Louisiana Hurricane Laura victims: Leesville 14-year-old, 13 others among those killed
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A 14-year-old Leesville girl killed when a tree fell on her house was among 14 dead after powerful Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday morning.
The number of people killed by Hurricane Laura in the U.S. has risen to at least 14. Four people were killed by falling trees in Louisiana, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards. At least seven people died because of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, and one man drowned when his boat sank during the storm. Two more were reported dead on Sunday.
"We have about 1,500 people engaged in search and rescue moving into Lake Charles area now," Edwards said in a Thursday morning interview with CNN.
"We're also going to have to do some of this search and rescue work all (the) way up the western side of state as the storm moves north."
The Louisiana Department of Health said that three of the six deaths were in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes. Three others died in the eastern and northern parts of the state. Four of the deaths were contributed to falling trees.
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Louisiana suffered "extensive damage" overnight
Edwards said Hurricane Laura has caused southwestern Louisiana "extensive damage" after landfall.
Laura slammed into Cameron Parish around 1 a.m. Thursday as a Category 4 hurricane packing 150 mph winds and moved through Calcasieu Parish and Lake Charles before heading north through DeRidder and Alexandria and on the way to Shreveport.
Edwards' first take on Hurricane Laura:'Extensive damage,' teenage girl killed
"I will tell you the damage was extensive," Edwards said in an interview with CNN. "The wind speed was as promised. Right now I believe we got a break on the storm surge — about half of what was projected."
The storm surge had been forecast for as high as 20 feet in Cameron Parish, but came onshore at 11 feet.
Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star, contributed to this report.