Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf Coast Thursday with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, forcing the activation of thousands of National Guard troops to provide hurricane response support and military installations in its path to react.
Winds of up to 150mph (240km/h) caused severe damage, with power cuts to more than half a million homes and a chemical fire from an industrial plant.
ORANGE, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said some of the worst damage he saw as a result of Hurricane Laura was centered in Orange, Texas. But despite the alarming aftermath, he believes southeast Texas truly "dodged a bullet."
Hurricane Laura's ferocious winds produced more damage than its storm surge as it pummeled portions of Louisiana. The storm left six people dead in Louisiana, including at least four from falling trees.
Hurricane Laura slammed southern Louisiana early Thursday as a Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. The storm made landfall at 1 a.m. near Cameron, La., about 35 miles east of the Texas border.
Hurricane Laura rapidly intensified through the overnight hours and has strengthened into a Category 4 storm before it is expected to make landfall in Louisiana and Texas. CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray has the latest
PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Hurricane Laura is expected to be an "extremely powerful Category 4 hurricane" with "unsurvivable storm surge" of up to 20 feet when it reaches the Gulf Coast on Wednesday night and early Thursday, the hurricane center said in its 10 a.m. CDT update.
Hurricane Laura is now expected to slam into the Gulf Coast near the Louisiana-Texas border as a powerful and catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A helicopter tour is providing an aerial view of the damaged left behind by Hurricane Hanna.
Southern Texas suffered flooding and damage in Hurricane Hanna, with heavy rain still forecast for Monday. A serious flood risk remains throughout the Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley.
Flash flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service for all of South Texas and the middle Texas Coast.
Hurricane Hanna weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall along southern Texas's Gulf Coast on Saturday evening, bringing heavy rains and threats of flooding to parts of the state already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
Hurricane Hanna quickly pushed inland overnight, leaving flooding and damage in its path. The Category 1 storm made landfall at 5 p.m. Saturday at Padre Island with sustained winds of 90 mph.
Officials say the elderly couple and the boat owner would not have survived if they had not been rescued, as the sailboat was breaking apart.