Laura is becoming a major hurricane as it grows stronger for hours, with hurricane-force winds extending 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 175 miles. But the storm is still delivering maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, and "unsurvivable storm surge". As of Wednesday morning, Laura is is a Category 3 hurricane, reaching status as a major storm - the first of the 2020 Atlantic season. Hurricane Laura is due to strike the United States coast late Wednesday into early Thursday, bringing with it a "catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding". The storm will then move to the northeast, bringing heavy rain to the Missouri Valley and Ohio Valley regions on Friday and through the weekend.More news: 12-inch MacBook to make a return with ARM processors
Laura, now a Category 4 storm churning off the coast of Cameron Parish, La., is predicted to cause catastrophic damage, Gaynor told "Bill Hemmer Reports". According to the NHC, the worst of the storm surge will be along the immediate coast near and to the right of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by "large and destructive waves".
Privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What exactly is storm surge?" The point of impact for the eye of Hurricane Laura will depend on when that turn begins. The tropical storm winds could reach all the way into southern Arkansas, models show. A storm surge warning was in effect for the area between Freeport, Texas and the mouth of the Mississippi River, with a surge of between 15 and 20 feet forecast for the area between Johnson Bayou and the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.More news: Katy Perry Stuns Netizens by Dropping Postpartum Pictures
As well, a few tornadoes are expected Wednesday evening in Louisiana, far southeast Texas, and southwestern Mississippi. "The conditions of this storm are unsurvivable, Texans in the path of the storm are urged to evacuate immediately".
"Little time remains to protect life and property before water levels begin to rise and winds increase in the warning areas", National Hurricane Center officials tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.More news: No Time To Die Getting a New Trailer Tomorrow