Omega counts cost of disaster

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Tuesday 31 August 2010 8:01 pm LONDON-listed property and casualty insurer Omega Insurance sank into the red in the first half of the year, weighed down by a string of costly natural disasters including the Chilean earthquake.“These catastrophe losses, together with the lag that currently exists in 2010 premium earnings, have had a major effect on our half-year results,” chief executive Richard Pexton said yesterday.The outlook for the second half depends very much on the level of hurricane activity, with Omega likely to suffer in the event of a large natural disaster even as some insurers benefit. “In the absence of a significant catastrophe, we would expect to break even at the end of the year, if there is a very large catastrophe, that will be a struggle,” he added.Omega swung to a pre-tax loss of $34.2m (£22.3m) in the six months to 30 June from a profit of $22.9m a year earlier, in line with its profit warning this month indicating it was on course for a loss of $35m. Omega blamed a high level of claims stemming from catastrophes including the Chilean quake, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and hailstorms in western Australia.But the insurer said it remained confident of its future prospects and held its interim dividend at six cents per share.It said that the time lag on premium flows, which dented first-half profits, will even out in the second- half.The company’s board has undergone a radical overhaul amid shareholder activism, with new management appointed this year after it lost one of its most senior underwriters last year. Share center_img whatsapp Omega counts cost of disaster whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Tags: NULLlast_img read more

US August retail sales gain to ease fears of a new recession

first_img Share whatsapp Sales at US retailers posted their largest gain in five months in August on strong receipts at gasoline stations and clothing outlets, further assuaging fears of a double-dip recession.The Commerce Department yesterday said total retail sales rose 0.4 per cent following a revised 0.3 per cent rise in July. It was the second straight month of gains in retail sales, which are a measure of consumer health. July sales had been previously reported to have increased 0.4 per cent.“It suggests American consumers remain resilient despite the backdrop of high unemployment and declining home values. On the margin, this data reduces some concerns about a double-dip recession,” said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange.US stock index futures turned positive after the report, while Treasury debt prices pared gains. The dollar briefly trimmed losses versus the yen.Data so far for August, including private payrolls and manufacturing, have pointed to a tentative improvement in the economy after a recent soft patch.The recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s has cooled off as the boost from an $814bn (£524bn) government stimulus package fades and unemployment remains stubbornly high. whatsapp KCS-content US August retail sales gain to ease fears of a new recession center_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Tuesday 14 September 2010 9:03 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Libya rebels hijack oil tanker

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap alison.lock Libya rebels hijack oil tanker Tags: NULLcenter_img whatsapp Libyan rebels have seized a government-owned petrol tanker on its way to the country.The move has increased security fears of private companies attempting to operate in the violence-torn country.With oil refineries, wells and ports disrupted by the fighting between Gaddafi’s forces and pro-democracy rebels, fuel has become a key asset for both sides.But the hijack of the tanker, owned by Libya’s National Oil Corporation, means private companies such as Italian energy major Eni may step back further from trade with Libya. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople Todayautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia whatsapp Friday 18 March 2011 1:47 pmlast_img read more

Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc (THOMAS.ng) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgThomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc (THOMAS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc (THOMAS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc (THOMAS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc (THOMAS.ng)  2012 annual report.Company ProfileThomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc is a design and printing company in Nigeria offering services for graphic design, colour separation, general printing, paper converting and publishing. Major clients include Unilever Nigeria, Nigerian Bottling Company, MTN Communications, Four Mills of Nigeria, Mr Biggs, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Corona School Trust Council and Queen College. Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc specialises in producing products for schools and universities which includes exercise books, ruled paper, duplicated books, spiral- and quarter-bound books and typing paper. The company also prints calendars and diaries. A subsidiary of Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells bulk toilet rolls and facial tissues for large businesses and education institutions. Formerly known as Thomas Wyatt and Sons (West Africa), the company changed its name to Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc when the company amalgamated two of its subsidiaries; Thomas Wyatt and Son (Northern Nigeria) Limited and Apex (Eastern Nigeria) Limited. The company operates through depots in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Onitsha and Ibadan. Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

