“You’re going to hear the word ‘unsurvivable’ to describe the storm surge we are expecting.” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a dire warning on Wednesday to thousands of residents to evacuate with the hours they had left… as Hurricane Laura strengthened to a Category 4 storm in the Gulf of Mexico, on track to hit Louisiana and Texas overnight.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to pack winds of up to 145 mph before landfall… And could cause catastrophic damage and "unsurvivable storm surge.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned residents to take the threat seriously: “…That storm surge could continue inland for about 30 miles… If you are unable or do not get out of harm’s way, the reality is for almost a 24 hour time period, there will be no ability for rescuers or aiders to get in and assist you in any way.” Some 620,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders in Louisiana and Texas.
“It’s supposed to be pretty bad man.
You know I’m glad we got out of there and everything.” Mike Larry left his home in Beaumont, Texas and drove over 250 miles to get out of harm’s way.
Officials want more people to do the same.
On the southern coast of Louisiana, officials warned there could be a massive storm surge.
Ben Schott with the National Weather Service: “There will be a wall up to 18 to 20 feet at the highest point, most likely.
As you can see in this map here zoomed in to Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes that the majority of Cameron Parish will be underwater at some point.” Governor Edwards said the state's entire National Guard had been activated for the first time since 2012.
Laura is now the strongest August hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since Katrina, which made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi 15 years ago – almost to the day.
The mayor of Austin, Texas, told his constituents on a video call last month to 'stay home' and avoid unnecessary travel. The message was a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the city and across Texas, as COVID-19 patients are already overwhelming hospitals. But according to Business Insider, Mayor Steve Adler, a Democrat, neglected to mention where he was when he filmed the public service announcement.
The streets of southwest Louisiana were deserted as a powerful Hurricane Delta approached, threatening to add misery to people struggling to recover from the damage inflicted by a hurricane less than two months ago. Freddie Joyner has more.
Theta, the powerful subtropical storm formed in the Atlantic Ocean Monday night. With 29 storms recorded so far, 2020 has been the most active hurricane season on record. According to the National Hurrican Center, no watches or warnings are in place. Meteorologists are forecasting that Theta will travel east and stay in open water before dissipating. CNN reports that hough Theta is not predicted to make landfall, Tropical Storm Eta already has.
[NFA] Tropical Storm Eta unleashed torrential rain on South Florida Sunday night and on Monday, leaving many neighborhoods flooded. Though currently moving offshore, Eta could still pose a threat to Florida later this week, the National Hurricane Center said. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
A Houston police officer died on Tuesday after being shot while another officer who responded to the same incident was being treated for injuries in the hospital, according to a statement from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
The Great State of Texas is staggering under the weight of surging coronavirus cases and deaths. Morgues in Texas are overflowing, and the National Guard has been sent to El Paso to process bodies. Across the state, thousands are lining up for food rations. But the nightmarish conditions haven't stopped the state's Republican senator from keeping his Thanksgiving holiday plans on track. Business Insider reports Sen.
The father of Walter Wallace, a Philadelphia Black man shot dead by police, is appealing for calm as a second night of protests over his son's death brought renewed violence. Matthew Larotonda reports.
Laura Podesta reports the biggest issue looming in the background is the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic could play - and whether or not a rise in cases will result as residents struggle to get back..