Tracking Hurricane Laura in the Gulf of Mexico

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

8/27 6:00AM (CT) Update

Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana at 1:00 AM(CT) near Cameron, Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane.

Maximum sustained winds were 150 mph, with a minimum central pressure of 938 mb. Potentially catastrophic impacts will continue.

As of 6am, Laura's winds have dropped, but are still showing 105mph. The hurricane is located 55 miles north of Lake Charles Louisiana. Movement is north at 15mph.

8/27 4:30AM (CT) Update

Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana at 1:00 am near Cameron, Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane.

The eye wall of Laura is pushing inland across southwestern Louisiana. Catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding ongoing.

As Laura moves North, heavy rain, power outages, tornadoes, and hurricane force winds will reach as far north as Shreveport and possibly Longview.

DFW will feel very little impact from Laura as it passes to our East tomorrow afternoon. We will get some breezy conditions and possibly 1 or 2 outer bands as it makes its way into Arkansas late tomorrow into early Friday.

Hurricane
Photo credit NOAA

The hurricane is now moving northward with the initial motion estimated to be 355/13 kt. Laura is expected to continue moving northward through tonight, which should take the core of the system across Louisiana and Arkansas.

After that, Laura will likely become embedded in the mid-latitude westerlies, and the much weaker cyclone is forecast to move quickly east-northeastward across the southeast U.S. and the mid-Atlantic states on Friday and Saturday.  By late in the weekend and early next week, Laura, or its extratropical remnants, should accelerate northeastward across the western Atlantic.

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Now that Laura is inland, rapid weakening is forecast and it will likely become a tropical storm later today and a tropical depression on Friday. It should be noted that strong hurricanes like Laura are not just coastal events. Even though Laura's highest winds will decrease quickly as it treks inland, significant impacts from heavy rains and strong wind gusts are likely through at least tonight across portions of Louisiana and Arkansas. Some strengthening as an extratropical cyclone is expected when the storm moves over the Atlantic waters late this weekend and early next week.

8/26 7:42PM CT Update

Laura is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 (possibly Catergory 5) hurricane with maximum winds of 150 MPH.

It does look like Laura is starting to take that turn to the North now. Landfall around 3:00 a.m. along the Texas/Louisiana border. Could be a Cat 5. Only four category 5 hurricanes have ever hit the US mainland.

The last one was Michael in 2018.

Andrew 1992

Camille 1969

Labor Day Storm 1932

As Laura moves North along the border tomorrow, heavy rain, power outages, tornadoes, and hurricane force winds will reach as far north as Shreveport and possibly Longview.

 Here are a couple of interesting facts:

If Laura makes landfall in Texas, it is currently the 8th strongest based on lowest central pressure to hit Texas since 1957 and only the 4th Cat. 4 since 1957 to hit Texas, if it indeed stays on the TX side of the TX/LA border.

DFW will feel very little impact from Laura as it passes to our East tomorrow afternoon. We will get some breezy conditions and possibly 1 or 2 outer bands as it makes its way into Arkansas late tomorrow into early Friday.

Hurricane Laura

This is a very dangerous and serious situation setting up for the Texas/Louisiana border area. Please make sure your family and friends are monitoring this dangerous storm and heeding evacuation orders as it approaches the coastline tonight into early Thursday morning.

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