Hurricane Laura Devastates Louisiana

Hurricane Laura Devastates Louisiana

Sam Wallace

 

 A category 4 storm named Hurricane Laura hit land killing 19 people and leaving tens of thousands of locals displaced. This huge storm with winds up to 150 miles per hour first hit land in Louisiana on August 20th and is tied with the strongest storm to ever hit Louisiana.When this enormous hurricane hit it wiped out hundreds of homes on the coast leaving, in Louisiana alone, as many as 128,000 without power forcing many of them to relocate one of the 43 hotels in the area while power companies spend what they say might be weeks trying to get the power back up. Hurricane Laura first formed near Cuba before making its way inland to Louisiana where it then hit many other states before swinging back out to sea.

 

One eyewitness to the destruction of hurricane Laura says “The Wind Just Tore Everything Up” referring to the 150 miles per hour winds that can pick up a house and destroy it. Because of the destructive power of the hurricane one AccuWeather analysis estimates the damage to buildings in the area to be between 8 and 12 billion dollars. Some larger cities like new Orleans and Houston dodged a bullet when the hurricane went in between them manly hitting more rural areas saving many lives and millions of dollars.

 

This hurricane will have a devastating effect on small business and homeowners because while insurance companies should cover the cost of reconstruction, some people who are out of a job or have a reduced income because of COVID may not be able to cover the insurance cost and be able to rebuild. Average homeowners insurance cost by state differs, but the national average for home insurance is $2,305. That means that just to prepare for getting your house rebuild you need to pay thousands of dollars a year and if you no longer have a business then you don’t have a cash influx meaning that you might not be able to pay the insurance company anymore. So between all of these dreadful things hurricane Laura will have a devastating impact on Louisiana and its residents.

Sam Wallace