Louisiana's first known fatality related to Hurricane Laura has been reported as a 14-year-old girl.

According to Governor John Bel Edwards, the girl died when a tree fell on her family's home in Leesville. (Leesville is located in Vernon Parish in the western/central part of the state.)

There is no official word if any other family members were harmed.

Hurricane Laura hammered the southwestern part of the state in the overnight hours, making landfall around 1:00 am Thursday as a Category 4 storm. That made it the most powerful hurricane to hit the Bayou State in 150 years.

Thousands are currently without power and millions of dollars of damage was done. In particular, the Lake Charles area was hit hard, where the roof blew off a casino and windows were blown out of buildings.

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