Hurricane Laura makes landfall in the US as a category 4 storm

Hurricane Laura made landfall at the coast of Texas and Louisiana early Thursday morning as a category 4 storm. (Courtesy of Spectrum News)Hurricane Laura made landfall at the coast of Texas and Louisiana early Thursday morning as a category 4 storm. (Courtesy of Spectrum News)

Logan Irwin, Correspondent

Hurricane Laura made landfall off of the coast of Texas and Louisiana early Thursday morning. This storm progressed to a Category 4, which included winds of over 150 mph and a storm surge of 15 to 20 feet. 

A second system, Tropical Storm Marco, already made landfall in the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, which produced heavy rains and flooding but was determined to have no other threats such as tornadoes. 

Hurricane Laura even produced impacts throughout the state of Alabama during the week. The storm brought heavy rainfall to North Alabama and dangerous rip currents in effect through Friday along the coast.

August 27

Hurricane Laura makes landfall as a category four storm. This occurred early Thursday morning off the Texas and Louisiana coast.

According to NBC, Laura became the most intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in 164 years, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. 

As Laura moves inland, the storm has been downgraded to a Category Two hurricane. 

August 26

Landfall for Laura could occur shortly from this point. It is set to develop into a major hurricane by the time it does hit land.

According to CNN, Laura could strengthen to a Category Four by the time it makes landfall. They are predicting this to be off of the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, with rain still making its way into Mississippi and Alabama. 

Approximately 1.5 million people have evacuated the area of potential landfall. This landfall could occur Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

As of the afternoon, Laura has become a Category Four. James Spann said in a Facebook post that the storm is considered “unsurvivable” with large and destructive waves. Landfall could occur within five to six hours from his latest post at the time of writing.

August 25

In an updated blog from James Spann on the 25th, he stated that Laura has developed into a hurricane. 

Marco makes landfall, but has weakened to a tropical storm with no threats of tornadoes. It does still hold the risk of flooding and heavy rainfall. 

August 24

Some news came about dealing with the two tropical storms. In a report from James Spann, Marco has been labeled a tropical depression and is expected to dissipate over the course of the next twenty-four hours as it moves westward. 

As for Laura, the storm is continuing to pick up speed and is expected to develop from a tropical storm into a hurricane by tomorrow night within the Gulf of Mexico. 

James Spann wrote on the AlabamaWx Weather blog that the landfall from Laura is expected to occur on the western side of the Louisiana Coast on Wednesday night, and is projected to evolve into a category two storm.  

August 23

Today, The Washington Post confirmed that the state of Louisiana could see two unprecedented storm landfalls over the course of three days.

In a press briefing from President Donald Trump, he stated, “I’m asking all Americans in the storm’s path to follow the instructions of your state and local governments very closely.  And I’ve approved emergency declarations for Puerto Rico and for Louisiana.  FEMA is mobilized on the ground and is ready to help.”

August 22

According to ABC News, it was confirmed that both of the storms are not set to develop into hurricanes at the same time. Marco is on track to become a hurricane between Saturday night and Monday morning, while Laura could become a hurricane on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

It was also confirmed by ABC News that states from Texas to Mississippi could see an impact from the two storms set to hit later in the week. Louisiana and Mississippi have both already declared states of emergency to better prepare for the storms. 

Jeff Masters, with  Yale Climate Connections wrote, “Tropical Storm Laura grew more organized as it plowed through the Leeward and Virgin Islands Friday night through Saturday morning, but remained a minimal tropical storm with top winds of 40 mph at 11 a.m. EDT Saturday.”

August 21

Both tropical storms were formed. Laura was formed in the Atlantic, while Marco seems to be taking a route towards The Gulf of Mexico.

Marco was about 180 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and was traveling north-northwest, according to The New York Times.  

According to Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center, both of these storms have the potential to develop into hurricanes at a later date.

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