Hurricane Laura roared ashore in the middle of the night, hitting Lake Charles, La., and the surrounding area. Early reports are that there is extensive damage to buildings, including commercial buildings in the downtown area. Winds and storm surge were so high that calls for rescue by those who refused to evacuate have had to go unanswered.
While folks in Louisiana and Texas braced for a natural disaster, man-made problems erupted across the country. Rioting and looting broke out again in Minneapolis after an armed suspect sought by police committed suicide. Security cameras recorded him shooting himself but this incident still provided all the excuse locals needed to attack Target CVS, Walgreens, Foot Locker, a liquor store, apparel stores, and multiple restaurants.
Seems like some folks are just looking for an excuse to loot.
Meanwhile, the Republican National Convention speakers are using the violent protests, rising crime rates and defund the police movement to drive home their point that Democrats are soft on crime socialists who have no problem destroying businesses and want to release criminals from jail. The riots may have been intended to create chaos and weaken the president but as things get out of hand the pendulum is swinging the other direction.
COVID-19 By the Numbers
The U.S. reported 44,934 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as well as an additional 1,193 deaths. Global cases have surpassed 24.27 million while deaths were up over 7,000.