President Donald Trump will visit Louisiana, Texas in wake of Hurricane Laura


President Donald Trump speaks to the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Speaking at FEMA headquarters Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced that he will be traveling to Louisiana and Texas this weekend.

The president said he will travel to the Gulf Coast to survey storm damage. An exact time and date has not been announced, but Trump said he in Louisiana “probably Saturday or Sunday,” saying there also might be additional stops.

An itinerary will be released prior to his arrival.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said state officials now know of four deaths tied to Hurricane Laura.

The deaths were all caused by trees falling on residences, Edwards said. None were on the coast, having happened in Vernon, Jackson and Acadia parishes.

One death in Jackson in north Louisiana demonstrated the power of the storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm early Thursday and traveled farther inland.

Edwards said the current priority is search and rescue, followed by efforts to find hotel or motel rooms for those who have lost their homes.

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