Hurricane Laura is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. this year.
Storms like Hurricane Laura can cause catastrophic storm surges, extreme winds and flash flooding that can turn children’s homes into rubble. Every year, UNICEF responds to nearly 300 emergencies. Your 100% tax-deductible gift helps UNICEF stay ready to help children wherever and whenever disaster strikes.
Hurricane Laura swept ashore in Cameron, Louisiana about 35 miles from the Texas border early Thursday morning, August 27, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 150 miles per hour. Dangerous storm surge and flash flooding continue as Laura, now a Category 2, pushes inland. More than 500,000 residents of coastal zones of Texas and Louisiana are under some form of evacuation order; hundreds of thousands have lost power.
When Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and Louisiana in 2017, killing more than 75 people and causing billions of dollars in damage, UNICEF was on the ground, working with partners to provide counseling services for traumatized children and deliver educational materials to students whose schools were damaged or destroyed. As the National Weather Service issues warnings of "catastrophic storm surge," UNICEF and partners are preparing to help as needed.
Top photo: An image from the National Hurricane Center showed Hurricane Laura approaching the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. © NOAA