Amid a pandemic, affected states in America are slammed by the strong Hurricane Laura, which is traveling at a 105-mile-per-hour wind.
News outlets have been following the tread of Hurricane Laura, with it making landfall on Cameron, Louisiana a few hours ago. CNN notes that the eye of this Category 4 storm is now heading over to the city of Lake Charles.
Hurricane Laura update
The storm made the strong landfall this morning, having “maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.” It appears that Hurrican Laura has “rapidly intensified” from Category 1 to 4 hurricane “with a well-defined eye.”
Portions of Louisiana are said to experience a “catastrophic storm surge,” which is now taking place in Hackberry, Louisiana, according to CNN‘s live update. Tidal surges are now pushing the water levels upward in coastal communities.
The news outlet notes:
“The storm surges could reach 20 feet high, meteorologists have warned — which could spell disaster for lower-lying coastal towns like Cameron and Holly Beach.”
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has predicted “a wall of water” as high as 20 feet, The New York Times report. The storm can also push the water as “as far as 40 miles inland,” dubbing it as an “unsurvivable.”
Meanwhile, the wind has died down to 120mph as it makes its move across the southwestern Lousiana, heading northward and has now been reduced to a Category 3 storm.
Hurricane Laura evacuation and warnings
Furthermore, at 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, the NHC issued a statement on the “Hurricane Laura Tropical Cyclone Update.” The agency strongly warns the people of the affected area to take cover.
An excerpt of the announcement reads:
“The safest place to be during a major landfalling hurricane is in a reinforced interior room away from windows. Get under a table or other piece of sturdy furniture. Use mattresses, blankets or pillows to cover your head and body. Remain in place through the passage of these life-threatening conditions.”
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has also warned its residents to pay attention to the behavior of the storm and “to get out of harm’s way.”
A mandatory evacuation has been put in place, but there are still some who were not able to get out in time before the landfall took place. Tony Guillory of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury said, “There are still people out there. It’s too late.”
Meanwhile, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office of Texas issued a Facebook post entailing the mandatory evacuation for several areas, including Intracoastal City, Mouton Cove, and Gueydan, among others.
For those who refuse to evacuate, the Sheriff’s office had a “grim” request:
“Please evacuate and if you choose to stay and we can’t get to you, write your name, address, social security number and next of kin and put it a ziplock bag in your pocket. Praying that it does not come to this!”
The evacuation has been faced with quite the concern as the whole country still is suffering from a widespread coronavirus pandemic, and there is the possibility of overcrowding in evacuation centers.
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