Hurricane Laura causes flash flooding as it makes landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Laura causes flash flooding as it makes landfall in Louisiana”

Hurricane Laura made landfall early on the morning of August 27, striking southern Louisiana with winds of up to 150 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. In Texas, more than 45,000 homes suffered power cuts.

Video and photos on social media showed torrents of rain flying sideways past street lights in Lake Charles, and streets covered with water closer to the coast.

Laura and another storm, Marco, earlier swept across the Caribbean, killing 24 people.

An observation in Chennault, Louisiana, recently reported sustained winds of 76mph and a wind gust of 93mph.

The storm rapidly intensified on Wednesday, gaining almost 70% in power in just 24 hours and continuing to draw energy from the warm Gulf of Mexico waters.

MIAMI-Hurricane Laura rapidly strengthened Wednesday to become a "catastrophic" Category 4 hurricane on course to strike Texas and Louisiana.

President Donald Trump said in a tweet that Laura was a very risky and rapidly intensifying hurricane.

Laura was the seventh named storm to strike the country this year, setting a new record for U.S. landfalls by the end of August.

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Evacuations are complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott urged Texans living in the path of the deadly storm to get out of its path immediately.

Well-built homes could incur major damage, trees could be snapped or uprooted and electricity and water would be unavailable for days or even weeks, it said.

As of the latest advisory, Laura was located 30 miles north-northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana and 50 miles northeast of Port Arthur, Texas. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates. "We could see storm surge heights more than 15 feet in some areas".

"To think that there would be a wall of water over two stories high coming on shore is very hard for most to conceive, but that is what is going to happen", said National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott at a news conference. It is important to note that this figure does not include evacuations that local parishes handled on their own or residents who evacuated with no assistance.

"The power of Hurricane Laura is unprecedented, and Texans must take action now to get out of harm's way and protect themselves", he said.

"For people that have specific transportation needs that requested assistance from their local officials, right now 892 people have been assisted with their evacuation in coordination with the parish and the state", Steele said.

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