A large fire erupted Thursday at a chemical plant outside the Louisiana city of Lake Charles following Hurricane Laura’s passage through the area earlier this morning.
Images and videos of the blaze showed large plumes of smoke billowing over Interstate 10 and Gov. John Bel Edwards is now advising locals to stay out of the area.
“There is a chemical fire in the Westlake/Moss Bluff/Sulphur area,” he tweeted. “Residents are advised to shelter in place until further notice and close your doors and windows.”
Reports of chemical leaks also could not immediately be verified – and it’s not clear what started the blaze.
Hurricane Laura made landfall near Lake Charles earlier this morning, where a 133 mph gust and an 85 mph sustained wind were measured.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.