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Photos: Hurricane Laura tears through Louisiana

Hurricane Laura ripped through southwestern Louisiana on Thursday, destroying buildings in the city of Lake Charles after making landfall in the early morning.

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A damaged travel trailer sits in floodwaters after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on Aug. 27, 2020 in Holly Beach, La.

Packing wind speeds of 150 mph and bringing a life-threatening storm surge, Laura on Thursday became one of the strongest hurricanes in U.S. history to make landfall as it struck Louisiana near the Texas border.

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Image: Man returns to find destroyed residence in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Sulphur, Louisiana

Lonnie Gatte returns to find his destroyed residence in Sulphur, La.

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Damaged homes near Lake Charles, La.

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Image: Man holds his dog as he walks to his residence in aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Sulphur, Louisiana

Clint Pippen holds his dog Barkley as he walks past power lines to get to his residence in Sulphur, La.

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James Sonya surveys what is left of his uncle's barber shop in Lake Charles.

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People survey the damage in Lake Charles.

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Smoke rises from BioLab, a chemical manufacturing plant in Westlake, La., on Thursday.

Louisiana State Police issued a shelter in place advisory after a chemical fire erupted at the plant near Lake Charles. 

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Downed power lines in Holly Beach, La.

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A man surveys the damage inside the Capitol One Bank Tower in Lake Charles. 

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A damaged home in floodwaters near Lake Charles.

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A damaged McDonald's sign in Iowa, La.

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Latasha Myles and Howard Anderson stand in their living room in Lake Charles where they were sitting when the roof blew off around 2:30am. 

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Mitch Pickering plays his guitar while walking through downtown Lake Charles. 

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Dustin Amos walks near debris at a gas station in Lake Charles. 

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Image: Aftermath of Hurricane Laura which passed through Texas and Louisiana coast

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