(CNN)In one coastal Louisiana community, the power may be out for months after Hurricane Laura lashed the state with violent winds and heavy rain earlier this week.
Across the Mid-South, the storm has left more than half a million people without power, according to poweroutage.us. That’s especially dangerous for communities in parts of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas that are still reeling from the storm’s damage and under a heat advisory for this weekend. Temperatures in areas across the three states are slated to reach the mid-90s Saturday but could feel close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, according to CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin. Laura, now a post-tropical cyclone, is moving east towards the Mid-Atlantic states with winds of about 25 mph. Although it’s weakened significantly since landfall, severe weather threats remain, including rain, strong winds and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.Carbon monoxide deathsRead MoreThe death toll Saturday was 13, authorities said.Louisiana officials have confirmed 10 storm-related deaths. Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Twitter that five of those were from the use of portable generators indoors.
Five of the ten deaths reported in Louisiana related to #HurricaneLaura are from the use of portable power generators indoors. Never use generators indoors, including in garages, carports, basements or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. #lagov pic.twitter.com/84yZcJpzGG
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) August 28, 2020 Edward reported earlier that at least four died due to falling trees.In Port Arthur, Texas, three people died from carbon monoxide poisoning, a county official told CNN Friday.They “had a generator working inside a building,” Allison Getz a public information officer for the Jefferson County Emergency Management told CNN.Six others were taken to a hospital.Facing Laura's devastation is 'like a bad science fiction novel,' mayor says, while 600,000 still lack power In a separate incident, 17 people were transported to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Angie Hebert, a spokesperson for Medical Center of Southeast Texas.In the immediate aftermath of Laura, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory Thursday warning of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. With power knocked out to thousands of homes and businesses, the CDC warned of the risks if people turn to “alternate power sources such as gasoline generators and may use propane or charcoal grills for cooking.””If used or placed improperly, these sources can lead to CO (carbon monoxide) buildup inside buildings, garages, or campers and poison the people and animals inside.”No power for two months The powerful storm devastated communities across Louisiana, stripping some neighborhoods down to scraps of wood and debris. Hurricane Laura was strong enough to reverse the flow of Mississippi River waterIn Cameron Parish, Louisiana, it could take up to two months to restore power, according to Ashley Buller, the Assistant Director of Parish Emergency Preparedness. There is also currently no running water in the area. Despite the mandatory evacuation order, about 150 residents remained in the parish but appear to be OK, Buller told CNN. “Just about everyone has been in contact with family and friends,” Buller said. Emergency officials have not made it into the area yet to survey the damage and in some sections of the parish, the water remains high. The secondary offices for the sheriff’s department and emergency management have been “wiped out,” Buller said. “If you can access your property, we will let you in,” says Buller. “We want people to be able to save their property.”