Laura makes landfall as Category 4 Hurricane

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that Hurricane Laura made landfall around 1 a.m. Thursday in Cameron, La. as a Category 4 Hurricane.

These are where things stand now. Here’s the latest track from the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC Forecast Cone shows Laura strengthening quickly as it moves northwest over the warm waters of the Gulf, reaching a powerful Category 4 strength this evening.

As of 7 p.m. the storm has reached 150 mph. Landfall will be very close to the state line of Louisiana and Texas. An even stronger hurricane is still a possibility this evening.

Hurricane Warnings have been posted for western Acadiana. Central and eastern parishes are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning until further notice.

Here’s our latest thinking in terms of impacts to Acadiana…

Significant coastal flooding is likely, inland flooding, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all possible within our area. A shift to the westward in the path will lessen the impacts some for the area but we still expect significant impacts form some of Acadiana.

Storm surge is likely across coastal Louisiana, even if landfall is just west of the state line. The projected path is very similar to Hurricane Rita which had a storm surge around 15′ feet. These numbers are based on surge coming in during high tide.

Final preparations need to be made and evacuation orders should not be taken lightly with this storm.

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