6 dead, several from falling trees during, after Laura

Louisiana

“We do expect that there could be more fatalities,” a spokesperson for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.

NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) — Six people have been killed, at least four of them by falling trees across Louisiana as Hurricane Laura made landfall along the Gulf Coast early Thursday.

A 14-year-old girl in Vernon Parish was killed when a tree fell into her home and a 60-year-old man in Acadia Parish was killed when a tree fell on him during Laura,

A third person was also killed by a falling tree in Jackson Parish, the governor’s office confirmed. At his afternoon press briefing Thursday, Edwards said a fourth person was killed. That death was in one of the three parishes where another person was killed.

Edwards said that none of the first four deaths from falling trees were in the southwest corner of the state where Laura came ashore, showing the danger in the storm in places that aren’t directly hit. 

Christina Stephens, the spokesperson for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, said the girl’s death was the first reported death caused by the storm in the United States. The girl lived in Vernon Parish.

“We do expect that there could be more fatalities,” Stephens said.

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