PHOTOS: Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm before weakening to a Category 2.

The storm is causing flash flooding with a catastrophic storm surge in southwestern Louisiana.

Benjamin Luna helps recover items from the children's wing of the First Pentecostal Church that was destroyed by Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Benjamin Luna helps recover items from the children's wing of the First Pentecostal Church that was destroyed by Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Maria Ramirez and her son 17-year old son Jose Avila stand in front of their home in Orange, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, and survey damage after a portion of the large tree on their front lawn was blown down onto their house by Hurricane Laura's winds. Ramirez, 57, said the tree crashed through her garage and also damaged her living room and kitchen. Ramirez said she her family had evacuated to Houston before the storm came ashore and were not at home when the tree fell. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)
Neftali Luna surveys damages to the children's wing of the First Pentecostal Church caused by Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Neftali Luna surveys damages to the children's wing of the First Pentecostal Church caused by Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Homes and other buildings have been left damaged by Hurricane Laura, Thursday Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)
Boats and debris are seen along the beach following Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, La., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)
An electric pole and campaign sign are seen on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
This aerial photo shows damage from Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)
A man looks into an overturned 18-wheeler truck at daybreak after Hurricane Laura moved through the area Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Sulphur, La. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Dustin Amos walks near debris at a gas station on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La., after Hurricane Laura moved through the state. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Dustin Amos walks near debris at a gas station on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La., after Hurricane Laura moved through the state. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Down power lines stretch across a road in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Sabine Pass, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
GALVESTON, TX - A view of waves from Hurricane Laura on August 25, 2020 in Galveston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 2:40 p.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Laura over the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Laura strengthened Wednesday into “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane," The National Hurricane Center said. Laura is expected to strike Wednesday night into Thursday morning along the Louisiana-Texas border. (NOAA via AP)

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