The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently tracking the path of Hurricane Laura. The NHC warn this is a “life-threatening” situation, and people have been told to evacuate their homes. As Hurricane Laura continues to intensify, it is expected to become a major hurricane when it makes landfall in the US.
The NHC state Laura is expected to cause “life-threatening storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding” later today over eastern Texas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura currently has maximum sustained winds of 105mph, the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, and the system is “rapidly intensifying”.
Hurricane Laura is forecast to dissipate quickly after landfall, with the greatest dangers posed by wind and storm surges.
Thousands of people in Texas and Louisiana have been given evacuation orders.
The NHC outlook states: “At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Laura was located near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 90.2 West.
“Laura is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion should continue overnight.
“A turn toward the northwest is forecast later today, and a northwestward to north-northwestward motion should continue through Wednesday night.
“On the forecast track, Laura should approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts on Wednesday evening and move inland near those areas Wednesday night or Thursday morning.”