Latest Hurricane Laura News

'Crumbs:' Federal aid falls short for southwest Louisiana

Oct. 03, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana leaders say the disaster assistance approved by Congress will be too little to solve the lingering housing crisis and other needs caused by Hurricane Laura, which struck the region more than a year ago. Billions of dollars in...

Displaced by Laura, pageant winner finds place in new home

Oct. 02, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — When Molly Jo Webb and her family returned to their house in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura had ripped through the city, they were relieved to see it had sustained minimal damage. Webb’s high school — where she was meant to be starting 11th grade after six months...

In battle to restore power after Ida, a tent city rises

Sep. 24, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

AMELIA, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Ida was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the grass was chest high and the warehouse empty at this lot in southeastern Louisiana. Within days, electric officials transformed it into a bustling “tent city” with enormous, air-conditioned tents for workers, a...

Analysis: Ida's destruction may help Hurricane Laura victims

Sep. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura. Ida's...

Nicholas, now a tropical depression, still douses Gulf Coast

Sep. 14, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas continued weakening Tuesday night after being downgraded to a tropical depression and slowing to a crawl over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, drenching both states with flooding rains. The downgrade...

Nicholas strengthens to hurricane ahead of Texas landfall

Sep. 14, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Nicholas strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Monday as it headed toward landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast and it was expected to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana. Forecasters at the National...

Tropical Storm Nicholas threatens Gulf Coast with heavy rain

Sep. 12, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas headed toward the Texas coast Sunday night, threatening to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas of Texas, Mexico and storm-battered Louisiana. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said a hurricane watch was...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 08, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

The Advocate. September 8, 2021. Editorial: New Orleans and Baton Rouge were largely spared, but communities in Ida’s path shouldn’t be forgotten According to the national narrative, the story of Katrina was that a great American city was brought...

Hurricane Ida turns spotlight on Louisiana power grid issues

Sep. 04, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

Power out, high voltage lines on the ground, weeks until electricity is restored in some places: The dismal state of power in Hurricane Ida's wake is a distressingly familiar scenario for Entergy Corp., Louisiana's largest electrical utility. The power company has...

EXPLAINER: Hit by Ida, New Orleans faces weeks without power

Aug. 30, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricane Ida knocked out all eight transmission lines that deliver power to New Orleans, leaving the entire city without electricity as the powerful storm pushed through on Sunday and early Monday with winds that reached 150 miles per hour. Some of the hardest-hit areas...