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Hurricane Laura Hits Louisiana And Texas Coasts As Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Laura made landfall on Louisiana and Texas coasts early Thursday as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm.

Laura brought a catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding to the southwestern part of Louisiana overnight, including Lake Charles and Cameron, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive winds will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park in Texas to Intracoastal City in Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes. This surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline, and flood waters will not fully recede for several days after storm,” the National Hurricane Center shared on Twitter.

 

The hurricane came ashore around 2 a.m. ET blowing windows, battering buildings and leaving more than 290,000 homes and businesses without power before weakening into a Category 3 storm.

In the post of Hurricane Laure Tropical Cyclone Update, the center wrote:

“A weatherflow site in Caneron reported a sustained wind of 84 mph (135 km/h) with a gust to 110 mph (177 km/h). A HurrNet Station in Cameron recently reported a sustained wind of 74 mph (119 km/h) with a gust to 93 mph (150 km/h). A National Ocean Service site at Calcasieu Pass in Louisiana reported a wind gust of 89 mph (132 km/h) within the last hour.”

“This is a life-threatening situation,” the center said Wednesday evening. “Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.”

“TAKE COVER NOW! Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to the safe room in your shelter. Take action now to protect your life!” the hurricane center warned at 1 a.m. ET.

 

“The safest place to be during a major landfalling hurricane is in a reinforced interior room away from windows. Get under the tables or other piece of sturdy furniture. Use mattresses, blankets or pillows to cover your head and body, Remain in place through the passage of these life-threatening conditions.”

Officials said search and rescue missions will begin as soon as conditions allow.

“There are some people still in town and people are calling … but there ain’t no way to get to them,” Tony Guillory, president of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in Louisiana, said early Thursday morning. He feared that blocked roads, downed power lines and flooding could delay that process.

Laura was expected to drop another 4 to 8 inches of rain across parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. This is the seventh named storm to make landfall in the US so far this year. This is also one of the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history.

Source: Foxnews

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