Hurricane Laura hits southwestern Louisiana amid warning of ‘potentially catastrophic impacts’ (Evening Standard)
Hurricane Laura is coming ashore as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm near Cameron, Louisiana. A catastrophic storm surge and damaging winds is battering the region and a threat of flooding rain and strong winds will extend well inland.
At a Glance
- Laura has made landfall near Lake Charles, Louisiana with winds of 150 mph.
- Wind gusts of 100-135 mph have been recorded in southwestern Louisiana.
- Catastrophic storm surge and damaging winds will affect areas near where Laura makes landfall.
- Storm surge could penetrate as much as 40 miles inland in southwest Louisiana.
- Laura is also an inland flood risk as far north and east as Arkansas and the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.
- Isolated tornadoes are also expected from Laura.