Hurricane Laura has just been updated to a category 4 which is an extremely powerful storm. It is predicted to have 120-mph winds and an unsurvivable storm surge of up to 20 feet when it reaches the Gulf Coast on Wednesday night and early Thursday, the hurricane center said.
“This storm surge will have large and destructive waves that will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes,” the NWS said in a statement. “This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline. Only a few hours remain to protect life and property and all actions should be rushed to completion.”
Hurricane Laura is now the strongest August hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since infamous Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said.
“Hurricane Laura is a very dangerous and rapidly intensifying hurricane,” President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “My Administration remains fully engaged with state & local emergency managers to continue preparing and assisting the great people of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.”
The storm, moving northwest at 16 mph, was last spotted 200 miles south-southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and200 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, as of 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday. Wind speeds had increased to up to 140 mph, which is a category 4 major hurricane. It’s the first major hurricane of the 2020 season.
This storm is an ongoing event and will be updated accordingly.