CAMERON, La. (WKRG) – When Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday morning, it joined a very short list of some of the worst storms to ever hit the united states.
Laura is only one of 10 storms on record to make landfall with winds of over 150 miles per hour.
The last was Michael that wiped parts of the Florida panhandle away.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Laura has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane with top winds of 120 mph (195 kph) a few hours after making landfall.
It’s centered about 30 miles north-northwest of Lake Charles and moving north at 15 mph. Hurricane-force winds and damaging wind gusts are spreading well inland into parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana.
The hurricane center has updated its guidance on the ocean water pushed ashore, saying they expect unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes.
Forecasters predict the highest surge, up to 20 feet, along a stretch of Louisiana coastline that includes Johnson Bayou and the towns of Holly Beach and Cameron.
Forecasters say this surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline, and flood waters won’t fully recede for days.