1st America Reserve's hometown, Beaumont, Texas survives Hurricane Laura – But Lake Charles Was Hit Hard. As indicated in the previous week’s Metals Report, 1st American Reserve came through Hurricane Laura reasonably unscathed. We endured one day of rolling electrical backouts but most of us were either at work or were helping others in need, and we were all back at work in full force the next Monday. That wasn’t the case for our friends and family in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mike Fuljenz original hometown. Hurricane Laura, the strongest hurricane ever to hit Louisiana, went right over Lake Charles with the highest winds on the eastern wall of Laura’s eye hitting the city directly. The peaceful eye never even gave them a moment of relief.