The storm moved ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana line around midnight Thursday. The National Hurricane Center warned that both states could experience massive devastation from storm surge and wind damage.
Hurricane Laura moved ashore in Cameron Parish, Louisiana — which borders Texas — around midnight Thursday after almost strengthening into a Category 5 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its size and strength brought warnings from the hurricane center of “catastrophic” devastation from storm surge and wind damage on both sides of the Texas-Louisiana border.
The storm was a Category 4 hurricane as it swept ashore. It had intensified as it neared the Gulf Coast and at 10 p.m., the hurricane center reported that the storm’s maximum sustained winds had reached 150 mph — just 7 mph short of becoming classified as the most dire level of hurricane.
Cameron Parish is on the other side of the Texas-Louisiana border from Jefferson County, which is home to Beaumont and Port Arthur. Tens of thousands of homes in the area were without power by 1 a.m. Thursday, according to Entergy Texas, Inc. Hurricane Laura could mark the latest in a string of devastations for Texans in that region, where some are still recovering from damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
“We don’t know exactly how it is going to affect us. We are watching it, letting it pass and as soon as it goes out we are going to see what we can do,” Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames told KFDM as the hurricane was making landfall in Louisiana.
Ames said it was still early and that not much had really changed in the city’s response but that there was “maybe a bit of a sigh of relief” as the storm came in. She said at one point they feared being directly hit by a Category 4 or 5 storm.
Hurricane Laura is also expected to cause flooding and damage from storm surge, which pushes water from the coast inland. From Freeport to the Texas-Louisiana line, parts of the coast are expected to experience storm surges between 2 and 15 feet, according to an advisory Wednesday night from the hurricane center.
“The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” the advisory warned.
Multiple Texas cities and counties issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations in recent days, with thousands of evacuees heading to Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, among other places. But thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state and local officials have been scrambling to shelter evacuees, shifting as much as possible from emergency shelters to government-paid hotel rooms.
Brandon Formby and Matthew Watkins contributed reporting.
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