Hurricane Laura slammed into the Louisiana Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm about 1 a.m. on Thursday, August 27. Now diminished to a Category 1 storm with winds around 75 mph, Laura is traveling north, bringing heavy rain and storm surge to eastern Texas and western Louisiana. The danger of heavy rain and flooding from storm surge could continue in inland and coastal areas for several days.
More than 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas of the two states while maintaining care to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in shelters and transportation.
Almost exactly three years ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas. And 15 years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
As a tropical storm, Laura brought destructive flooding to parts of the Caribbean, including Haiti. Hurricane Laura follows close on the heels of Tropical Storm Marco that came ashore Monday, August 24 in the evening. Marco drenched the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle along with southern Alabama and Georgia.
Up to 25 named storms are expected during the 2020 hurricane season — June 1 through November 30.
What is World Vision doing to help people affected by Hurricane Laura?
In Haiti, World Vision contacted communities and individuals involved in its programming before and after the storm. A few families reported needing help because of crop damage and loss of livestock.
In the U.S., World Vision has contacted partner organizations to offer our assistance. Communities are assessing their needs.
How can I help people affected by disasters in the U.S.?
- Pray for U.S. children and families impacted by disasters like Hurricane Laura or in need: Merciful Counselor, we grieve with communities suffering from disasters and struggling to recover. Speed the restoration of community life so children can feel secure again. Give families strength and perseverance while they rebuild their homes and livelihoods. We pray for disaster survivors to find refuge in You.
- Give to provide life-saving aid to families in the U.S. following disasters.