The northern eyewall of “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Laura has moved over Louisiana’s Cameron Parish, bringing a “catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding” to southwestern Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm intensified rapidly into a Category 4 hurricane as it barreled toward the Louisiana and Texas coasts and was on the verge of becoming a Category 5 — the hurricane center’s most powerful classification.
Laura was packing 150 mph sustained winds. It could cross the threshold into a Category 5 at the 157 mph mark.
Laura is expected to be the. At least 20 million people are in its path and more than half a million have been ordered to evacuate.