Hit by the hurricane's severity, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama applied to Israel for humanitarian aid, and Israel responded affirmatively.
In Honduras, families waded through flooded streets of the northern city of San Pedro Sula, while cars sat almost submerged in parts of the central Guatemalan city of San Pedro Carcha
It was the 25th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
The storm is believed to have killed one person in Alabama.
"Either people are outraged that a storm has their name or they say: please name it after my husband or wife."
Laura's powerful gusts uprooted trees - and four people were crushed to death in separate incidents of trees falling on homes.
Some 620,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders in Louisiana and Texas.
The last time two cyclones were in the US Gulf of Mexico was in 2002, when Tropical Storm Fay and Tropical Depression Edouard overlapped for about 18 hours, according to the NHC.
In a change from previous forecasts, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said a hurricane warning was in effect in an area including the resorts of Los Cabos and the town of Todos Santos.