At least 14 people were killed after Hurricane Laura hit southern Louisiana and Texas, authorities and local media said on Friday.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed that at least 10 people had died in his state, half of them for using portable generators to make carbon monoxide indoors after Thursday’s storm.
Edwards said four of the remaining deaths were caused by trees falling on people’s homes while a man drowned after his boat sank in a storm.
There were 464,813 customers without power in Louisiana on Friday, according to the Poweroutage.us website.
Texas was spared the brunt of the hurricane, which has since weakened considerably. Three of the state’s four deaths were also reportedly due to carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.
These victims, all believed to be homeless, had taken refuge in a pool hall in the southeastern town of Port Arthur and carried their generator inside, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.
Local media reported Friday morning that a man died in East Texas, although it has not been confirmed that he was a direct victim of the hurricane.
The CBS subsidiary for east Texas said the man was killed when a tree fell on his Hemphill mobile home.
On the previous Friday, the Haitian Civil Protection Service announced that 31 people had died as a result of Hurricane Laura, which blew up the island nation as a tropical storm last weekend before turning into a strong Category 4 hurricane.
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