Hurricane Laura Weakens, Storm Surges Still ‘Unsurvivable,’ 110 Mph Winds

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Hurricane Laura weakened to a Category 2 storm but is still delivering 110 mph winds and “unsurvivable” storm surges that could reach 30 miles inland; while severe weather will stretch from Wyoming to Massachusetts.

Hurricane Laura makes landfall as Category 4, now at Category 2

Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with maximum winds of 150 miles per hour. Landfall occurred about 30 miles southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and about 40 miles east of Port Arthur Texas, CNN reported.

As of 5 AM local time in Louisiana, Hurricane Laura had weakened to a Category 2, but was still packing winds of 110 miles per hour.

As of Thursday morning, over 437,000 residents in Louisiana and over 110,000 in Texas were without electricity, according to PowerOutage.US.

NHC: “unsurvivable” storm surges still a threat

The storm surge remains one of the biggest threats which could reach up to 30 miles inland and parts of Southwest Louisiana in Southeast Texas, reaching all the way to Interstate 10 potentially, between Beaumont and Lake Charles. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is warning that the storm surge could be “unsurvivable” in some areas.

Officials are still warning residents in these areas to leave, and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office urged residents to “please evacuate” in a statement, while telling those who choose to ignore the evacuation orders and remain, to put their name, Social Security number and next of kin in a plastic Ziploc bag in a pocket for later identification.

Laura was expected to weaken to a tropical storm later in the day as it moves into Arkansas.

NWS warnings related to Hurricane Laura

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a number of warnings related to Hurricane Laura for Thursday.

Hurricane warning: northern Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Flash flood warning: southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Flash flood watch: eastern Texas; northern Louisiana; southern and northern Mississippi; southwest Oklahoma; Arkansas; western Tennessee; southeastern Missouri; southern Illinois; southern Indiana; western Kentucky.

Severe weather from Wyoming to Massachusetts

An expansive threat of severe weather stretches from Wyoming across the Midwest and Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast into Massachusetts for Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, affected states include Wyoming, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

Flash flooding threat for upper Midwest and Ohio Valley

Along with today’s severe thunderstorms stretching from Wyoming to Boston, the National Weather Service is warning of heavy rain bringing a flash flooding threat to parts of the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley.

The affected states include the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, as well as to the East over parts of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

NWS heat warnings

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a number of heat advisories for Thursday.

Excessive heat warning: southeastern California and deserts; southern Nevada; northern, central, southern and southeast Arizona.

Heat advisory: southwestern California; southern and southeastern Texas.

US weather forecast: August 27, 2020

West: San Francisco 65, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 90, partly cloudy; San Diego 83, partly cloudy; Reno 89, sunny; Las Vegas 108, sunny; Salt Lake City 96, sunny; Denver 95, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 78, sunny; Medford 90, sunny; Boise 86, mostly sunny; Cut Bank 79, sunny; Billings 83, thunderstorms; Minot 79, rain; Rapid City 93, thunderstorms; Cheyenne 89, mostly sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 113, sunny; Tucson 105, periodic clouds; Albuquerque 94, mostly sunny; El Paso 100, sunny; San Antonio 99, mostly sunny; Brownsville 99, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 98, mostly sunny; Dallas 93, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 89, mostly sunny; Kansas City 92, mostly sunny; Minneapolis 87, partly cloudy; Madison 89, rain.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 92, thunderstorms; St. Louis 88, thunderstorms; Detroit 92, thunderstorms; Cincinnati 87 thunderstorms; Indianapolis 88, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 98, partly cloudy; New Orleans 86, thunderstorms; Birmingham 92, thunderstorms; Atlanta 91, partly cloudy; Charlotte 94, partly cloudy; Jacksonville 92, partly cloudy; Tampa 92, thunderstorms; Miami 89, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 95, mostly sunny; Washington, D.C. 95, mostly sunny; Philadelphia 94, mostly sunny; Buffalo 80, thunderstorms; New York City 93, thunderstorms; Boston 68, thunderstorms; Caribou 68, partly cloudy.