Buzz Saw Hurricane Laura Category 4 145 mph Winds Landfall Tonight Texas Louisiana Border
ABOUT 155 MI…250 KM S OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA
ABOUT 155 MI…250 KM SSE OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…145 MPH…230 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…947 MB…27.97 INCHES
Hurricane Laura has continued to strengthen this afternoon as the pressure has now dropped 48 millibars in the last 24 hours. The strengthening should level off soon as Laura is closing in on the coast between Houston Texas and Lake Charles Louisiana. Port Arthur/Beaumont looks like the area of landfall during the early morning hours Thursday around 2-3am. The eye on the satellite is well defined as the hurricane assumes the classic buzz saw look. Laura is a category 4 hurricane with top winds now at 145 mph.
Bands of rain are moving onshore in Louisiana and Southeast Texas. We are also beginning to see the northwest quadrant showing up on the radar as well. We will track the storm on the radar tonight as it makes landfall. Weather conditions in the hurricane warning zone will continue to deteriorate this evening.
There are no important changes in the forecast track. Once inland Laura will weaken and head north before taking a sharp right turn eastward across the Lower Ohio Valley and then off the Delaware coast on Saturday. We will be discussing how Laura will impact our weather over the next few days. It will be more of a rain issue as it combines with an approaching cold front. We are not expecting this to be a wind issue.
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