Hurricane Laura could bring 'catastrophic storm surge,' 'extreme winds' to Texas-Louisiana border

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Laura continues to gain strength as it tracks toward the Texas-Louisiana border.

As of 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said Laura had sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and gusts up to 155 mph.

Hurricane Laura is expected to become a category 4 storm later Wednesday. It would need maximum sustained winds of 130 mph or higher to get that designation.

The storm is on a path to hit the U.S. coastline late Wednesday or early Thursday. It is expected to make landfall as a major storm capable of “catastrophic” damage–specifically from storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding.

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Galveston, Texas has already issued a mandatory evacuation, instructing all residents to leave the island Tuesday.

Recent forecasts show Laura making landfall somewhere between central Louisiana and Houston.

Forecasters warn that seawater higher than a basketball hoop could swamp entire communities.


Towns near the Louisiana-Texas state line are bracing for the worst. Laura already killed at least 11 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where it knocked out power and caused flooding in the two nations that share the island of Hispaniola.

Laura would transition to a post-tropical depression and work its way through the Ohio River Valley and could race east to bring North Carolina some rain Friday night into Saturday. Laura could carry tropical-storm-force winds into Arkansas

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Marco brought heavy rain, gusty winds and significant storm surge to parts of the gulf coast Monday night into Tuesday morning. Marco made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River, close to New Orleans around 6 p.m. Monday night but the ragged storm continued to weaken.
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  • Marco made landfall Monday evening and Laura will make landfall Wednesday.
  • For North Carolina, Laura brings the possibility of rain Friday and Saturday.

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