All Blacks seal series clean sweep with third Test victory over France

first_imgSaturday Jun 22, 2013 All Blacks seal series clean sweep with third Test victory over France New Zealand sealed a 3-0 series victory over France as they won 24-9 in New Plymouth. The French upped their intensity this week and it was a far tighter affair than the final scoreline may suggest, but a series clean sweep will please the All Blacks. Playing in his first international of the year, flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 14 points and moved within one point of becoming the first player to reach 1400 points in Test rugby. He said he was impressed with the fight that the visitors brought, despite it being somewhat of a dead rubber.“I was really impressed with the way the French turned up to play,” Carter said. “They could have easily folded up and thought up about their off-season but they turned up to play and put us under a lot of pressure. But I was happy with that final 20 and to get away with the result.”Backs Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett scored for the hosts, with hometown hero Barrett coming on late in the game and flattering the scoreline with his very well taken try.Florian Fritz slotted a dropgoal early on before Jean-Marc Doussain’s two penalties, but that was all the visitors could muster as the All Blacks defended well.“Credit to the French they really stuck at it,” said All Blacks captain Kieran Read. “A three match series is quite tough away from home and they showed the quality side they are. They really took it to us this game.”French lock Yoann Maestri was yellow carded by referee Nigel Owen for an alleged headbutt, which didn’t help France’s cause. The television match official couldn’t confirm it, but a video review and possible citing may follow.It was the All Blacks’ first three-Test series whitewash over France in 43 years, which bodes well ahead of the Rugby Championship, but they still need to work on a few things to up the standard.The Rugby Championship, which features South Africa, Australia and Argentina, kicks off on August 17th. France’s next match is against the All Blacks again, in Paris on November 9th.Quick highlights below, longer video on page twoTime: 14:21Credit: ttrugbyvidsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error All Blacks , Midyear Tours Related Articles 40 WEEKS AGO North vs South should be a permanent fixture… 40 WEEKS AGO Barrett could easily end up on All Blacks… 42 WEEKS AGO Future All Blacks? Here are the standout… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House in La Marca / Marco Salazar Valle

first_img Year:  Collaborators:Andrea LarreaConstruction:Byron SalazarCity:QuitoCountry:EcuadorMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Informal generic architecture is the reference of this universal “primitive refuge” where steel and concrete blocks are used for economic reasons. These materials synthesize industrialized construction materials and craft work. The house accepts this generic universal condition of its tectonics and positions itself as an absolute shape that takes advantage of the elevated terrain. This absolute and generic condition is confronted with the variety of layouts defined by non-load bearing walls within the virtual arcaded volume.Save this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleThe existing eucalyptus trees are a kind of archetypal columns, tree-columns that are preserved as they were found. The progressive rhythm of the mesh in the plan results in the negotiation between existing trees, urban regulations and dimensional requirements.Save this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleSave this picture!Section in PerspectiveSave this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleThe final project is developed from a central organization, where the tension between symmetrical and asymmetrical schemes becomes evident. The central kitchen responds to the demands of the program, considering this as the main source of daily activities and social gatherings, the kitchen commands the common space that is suggested as an open matrix of adjoining rooms due to the presence of the courtyard. Hence, this space is generic and specific at the same time, the house is developed in an open plan but the central courtyard breaks its unitary amplitude and fragments it into five spaces: the kitchen, the hall, the dining room, the study and the living room. The 3-meter withdrawal becomes a kind of stoa. This portico configures a covered backyard where the machinery of the house is located.Save this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleThe two rooms are the most opaque spaces and constitute the boundaries of the house. The closed characteristic of the house allows privacy and thermal control for abrupt temperature changes during fog. The clerestories of the central space articulate the lightweight structure of the roof with the non-load bearing walls of concrete blocks. This lightweight steel structure completely covers the entire structure in the manner of a large industrial warehouse. The clerestories allow a partial perception of the surrounding forest of eucalyptus trees, the mountains and the sky.Save this picture!© Marco Salazar ValleProject gallerySee allShow lessTown Hall House / Smart Design StudioSelected ProjectsThe Beach and the Time Installation / gru.aSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Ecuador House in La Marca / Marco Salazar Valle ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920561/house-in-la-marca-marco-salazar-valle Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeMarco Salazar ValleOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesQuitoEcuadorPublished on July 08, 2019Cite: “House in La Marca / Marco Salazar Valle” [Casa en La Marca / Marco Salazar Valle] 08 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” CopyHouses•Quito, Ecuador Area:  203 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920561/house-in-la-marca-marco-salazar-valle Clipboardcenter_img Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses House in La Marca / Marco Salazar ValleSave this projectSaveHouse in La Marca / Marco Salazar Valle 2019 Architects: Marco Salazar Valle Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Marco Salazar Valle Lead Architect: Save this picture!© Marco Salazar Valle+ 22Curated by Clara Ott Share Manufacturers: Dipac, Ecuaceramica, Kubiec, Masisa, Servi-Blocklast_img read more

