency’s preparation and how they worked ahead of Laura’s arrival: “We’ve got our team actively monitoring every service out there whether it’s a governmental agency or our fellow non-profits to make sure that information is updated in real time around the clock.”