Hurricane Laura sustained winds of 150 mph when it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday morning in Louisiana, near the Texas border. Laura has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
A storm surge warning was issued from Freeport, Texas, to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The warning indicates there’s a “danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline.” Currently, the Hurricane Center projects maximum rain of up to 10 inches in portions along the coast and surge-related flooding to occur.
Follow Laura's path with the map below. It will be updated when the National Hurricane Center updates its forecasts. See a map of Hurricane Laura's potential storm surge here.
The Hurricane Center’s long-range tracking has Laura moving northeast into Arkansas and across the United States after it exits Louisiana.
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Earlier this week, Gulf Coast states were hit with the aftereffects of Tropical Storm Marco that had caused heavy winds and rainfall. “It looks like the upper Gulf is going to get a one-two punch,” Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said on Sunday. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Friday in preparation for the incoming storms.
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