Case remains unsolved two years after murder of Elmar Husseynov

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh March 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Case remains unsolved two years after murder of Elmar Husseynov Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijancenter_img News News June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities in Azerbaijan to act to ensure a successful outcome to the stalled investigation into the 2005 murder of journalist Elmar Husseynov.“It is intolerable that two years after the murder of the opposition journalist, his killers are still at large”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The press in Azerbaijan is going through difficult times and the persistent impunity in this case is helping to stoke up a climate of permanent harassment of the opposition press.”The Press Council held a special conference in Baku on 2 March 2007 to mark the second anniversary of Husseynov’s death, followed by a visit to the cemetery where he is buried. Representatives of the authorities and the pro-government press took no part in the rally in memory of the editor of the weekly Monitor.“The murder of Elmar Husseynov was intended to intimidate journalists, but in vain,” said Shakhbaz Khuduoglu, editor of the magazine Ganun. The representative (NAME?) of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Azerbaijan said, “The council of Europe demands that justice should triumph. Journalists should not be killed. They hold a very special place in our society”.When US Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights, Barry Lowencron, visited Husseynov’s grave on 18 December 2006 he said that, “Attacks against journalists like Elmar Husseynov have to be viewed as attacks against democracy”.The journalist was found shot dead in his apartment on 2 March 2005. President Ilham Aliyev called the murder a “provocation of the state” and an “act of terrorism”. Despite these statements, the investigation has gone nowhere. to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ultimate Health Clinic will help you manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome

first_imgWATCH: Youthful Munster bag bonus point against Benetton Print Previous articleGGL Security responding to changing crime profile during pandemicNext articleLISTEN: Sheedy excited to take on “the best team in the country” on Saturday Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ultimate Health Clinic will help you manage Irritable Bowel SyndromeTHE symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have a significant impact on your life, resulting in physical discomfort,  social anxiety and may even lead to depression.IBS can make your life a misery but help is at hand at The Ultimate Health Clinic on George’s Quay in Limerick City.Many IBS sufferers find that colon hydrotherapy makes a big difference to symptoms such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. The gentle wash out with warm, filtered water can settle your colon and restore a more normal bowel function. Regular colonic treatment can also help IBS sufferers in the longer term by exercising the muscles of the bowel wall.Clinic Director Caroline Danaher and her team will help you identify the triggers for your IBS, such as food intolerance testing, diet changes, lifestyle or stress factors. Knowing these triggers and working out ways to avoid them, can go a long way to reducing your symptoms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One of the biggest problems with IBS is the stigma attached to the condition. Many GPs dismiss it since it has no physical cause or cure, leaving patients to deal with the symptoms alone, with no support.The Ultimate Health team understands IBS and appreciates how difficult it can be to live with. They will do all they can to put you back in control of your bowel movements and of your life.If you are one of the one in five who are affected by IBS, don’t suffer in silence. The clinic is offering FREE Zoom/Phone Consultations. Phone  061 315785 for details. Email Linkedin WhatsApp BusinessNewsUltimate Health Clinic will help you manage Irritable Bowel SyndromeBy Staff Reporter – May 6, 2021 125 GBM Limerick bring rapidly deployable vaccine booth systems to the Irish market TAGS#BusinessSpotlight #LimerickPostNewspaper #KeepingLimerickPosted #SC Twitter GGL Security responding to changing crime profile during pandemic Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Man shot and injured in Derry

