Missouri Task Force 1 heading home after Laura

Missouri Task Force 1 did some recon work in southern Texas on Thursday, after some of Laura’s worst hit the Gulf of Mexico.

Boone County-based emergency responders scouted damage in Jasper and Newton County, Texas. Other task force members prepped for potential water rescue missions at the operations base in Houston.

FEMA demobilized Missouri Task Force 1 on Thursday. Members are expected to return home on Saturday.

More from The Associated Press:

The remnants of Hurricane Laura are unleashing heavy rain hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and destruction left along the northwest Gulf Coast. Forecasters say an eastern turn by Laura, which is now a tropical depression, could make it a looming threat to the Mid-Atlantic states over the weekend. Laura crashed ashore Thursday as a Category 4 hurricane near the Louisiana line with Texas. It was one of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S., packing 150-mph winds. Laura destroyed buildings, toppled trees and killed at least six people in the U.S. Forecasters say it could still pack a punch en route to the East Coast.

(This story was last updated at 11:49 a.m. Friday.)

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