Mayor reacts to glass exterior shattered by Hurricane Laura: building 'looks like Swiss cheese'

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Images out of Lake Charles Louisiana show the destruction Hurricane Laura left behind after she made landfall Thursday morning.

Laura was a category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds when she did her damage. This is a picture of devastation to the Capital One Tower in Lake Charles.

It shows dozens of windows blown out of the 22 story building’s glass façade. Lake Charles mayor Nic Hunter told KPLC the building “looked like swiss cheese.”

Scene around downtown Lake Charles the morning after Hurricane Laura. A ton of wind dam angle. Shattered glass everywhere, utility lines down. Not a ton of water but a few streets flooded. pic.twitter.com/bQAvAOI5Zc

— Bryn Stole (@brynstole) August 27, 2020

A video posted briefly before 2am shows the building being battered by the storm, with powerful blasts of wind blowing debris large and small through the air.

BREAkING! Buildings gutted in Lake Charles LA in powerful eye wall of #HurricaneLaura @RadarOmega_WX @ChasinSpin pic.twitter.com/wP3fPyREIZ

— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) August 27, 2020

The state is assessing destruction left by Laura. The hurricane now deemed one of the strongest storms to ever to hit the United States, made landfall around 1am.

President Donald Trump vowed to send assistance to areas impacted by hurricane Laura, with a Thursday morning White House release.  It states the president is "committed to deploying the full resources of the Federal Government to rescue those in distress."