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A man has been shot close to Derry city centre.It happened in Ewing Street, in the Bishop Street area, at around 10pm last evening.He’s said to be in a stable condition in hospital.Witnesses say the man suffered gunshot wounds to his legs and arm with bullet holes in a car where the shooting happened.Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Man shot and injured in Derry Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – August 10, 2011 Twitter Newsx Adverts NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleDACC told there is no threat to Letterkenny Emergency DepartmentNext articleDeputy McGinley says government had no choice but to shelve road projects News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Hurricane Laura updates: Storm weakens to Category 2, ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge expected

first_imgABC NewsBy WILLIAM MANSELL and DANIEL MANZO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Laura is hitting the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 hurricane with an “unsurvivable storm surge” expected in some areas, according to the National Hurricane Center.“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes,” the NHC said in a statement. “This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline. Only a few hours remain to protect life and property and all actions should be rushed to completion.”Parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana are forecast to see “catastrophic wind damage,” especially in places where the storm’s eyewall makes landfall early Thursday morning, the NHC said. Residents in affected areas are being instructed to evacuate and are urged to brace for “widespread damaging wind gusts” that will spread well inland across parts of those areas.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:7:56 a.m.: Dozens of families didn’t evacuate, Louisiana lieutenant governor saysLouisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said he’s heard of dozens of families who didn’t heed evacuation orders and decided to stay behind.“Some people just don’t want to leave their belongings,” Nungesser told ABC News in an interview Thursday on ABC News’ Good Morning America. “It’s hard to get them to leave sometimes.”Nungesser recalled his own decision to ride out Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, as the large Category 5 storm battered New Orleans.“I know what I went through,” he said. “Not a good decision.”Emergency crews will be dispatched to check on residents and survey the damage “as soon as it’s safe” to do so, according to the lieutenant governor.“We’re hopeful that we don’t find people that didn’t make it,” he added.7:18 a.m.: Woman describes moment storm rips roof off home as family hides under kitchen tableAshley Thompson and her family decided to ride out the hurricane at their home in Louisiana, where many residents were ordered to evacuate.“We thought we were safe. We had generators, we had windows boarded up,” Thompson said in telephone interview Thursday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.But the storm ended up being “much worse” than they thought, she said. The winds picked up in the early morning hours around 2 a.m., as Hurricane Laura made landfall on Louisiana’s shores as a Category 4.“We got our family in our home under the kitchen table,” she said. “After being under the kitchen table for about five minutes, we lost our roof.”Thompson and her family ran from their home and broke into a nearby house that was empty and under construction. They took cover there with other families in the neighborhood who were also riding out the storm.Thompson said there are felled trees and power lines in their neighborhood and they hope first responders will come as soon as weather conditions improve.“We are safe and everyone is unhurt,” she said. “But when they become available and people start moving, we will need help.”6:22 a.m.: Laura weakens to Category 2 hurricane, hundreds of thousands without power in Texas, LouisianaLaura weakened further Thursday morning and is now a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 110 mph. Hurricane conditions are spreading farther inland across southwestern Louisiana.Hurricane Laura is now about 45 miles north, northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is still moving north at 15 mph.Alexandria, Louisiana, is seeing wind gusts up to 85 mph while winds at Beauregard Regional Airport are gusting to 82 mph.There is still a tornado watch in effect for much of Louisiana, eastern