AFTERMATH: Photos from Cameron Parish in the wake of Hurricane Laura

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

CAMERON PARISH, La. — On the morning after Hurricane Laura ripped through Southwest Louisiana, causing massive devastation, it was mostly journalists entering coastal communities to relay the damage to those who heeded mandatory evacuation orders and took safety elsewhere.

With winds of 150 mph at landfall, Hurricane Laura carved a path from the Gulf Coast from Louisiana into Texas and north to Arkansas. It came in as a Category 4 storm, the strongest ever to strike Louisiana in more than 100 years, and it will likely take years before the region recovers. So far, the death toll stands at six, as emergency crews continue to fly aerial search and rescue missions looking for those who may have tried to ride out the storm in their homes.