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Hurricane Laura was a deadly and destructive Category 4 hurricane that is tied with the 1856 Last Island hurricane and 2021's Hurricane Ida as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana, as measured by maximum sustained winds. Laura made landfall at 6am near Cameron, Louisiana on August. 27th, 2020 accompanied by a catastrophic storm surge of up to 18 feet above ground level. Laura was responsible for 47 direct deaths in the United States and Hispaniola, and about $19 billion in damage in the United States. 

The effects of Laura across Louisiana were devastating. Nearly 10 foot high storm surge was recorded in Cameron Parish. Numerous parishes had severe flooding and extreme damage to houses. Several roads had to be closed, and drivers were advised to use different routes. The storm caused the deaths of 30 people in the state alone.

Maximum Sustained Wind Speed: 150 mph

Direct Fatalities: 47

Damage: $19 billion 

Saffir-Simpson Rating: Category 4

Central Pressure: 937 mb

Rainfall: 12 in

Flood Surge: 18 ft

Tornadoes: 16

Response: Cameron / Lake Charles 

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