Our nation is beset with enough calamity to last several lifetimes already, what with race riots, the COVID-19 pandemic, and murder hornets all raining down upon us.
But 2020 isn’t through with us…not by a long shot. The latest evidence of this constant catastrophe we’re living comes in the form of dueling hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, one of which is set to slam into Texas and Louisiana in a matter of hours.
The storm is no joke, and forecasters aren’t taking any chances with their assessments.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said Wednesday morning that Laura, now a major hurricane, is forecast to “rapidly strengthen” throughout the day to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, bringing life-threatening storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding over eastern Texas and Louisiana.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, the storm is located about 225 miles south-southeast of Lake Charles, La., moving northwest at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.
“Only a few hours remain to protect life and property,” the NHC said in its latest advisory.
Laura is now a dangerous Category 3 hurricane that continues to intensify in the Gulf of Mexico and bring impacts to coastal areas as it edges closer.
And, if you thought that warring was spooky, wait until you see this tweet:
Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes. This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline. #Laura pic.twitter.com/bV4jzT3Chd
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 26, 2020
Time is of the essence, as the storm surge has already begun to engulf roads and homes, long before Laura actually makes landfall.
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