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The Latest: Laura, downgraded to a category 1 storm, aims for Arkansas

3 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, August 27 2020 Aug 27, 2020 August 27, 2020 9:58 AM August 27, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press
Flooding in St. Mary Parish due to Hurricane Laura on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Photo: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Hurricane Laura is headed toward Arkansas, where an unusual tropical storm warning has been issued for much of the state.

The storm is hitting during the state’s first week back at public school since March. Many schools in the southern half of Arkansas opted to cancel classes Thursday or dismiss early because of the storm.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared an emergency and set aside $250,000 for the state to prepare for the hurricane’s impact. Hutchinson said the state will have search and rescue teams on standby.

Laura is now a Category 1 hurricane but still blowing hard enough to be deadly. The first reported death, of a girl whose house was hit by a tree, was in Leesburg, more than 100 miles inland from the coast.

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