A Category 4 hurricane is barreling toward Texas and Louisiana, taking steps to make boundless destruction to cities and neighborhoods.
Storm Laura has intensified quickly, growing almost 70 percent in strength in 24 hours to reach at a Category 3. It was deemed a Category 4 on Wednesday morning as wind speeds surged off the coast.
The storm has the ability to be “catastrophic,” as per the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
How Strong Is It?
Forecasters expect the storm should bring top winds of somewhere in the range of 130 to 200 km/h over the coast from Texas to Mississippi.
Storm warnings have been issued from San Luis Pass, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.
It could reach as far inland as 322 kilometers, as per the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS).
Warnings for storm surges — when water levels rise and push on-shore — were also in effect from Freeport, Texas to the mouth of the Mississippi River. These surges could reach up to 15 feet, overpowering coasts and potentially lowering whole towns.
“Every single bayou, every little river that normally drains your rain, is going to flow in the other way with storm surge,” National Hurricane Director Ken Graham told CNN on Wednesday. “What’s more, it (will get) out of those banks and (go) over the land.”
The NWS says practically 50% of all deaths from tropical typhoons come from storm flood.
Storm surges can also exacerbate flooding. Contingent upon how much water is pushed ashore, it can gather, further expanding harm to communities.
While there’s a chance the storm could “weaken slightly from its peak intensity over the Gulf of Mexico,” Global News Meteorologist Ross Hull says it is “still expected to keep up serious typhoon quality as it makes landfall.
Winds and rainfall are also expected to be another huge issue.
Should the storm proceed at Category 4 strength as it arrives at land, Hull said the quality of the more than 200 km/h winds has the capacity to destroy homes and knock out power?
A Category 4 tempest can cause harm so serious that wide areas of land could get dreadful for a considerable length of time or months.
Rainfall amounts of up to 15 inches are possible from Wednesday through Friday across much of the northwestern Gulf Coast, with smaller amounts expected over the lower to middle Mississippi Valley, according to the NHC.
Alongside winds and heavy rainfall, a few tornados are probably going to happen Wednesday night across southeast Texas to Louisiana and Mississippi, said Hull.
When Will It Make Landfall?
The storm was around 450 kilometers out from Lake Charles, Louisiana as of Wednesday morning, moving at around 24 km/h.
It is expected to make landfall close to the Texas-Louisiana state line late Wednesday or early Thursday, forecasters say.
Spots like the Calcasieu and Cameron wards in Louisiana could be in the holds of the tempest for the longest, in light of the figure track, as indicated by the NWS, as revealed by the Associated Press.
The zone is in the bullseye of the storm and could be “part of the Gulf of Mexico for several days,” meteorologist Donald Jones told the AP.
This news is originally posted on globlanews