Aerial footage from KTRK-TV shows flooded areas and sand on coastal roadways in Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Thursday morning.
READ MORE: Hurricane Laura, which slammed the Louisiana coast as a powerful Category 4, has weakened to a tropical storm but is still a dangerous and potentially deadly system.
As of Thursday afternoon, Laura was inland, centered east of Shreveport, Louisiana, with top sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour. It is expected to drop up to 46 centimeters of rain in parts of Louisiana and Arkansas.
Tornadoes are also possible.
At least four storm-related deaths have been reported. More than 700,000 people in Texas and Louisiana are without power, and there is widespread damage to homes and businesses.
But Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said the overall damage is less than what was expected after forecasters were calling Laura a potentially catastrophic storm with an “unsurvivable” storm surge.