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Hurricane Laura Made Landfall in Southwestern Louisiana; Threatening Continues

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Laura has officially made landfall in the southwestern  Louisiana near Cameron after a long journey through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm hit Cameron, Louisiana, at about 1 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), according to the National Hurricane Center, which called it an "extremely dangerous" hurricane.

Hurricane Laura continued moving inland after making landfall along the southwestern Louisiana Thursday morning. Winds unexpectedly lowered slightly over land, dropping to maximum sustained gusts of 140 mph as the storm headed north, just 10 miles southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and 40 miles east of Port Arthur, Texas.

The extremely dangerous Hurricane Laura is expected to produce catastrophic impacts, including dangerous storm surge (that could penetrate up to 40 miles inland), widespread damaging wind gusts, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. Hurricane, Storm Surge and Tropical Storm warnings extend from the northwestern Gulf Coast into parts of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. 



Hurricane Laura made landfall on the US’s Gulf of Mexico coast early on Thursday, threatening an “unsurvivable” surge of seawater in the heartland of American oil refining, natural gas exports and petrochemicals production. 

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