Hurricane Laura has now fallen below hurricane strength and is a 70 mph tropical storm, updates from the National Hurricane Center.   Overnight the hurricane rapidly became a category 4, at 150 mph storm. Though sources are now saying Laura has just turned into a tropical storm, the eye of the hurricane remains over northern… Read more »

Laura is weakening, but strong wind gusts are still expected

Hurricane Laura continues to travel northward through Louisiana, and the storm is now about 55 miles southeast of Shreveport, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. ET advisory. The National Hurricane Center said that although Laura is weakening, “strong wind gusts are likely to spread over northern Louisiana and Arkansas into this evening.” The… Read more »

More than 394,000 customers are without power

Power outages in Louisiana and Texas are climbing at a rapid pace this morning, after Hurricane Laura made landfall on the Gulf Coast. There are now 394,763  customers without power in both states, according to PowerOutage.US. More than 317,000 of those customers are in Louisiana, while more than 77,000 are in Texas.

Hurricane Laura strikes Louisiana as Category 4 storm

Hurricane Laura slammed southern Louisiana early Thursday as a Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. The storm made landfall at 1 a.m. near Cameron, La., about 35 miles east of the Texas border. Downtown Lake Charles, La. took a heavy hit, with widespread destruction from Laura’s devastating… Read more »