“TAKE COVER NOW” Hurricane Laura makes landfall over southwestern Louisiana At around 1 am Central Time, Hurricane Laura has made landfall in southwestern Louisiana near Cameron as a category 4 #hurricane. The maximum sustained winds were 150 mph, with a minimum central pressure of 938 mb. Potentially catastrophic impacts will continue. More: hurricanes.gov
Laura is the stongest hurricane wind-wise to strike Louisiana in 164 years.
Coastal residents in Texas and Louisiana who didn’t evacuate may face storm surges of up to 20 feet. “Know that it’s just you and God,” warned the mayor of Port Arthur, Texas.
More than 500,000 people had been urged to flee their homes as Hurricane Laura intensified in the Gulf of Mexico.
New Orleans may be lucky with the storm staying west of the city.