translated from Spanish: Usa. U.S.: Hurricane Laura causes 11 deaths and blackouts that could last for weeks

Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana were still without electricity or water on Friday, a day after Hurricane Laura crossed the state and killed at least 11 people, and officials warned that it could be weeks before they could restore basic services to parts of the Gulf of Mexico coast.The death toll increased after authorities reported that a man died in Texas when the Category 4 hurricane caused a tree would collapse over his house near the Louisiana border. In another case, four people, all in the same residence, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator. Six deaths were reported on Thursday in Louisiana, where the forecast was daunting for thousands of evacuated residents eager to return.» We need help,» said Lawrence «Lee» Faulk, 57, who returned to a homeless house in the heavily beaten Cameron district, which was dotted with downed electricity wires. «We need ice, water, blue tars, anything you associate with a storm, we need it. Yesterday.» In Lake Charles, Mayor Nic Hunter warned that there were no time-bounds to restore electricity and that water treatment plants «were hit,» so only a thread of liquid came out of most of the taps in the city of 80,000 inhabitants.» If you return to Lake Charles to stay, make sure you understand the aforementioned reality and be prepared to live in it for many days, probably weeks,» Hunter wrote on Facebook.» Look and go,’ it’s really the best option for many,’ he added. Several hospitals moved critically ill patients to other facilities because of water and electricity problems, the state Department of Health reported. Other hospitals operated with generator power. Forty nursing homes also depended on generators and assessments were carried out to determine whether more than 860 residents who were evicted from 11 facilities could return. The water outage remained a serious problem in the evicted facility, the Louisiana Department of Health reported.President Donald Trump planned to visit the Gulf of Mexico coast over the weekend to tour the damaged sites. Meanwhile, the remnants of the hurricane threatened to cause flooding and tornadoes in Tennessee as the storm, weakened to tropical depression, moved north. Meteorologists warned that the system could re-charge for tropical storm force upon returning to the Atlantic Ocean this weekend.



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