Louisiana TV Station’s Tower Collapses Into Studio During Hurricane Laura

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Homes, property and TV stations alike got hit hard by Hurricane Laura as it ripped into Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.

KPLC, the Lake Charles, La., station, lost its broadcast tower, which was knocked over after the Category 4 hurricane slammed into the city.

The top of the tower fell through the roof of the station into its studio, destroying the set. Staffers had previously evacuated, so no one was in the building at the time.


“KPLC’s tower fell right into our studio exactly where we would have been at going live covering Hurricane Laura,” tweeted KPLC sports anchor and reporter Taylor Verrico. “I am without words. SO THANKFUL we evacuated and no one was in that building.”

The station’s radar is down due to the collapse. No one is allowed in the building.

It’s not the only damage the station is dealing with. KPLC meteorologist Ben Terry lost his home in the storm after evacuating.