Hurricane Laura is a category four storm approaching the parts of the US, Texas, and Louisiana with a giant speedy wind of 150 miles/hour, i.e., 240 km/h. According to NHC (National Hurricane Center), the storm carries extreme floods and currents and is an Unsurvivable Surge. With speed maintained, Laura would be the strongest storm hitting the US’s south coast ever.
Maintaining the cautions, around 0.5 million residents are also asked to evacuate when the center of Laura Hurricane was about 105 km in the southeast direction of Texas’ Port Arthur at 04:00 GMT.
Previously, Laura and Marco, two destructive storms, hit the Caribbean and caused around 24 life losses. Presently, on Monday, Marco already reached Louisiana carrying heavy rain and strong winds. Also, there has been a fear initially of both the storms hitting Louisiana within 48 hours of each other.
NEW: NOAA's GOES-16 🛰️captured the landfall of #HurricaneLaura at 1 a.m. CDT in southwest #Louisiana near Cameron. The category 4 #hurricane packed maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure of 938 mb. Updates: https://t.co/bf9oyNUeIP pic.twitter.com/WjJM4EIyq3— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) August 27, 2020
Some relaxations were then ensured as Marco downgraded to a tropical one. On the other hand, Laura is continuously strengthening as it transformed from category three to four, acquiring 70% power in just 24 hours. Laura Hurricane now carries heavy winds of 220 km/h and is also expected to become category five soon with a maximum wind speed of 254 km/h.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category five storm, destroyed New Orleans, killing around 1,800 people. However, on reaching the US landfills, it weakened to category three.
Presently, as amid COVID-19, evacuations are pretty complicated, and the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott urged the citizens to take refuge in hotels distant from there, is possible and affordable.
Expectations from the Hurricane Laura
According to a statement released by the National Hurricane Center on early Wednesday, Hurricane Laura has intensified and has transformed into a formidable and destructive one, as shown by the images from the satellites. It is also expected to bring forward several hazards that might even be life-threatening. The unsurvivable storm surges to the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal parts.
NHC also added that there might be several destructions, including the house damages, snapping or uprooting of the trees, and unavailability of water and electricity for several days or weeks. Additionally, on Thursday, the winds will also force in. There are widespread damages expected with wind gusts to spread among the eastern parts of Texas and western ones of Louisiana.
There might also be high storm surges of about 20 feet, and recently NHC also reported inundations in the coastal parts of Louisiana of about 3.2 feet.
Benjamin Schott, a National Weather Service meteorologist, also stated that there are unimaginable things to occur like a surge of water wall of about two storeys in height! He also added that the word ‘Unsurvivable‘ is now used for the first time in decades and is very unlikely to be ever used, if not for such a tremendous hurricane. He also mentioned how Laura’s power is highly unrivaled, and Texans must take all the necessary measures to stay out of their path and remain protected. He also concluded that people must take advantage of the last few hours and evacuate soon, as stated by the Governor.
On Thursday, at 07:00 GMT, Hurricane Laura is presently expected to enter the landfalls near Texas and Louisiana’s borders. Also, there has been a tornado watch issued by the National Weather Services for the parts of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi that expects destructions too.
In Texas, around 420,000 residents are ordered to leave as soon as possible, and additionally, about 200,000 are asked to evacuate south-western Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish.
Destructions in the affected parts of the Caribbean
With Marco and Laura hitting the state, high winds and massive ruins caused at least 24 lives. The dead people also include a baby and Haiti’s 8-year old child.
The heavy rains and winds also thrashed the parts of the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, the US territory. Soon after that, on Saturday, President Donald Trump declared a declaration of the state of disaster.
Authorities evacuated around 160,000 people from several coastal regions in Cuba, and thousands from the Dominican Republic.
There were also some reports of floods and landslides in Jamaica regions.