Texas, and southwest Mississippi. This tornado watch is in effect still until 8 a.m.As the storm barreled through the Gulf Coast, more than 382,000 people are without power in Texas (61,153) and Louisiana (231,944).Much of Louisiana is now under Flash Flood Warnings, with as much as 4-5 inches of rain.5:05 a.m.: Laura now a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 120 mphHurricane Laura is now a Category 3 storm with winds up to 120 mph.It is moving northward through Louisiana as catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding continue.Despite the storm being a Category 3 now, the National Hurricane Center said Laura can still cause an “unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves.” The damage, according to the NHC, will cause “catastrophic damage” and floodwaters are not expected to recede for several days.Hurricane-force winds are expected to continue Thursday morning with catastrophic wind damage expected nears Laura’s eyewall, according to the NHC.“Hurricane-force winds and widespread damaging wind gusts will continue to spread well inland into portions of extreme eastern Texas and western Louisiana through the day,” NHC said in its 5 a.m. advisory.The storm is about 30 miles north, northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Laura is still moving north at 15 mph and the hurricane-force winds extend 60 miles from its center.4:15 a.m.: First damage reports come in, more than 290,000 without powerHurricane Laura may be slightly weakening as it moves north over land, but it’s still churning with winds up to 130 mph. Now more than 290,000 customers are without power in Louisiana (231,944) and Texas (61,153).On live radar, you can see the eye moving north of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Hurricane winds are likely extending well into Louisiana now. An extreme wind warning has been extended until 5 a.m. ET.The storm is about 15 miles west, northwest of Lake Charles and is moving north at 15 mph.A tornado watch for the region, which includes New Orleans, remains in effect until 9 a.m. Other tornado warnings are well removed from the center of the hurricane, showing how strong this storm is.Reports of damage in Lake Charles include damage to hotels, skyscrapers and to the Golden Nugget Casino.3:25 a.m.: Extreme wind warning extended, storm surge reaches 9 feetHurricane Laura is still a Category 4 storm as it batters Lake Charles, Louisiana, early Thursday with winds up to 132 mph.The extreme wind warning in the area has been extended until 4 a.m. Lake Charles has seen sustained winds of 100 mph for almost an hour.A storm surge of more than 9 feet is being reported in Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana.ABC News station KTRK-TV in Houston has reporters on the ground showcasing the strong winds in Lake Charles as the eye approaches.2:49 a.m.: Thousands already without power as Hurricane Laura hits GulfAs of 2:30 a.m., more than 129,000 customers are without power in Louisiana and Texas due to Hurricane Laura. In Louisiana, there are at least 109,811 customers with no electricity and 19,270 in Texas.As the storm moves north, a tropical storm warning has been issued as far north as Arkansas and a flash flood watch has been issued for Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.The National Hurricane Center said Laura made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and minimum central pressure of 938 millibars. It said the potentially catastrophic impacts would continue.The northern eyewall is moving over Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Lake Charles is currently seeing wind gusts of 128 mph.2:05 a.m.: Hurricane Laura makes landfall in LouisianaHurricane Laura is moving over Louisiana overnight with wind gusts of 110 in Cameron, Louisiana, catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding.Laura is now 30 miles south, southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The hurricane is moving north at 15 mph, where winds are still reaching 150 mph.Forecasts show up to 20 feet of storm surge is expected. This could go up to 40 miles inland in parts of the Southern Louisiana Coastline. This is a catastrophic forecast.“The eyewall of Laura is moving onshore over southwest Louisiana. Take cover now,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 1 a.m. forecast. “Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to the safe room in your shelter. Take action now to protect your life.”There have been two reported tornadoes due to this storm.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more