With more than 145,000 confirmed cases, Louisiana has a … Recently searched locations will be displayed if there is no search query. A view of Hurricane Laura taken from the International Space Station on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. “If we make it through a Category 4 hurricane that ripped through the coastline all the way up through the Texarkana area, and we have been able to have minimal or perhaps no loss of life — that’s a miracle.”. John Bel Edwards told reporters Thursday. In the nearby community of Moss Bluff, Brett Geymann told the Associated Press that Laura sounded like a jet engine when it passed over his house at 2 a.m. Crazy winds here in Lake Charles. C.T., nearly 540,000 customers were without electricity, according to PowerOutage.us, a site that tracks, records, and aggregates power outages across the U.S. By Jeff Berardelli August 27, 2020 / 12:26 PM / CBS News Charles Darwin Notebooks Worth Millions Stolen from Library? Storm surge of 3 to 5 feet was also measured around Vermilion Bay, along the south-central Louisiana coast. (MORE: Tropical Storm Laura Turned Deadly in the Dominican Republic, Haiti). Forecasters attributed this in part to timing — Laura made landfall when the tide had begun to recede — and because the storm shifted east slightly, preventing a direct hit on Lake Charles. Laura made landfall on the Pinar del Rio province in western Cuba around 8:00 p.m. August 24 with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph. The fire at the BioLab plant, which makes household cleaners, was burning chlorine. The extreme winds even destroyed the National Weather Service Doppler radar in Lake Charles, in similar fashion as what happened to another NWS Doppler radar in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria in 2017. ET, August 27, 2020. The landfall was the culmination of a remarkable period of intensification after moving off the coast of western Cuba. It's just past 5 a.m. in Louisiana. West to southwest winds to the south of Laura's center did pile water from Lake Charles into parts of downtown Lake Charles several hours after landfall early on August 27, in areas that were previously dry, according to storm chaser Chris Jackson. Its central pressure at landfall was similar to Hurricane Rita in 2005, though Laura's winds were stronger. Powerful Hurricane Laura battered the Louisiana coastline Thursday morning after … Another person who was in a boat during the storm drowned. TEXAS - Hurricane Laura grew nearly 87 percent in power within 24 hours and about 20 million people live in its path. (CNN) Hurricane Laura was a formidable storm when it … Flash flooding, wind damage and a few tornadoes spread into Arkansas and Mississippi. Laura brought heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. Take control of your data. In wake of Hurricane Laura, search-and-rescue teams are out in force, Photos: Hurricane Laura tears through Louisiana. Michael and Darlene Taylor sort through a freezer damaged by Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27, 2020 in Grand Lake, La. © Copyright TWC Product and Technology LLC 2014, 2020, (This shows the path history of Laura from when it first became Tropical Depression Thirteen on August 19 to when the National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory on August 27, 2020. Storm surge of about 2.4 feet was recorded in Port Arthur, Texas, and about 4 feet at Galveston. On the Calcasieu River, the Lake Charles Isle of Capri Casino Barge broke free of its moorings and slammed into a bridge along Interstate 10, the highway that connects Houston and New Orleans. Flooding was reported across much of Natchitoches Parish, between Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana, on August 27. Hurricane Laura roared ashore in southwest Louisiana with a destructive storm surge, and spread damaging winds from east Texas and Louisiana into Arkansas. Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California. The winds knocked out power to more than 800,000 homes and businesses in southeast Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, according to poweroutage.us. Some water pushed up the Vermilion River into parts of Lafayette, Louisiana. Hurricane Laura made landfall in the early hours of Thursday, August 27, near Cameron, in southwest Louisiana. We are in the putter eye wall moving to the inner eye wall of devastating hurricane #laura pic.twitter.com/OFfKPzkF0U, “Lake Charles will look very different when the sun rises,” Newell tweeted. Hurricane Laura packs the strongest winds the region has ever seen — but that's not the biggest threat. Plymouth State meteorology associate professor Jason Cordeira noted the NHC forecast on August 23, 3 to 4 days before landfall, pinpointed the ultimate landfall of Laura's center within less than a mile. Laura blasted through the Louisiana coast and made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday, wreaking damage on the industrial, casino city of … Trees and power lines were reported down "all over the city" in Shreveport, Louisiana, according to local law enforcement. Laura pummeled western Louisiana and east Texas with surge flooding and high winds. Surge flooding up to 19 feet was documented in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. “There are houses that are totally gone,” he said. In wake of Hurricane Laura, search-and-rescue teams are out in force Aug. 28, 2020 02:14 Aug. 28, 2020, 2:06 AM UTC / Updated Aug. 28, 2020, 11:38 AM UTC “Absolute devastation.”. Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday morning near Cameron, Louisiana with maximum winds of 150 mph. Laura then became the fourth hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on August 25, based on measurements taken by NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft. A National Weather Service-Lake Charles survey team found a high water mark of 17.2 feet above ground at Rutherford Beach, where the Mermentau River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The average NHC track error from 2015-2019 in a 72 to 96-hour forecast ranged between 111 and 153 statute miles. Laura was the earliest Atlantic 'L' named storm on record. 7:03 a.m. University underpass in Lafayette was impassable due to rising water. Wind gusts of 100 to 135 mph were recorded in southwestern Louisiana, including Lake Charles. The National Hurricane Center said Laura slammed the coast with winds of 150 mph (241 kph) at 1 a.m. CDT as a Category 4 hurricane near Cameron, a … National Hurricane Center forecasts were extraordinarily accurate regarding Laura's path. While Laura's center remained well to the west of the Florida Keys, a wind gust of 69 mph was measured in Key West on August 24 as a line of showers on Laura's outer periphery moved through. As of 7 p.m. Still, the potentially catastrophic 15 to 20 foot storm surge that the National Hurricane Center had predicted appeared to remain several feet lower. Meteorology student Levi Newell, 20, who documented the storm in the city overnight, told NBC News that he saw sections of drywall and roofs whipping through town. Democratic Republic of the Congo | Français, State of Vatican City (Holy See) | Italiano, strongest (by estimated wind speed) to landfall in Louisiana, destroyed the National Weather Service Doppler radar in Lake Charles, Just over 9 feet of inundation was measured at Cameron, Louisiana, spare the Lake Charles metro area a much worse fate than feared from surge flooding, measurements taken by NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft.