Hurricane Laura has struck the US state of Louisiana, causing flash floods, severe damage to buildings and power cuts to half a million homes.
It is one of the strongest to ever hit the US Gulf Coast, striking at category four with winds up to 150mph (240km/h).
Hurricane Laura’s surge has not reached the levels feared but is still considered life-threatening, and could spread 40 miles (65km) inland.
Half a million residents had been told to leave parts of Texas and Louisiana.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said early on Thursday: “We’ve had daylight now for a couple of hours. It appears there is more structural damage from the wind and a little less flood damage than we anticipated.”
He confirmed the first fatality in his state, adding: “I suspect that won’t be the last, although I pray that we don’t have more.”
Where did Laura hit and what’s its path?
Hurricane Laura made landfall shortly after midnight local time (05:00 GMT) near the district of Cameron, in Louisiana. It tracked north, just east of the Texas-Louisiana border.
Four hours later it had been downgraded to a category three storm, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported, before weakening again. At 14:00 GMT it was a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (140 km/h).