ORANGE, Texas — The destructive storm surge has receded, and the cleanup has begun from Hurricane Laura that roared ashore early Thursday, packing 150 mph winds.
The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane rose to 16 deaths Saturday, with more than half of those killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators. The latest deaths included an 80-year-old woman and an 84-year-old man who died from just such a poisoning.
President Donald Trump was touring the damage in Louisiana and Texas on Saturday and was expected to receive briefings on relief efforts.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said Trump was traveling “to be with those who have been impacted by Hurricane Laura.”
As Air Force One came in for landing in hard-hit Lake Charles, Louisiana, Trump got a bird’s eye view of the extensive damage, the smashed houses, downed power lines and trees, and debris strewn across the city of 80,000 people.
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