Hurricane Laura kills at least 6 people in Louisiana

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At least six people were killed as Hurricane Laura smashed parts of  US state Louisiana and parts of Texas.

Winds have reached up to 240km/h causing damages including power cuts to more than half a million homes.

A a chemical fire from an industrial plant has also been reported to have been caused by the hurricane.

According to the CNN hurricane Laura has now been downgraded to a tropical storm status.

US President Donald Trump said he will visit the area during the weekend.