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Hurricane Laura now Category 4

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GOES-16 1-minute infrared imagery at 4 PM CDT shows Hurricane Laura’s large and well-defined eye approaching the Gulf Coast as a powerful Category 4 Hurricane. Maximum wind speeds within the storm are currently 145 mph.

4 PM CDT – Hurricane Laura’s maximum winds have increased to 145 mph, with a landfall near the TX/LA border late this evening remaining in the forecast. Maximum winds are currently forecast to increase to 150 mph prior to landfall.

Hurricane Laura Category 4 4pm

3:45 PM Radar Update: Storms embedded within Hurricane Laura’s outer rain bands continue to push inland. These storms may produce gusty winds and locally heavy downpours. A gust of 38 mph was observed at 3:36 PM at the airport in Conroe.

8 AM Update: Hurricane Laura is expected to continue to intensify today before making landfall early tomorrow morning.

Expected local impacts:

  • Wind West of I-45: 30-40mph
  • East of I-45: 45-55mph

Rainfall

  • West of I-45: 1-2 inches
  • East of I-45: 2-6 inches

Look for outer bands to begin moving inland later today, with increasing coverage later tonight as Laura reaches the coastline and makes landfall.

Source: US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas, Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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