Surfer Killed as He Tried to Ride Waves Created by Incoming Hurricane Laura

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Surfing a storm. Credit: Business Insider

A 25-year-old Texas surfer was killed yesterday after attempting to ride the waves created by the incoming Cat 4 Hurricane Laura, prompting the mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas to close the gulf beaches.

First responders rushed to the beach just after 3 pm for what was initially reported as a drowning.

They found the male surfer injured at Packery Channel. He had been slammed against a jetty by the rough waters.

He was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries. A second person was also injured, although their condition is unknown.

Hurricane Laura hit land on the border of Texas and Louisiana as a Category 4 storm early Thursday, destroying buildings, cutting power lines and filling streets with debris. Half a million customers were without power.

Laura hit with sustained winds of 150 mph at about 1 a.m. before forging a path of destruction north toward Arkansas. By 7 a.m. sustained winds were 100 mph, and the storm had dropped to a Category 2 hurricane, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center said in its update that “damaging winds and flooding rainfall” were spreading over western and central Louisiana as the storm moves inland. “Life-threatening storm surge continues along much of the Louisiana coastline,” forecasters added.

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