Hurricane Laura Bears Down on Texas and Louisiana, Forecast to Grow

The hurricane’s fierce winds are reaching far inland, as tens of thousands evacuate

With Hurricane Laura projected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Thursday, coronavirus-hit states prepared for the second of two storms. Photo: Orlando Barría/EPA/Shutterstock (Originally published Aug. 24, 2020)

Hurricane Laura gathered strength in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, as it churned toward the Texas and Louisiana coasts, where it is projected to make landfall as a Category 3 storm late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The hurricane, a Category 1 storm with 80 mile-an-hour winds as of Tuesday evening, is forecast to unleash a storm surge as high as 13 feet, causing life-threatening flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center. Officials in Texas and Louisiana issued mandatory evacuation orders in a dozen coastal cities and...

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