Six Hurricane Laura related deaths are confirmed in Louisiana.
A 14-year-old girl in Vernon Parish became the first Hurricane Laura-related storm death. According to a tweet from the Governor John Bel Edwards' Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Christina Stephens, the young girl was killed when a tree fell on her home.
The Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office confirms a 24-year-old man died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator that was placed inside his residence during the storm. Another man died from drowning while inside a boat which sank during the storm. His identity nor age is known at this time and the body has not yet been recovered.
"I heard language from the National Weather Service today, I’ve never heard before," he said.
“This is one of those events that you pray just doesn’t happen,” the governor said before the storm.
The Vermilion Parish sheriff, Michael Couvillon issued a sober warning to residents who refused to evacuate during Hurricane Laura on Wednesday afternoon, advising them to keep contact information on their person during the storm.
"Please evacuate and if you choose to stay and we can't get to you, write your name, address, social security number and next of kin and put it in a ziplock bag in your pocket," the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office warned on social media.
Louisiana is recovering after Hurricane Laura made landfall in Cameron Parish around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm's top sustained winds were 150 miles per hour.
Laura left over 260,000 homes and businesses without electricity, spurring power outages in Lafayette and Lake Charles and extending north to Alexandria and Shreveport.