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Louisiana family found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning

The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the four new deaths Friday afternoon.
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Debris litters a flooded road as journalists examine damage left in the wake of Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Holly Beach, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

NEW ORLEANS — The death toll from Hurricane Laura had risen to 10 after a family of four was found dead due to carbon monoxide poisoning from their generator.

The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the four new deaths Friday afternoon.

In addition to the family of four, six more people have been confirmed dead in the storm's wake, at least four of them killed by falling trees.

The system that blasted the Louisiana coast with high winds and heavy rain is now a tropical depression. It came ashore early Thursday as a Category 4 hurricane and caused widespread damage around Lake Charles. The storm left entire neighborhoods in ruins and almost 900,000 homes and businesses without power. 

Laura is the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. this year. But there was relief that it was not the annihilating menace forecasters had feared. A full damage assessment is likely to take days. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says resources are in place to help in the weeks and months ahead.

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