Hurricane Laura’s death toll rose to at least 10 on Friday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced.
Neighborhoods in Lousiana remained inundated Friday after the Category 4 storm with devastating 150 mph winds tore through communities near the Louisiana-Texas border beginning in the early hours Thursday.
Five of the ten deaths reported in Louisiana were traced to the indoor use of portable power generators without proper ventilation, Edwards said Friday.
“Gas-powered generators produce an exhaust of carbon monoxide, which is odorless and colorless. Inhaling it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation or death,” the governor warned on Twitter. “Opening windows or doors or using fans will not prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide.”
Edwards said another four people died when trees fell on their homes. And another man drowned after the boat he was on sank, WWNO reports.
Laura was the fifth strongest storm make landfall in US history, according to Edwards, who on Friday requested an expedited major disaster declaration from President Trump.
The declaration, if approved, would unlock FEMA aid for the state.
“Our people are strong and we will get through these trying times, and a major disaster declaration is the first step in bringing critical aid to our communities,” Edwards said in a statement.