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Tropical Storm Laura officially strengthened to hurricane status Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 7:15 a.m., Laura was recorded as having maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, which classifies it at a Category 1 hurricane. It is located 625 miles southeast of Lakes Charles, Louisiana.
The weather system is forecast to continue to move north-northwest as it approaches Louisiana. It is expected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border as a major hurricane early Thursday morning, the latest NHC advisory update says.
Laura is the second storm to bring weather impacts to the Gulf Coast this week. On Monday, Tropical Storm Marco made landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River before being downgraded to a Tropical Depression soon after.
Laura is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall, according to the latest NHC advisory.
When is Hurricane Laura expected to make landfall? Track the forecast path, spaghetti models
Track the latest forecasts for Laura using these interactive spaghetti models and storm tracker maps. If the graphics don’t load, click here to access them.
Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.
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