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The Environmental Protection Agency said none of the chemical and oil spills in Texas caused by Hurricane Laura are emitting dangerous levels of chemicals. Reports are not yet in for facilities in Louisiana.

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The federal government received 31 reports of oil and chemical spills that are connected to Hurricane Laura, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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A fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake, near Lake Charles, continues to smolder Friday after Hurricane Laura tore through the area.

Bill Feig/AP Photo/POOL

In the small town of Bell City — about 23 miles from both the small city of Lake Charles to the west and the ragged bottom edge of Louisiana to the south — trees were down everywhere on the morning of Aug. 27.


Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm along the western coast of Louisiana and upper coast of Texas overnight bringing storm surge, intense winds and widespread power outages to the area. 

We'll update here as Laura moves north Thursday.