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It was about 225 miles (365 kilometers) out from Lake Charles, Louisiana, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). The casino says its Grand Palais riverboat houses 34 table games and more than 1,175 slot machines.
A 14-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell on her home as Hurricane Laura swept through Louisiana, said Governor John Bel Edwards.
Authorities have been telling residents along the Texas and Louisiana coasts to evacuate, but now are concerned not enough people have left, according to the Associated Press.
Trump said the campaign briefly considered postponing his convention speech until Monday so he could travel to Texas, Louisiana and possibly Arkansas to survey hurricane damage, but he said the campaign ultimately chose to continue with the speech as planned.
TS Marcos in Gulf aiming at Louisiana, TS Laura also on way
It seems fitting for 2020 to have this type of twin threats, said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. National Hurricane Center said Marco has emerged about 180 miles (290 kilometres) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
Among the cities potentially in the path of the eye of the storm and under mandatory evacuation orders are Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, which suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Harvey three years ago.
It is now close to becoming a category five storm, which would mean maximum sustained winds of 158mph (254km/h).
The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane still packed sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, according to an update Thursday morning.
Laura is just the latest storm to take shape in what's already been an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season.
In 2012, Tropical Storm Isaac, which eventually developed into a hurricane before it made landfall in Louisiana, delayed the Republican convention in Tampa.
"We do expect that there could be more fatalities", the spokeswoman, Christina Stephens, said on Twitter. President Donald Trump approved Edwards's request for help.
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He said the figure has improved from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day. Active cases are only 22.2 per cent of the total cases . "'The recovery rate is now more than 75%", Rajesh Bhushan said.
As the storm is arriving amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents have been directed by local officials to relocate to hotels, where they're able to self-isolate, instead of seeking shelter at evacuation centers. Don't go out sightseeing. "You put yourself, your family at risk, and you put first responders at risk", he told "CBS This Morning".
As for the amount of rainfall expected, forecasters anticipate that the storm will bring as much as 15 inches of rain in parts of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas from Wednesday to Friday.
That's according to the website PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports. Tropical storm warnings extend into the rest of the Houston metro area and extend east into south-central and southeast Louisiana, including the city of Lafayette.
It rapidly weakened to a Category 2 storm Thursday morning with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), and was forecast to become a tropical storm later in the day. Hurricane-force winds and damaging wind gusts are spreading well inland into parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana.
However, the NHC warned that the threat of possibly deadly storm surge would continue along the Louisiana coast as Laura moved north and then northeast.
More than 190,000 homes in Louisiana reportedly lost power in the early hours on Thursday, according to the USA tracking site PowerOutage.
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A Greek police statement on Friday said that three men aged 27, 28 and 29 had been arrested in Mykonos. One of the suspects then tried to bribe the officers to hush up the incident, the police said.