Hurricane Laura Approaching Louisiana With Fiercer Winds, Bigger Storm Surge Than Katrina

Hurricane Laura Approaching Louisiana With Fiercer Winds, Bigger Storm Surge Than Katrina


Atumultuous storm season is reaching its first crescendo as Hurricane Laura lurks toward the Texas-Louisiana border late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Laura is destined to make landfall as either a Category 4 storm, maybe a Category 5, before the sun rises over America on Thursday.

How bad can it be? Early indications say it could be worst than hurricanes Katrina or Rita, which both wreaked havoc over the Louisiana coast in 2005.

Hurricane Laura had been a rather peculiar, unorganized storm until the last few days, when she went from a disgruntled system over the Lesser Antilles to a slow-moving storm over Hispaniola to a fiery spirit who wanted to make her 2020 presence known as well.

Laura has taken on similar characteristics of recent storms in the Gulf of Mexico that thrashed southern states. There was Rita in 2008, which took a similar path as Laura, pushing water up the Sabine Pass between Texas and Louisiana and knocking out power.

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There was Ike in 2008, which went further west and crushed Galveston Island in Texas, sending many residents without power while wiping out structures along the famed seawall.

There was Harvey in 2017, which hit the Texas coastal bend with Category 4 winds—leveling structures in Rockport—before meandering over Houston and dropping 52 inches of rain in some places.

Now there’s Laura, which has threatened the U.S. coast in this part of the Gulf of Mexico like none have seen in a few years.!/widget/33056701-8f3a-4f21-ae7b-efa90974009a&type=widget&mode=smart3&code=33056701-8f3a-4f21-ae7b-efa90974009a&token=33056701-8f3a-4f21-ae7b-efa90974009a-1&

In Louisiana, the governor has said it’s likely the storm surge from Laura will be so great that it will approach nearly 40 miles inland, which could shut down Interstate-10.

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