Hurricane Laura’s first fatality has been recorded Thursday morning. A 14-year-old girl in Louisiana died when the Category 4 storm caused a tree to fall on her home. Hurricane Laura hit landfall early Thursday morning, causing dangerous storm surges, powerful winds, and heavy rain.
Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards reports it is the state’s sole casualty from the storm so far. It has just been hours since the record-breaking hurricane attacked the state’s border.
The young girl is the first recorded victim of the dangerous storm. The Louisiana governor’s office reports they expect more fatalities to come, though. So much so, people who remain in the area are asked to carry their identity information, in case the storm takes their lives.
Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana gave the grim warning to residents who did not evacuate, reports the Daily Mail. The office said in a statement, “Please evacuate and if you choose to stay and we can’t get to you, write your name, address, social security number and next of kin and put it a ziplock bag in your pocket.”
As Hurrican Laura ventures further inland, the National Hurricane Center continues to post updates. The alerts via Twitter inform about the storms whereabouts, forecasts, and storm surges.