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Tropical Storm Laura hits Louisiana: Live updates

August 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Laura made landfall early Thursday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, and it's since weakened to a tropical storm. Follow here for the latest updates.

Hurricane Laura hits Louisiana

Laura has now weakened below hurricane strength and is a 70 mph tropical storm, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center forecast the Louisiana landfall of Hurricane Laura on the mark nearly four days in advance of the storm hitting the US coast.

By Sunday morning — when the storm was only a 50 mph tropical storm over Haiti — the National Hurricane Center was projecting the storm would make landfall in the early hours of Thursday morning in far western Louisiana.

The same Sunday morning forecast showed Laura making landfall with winds of at least 100 mph, a Category 2 hurricane.

So the forecast intensity error was 50 mph, considerably worse than the 15-20 mph average error – but it should be noted that the National Hurricane Center was consistent in their forecast discussions that Laura could strengthen significantly more over the Gulf of Mexico's warm waters.

According to a statement from Greta Gustafson with the American Red Cross, “last night, more than 10,000 people across Texas and Louisiana were provided a safe place to stay by local officials in emergency lodgings, including shelters and, in some circumstances, hotels. ”

Three deaths have been reported in Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Laura, a spokesperson for the state tells CNN 

An “incident” is being investigated in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mike Steele, spokesperson for the state office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told CNN.

Hurricane Laura remains a Category 1 storms as it travels northward through Louisiana, according to a noon ET update from the National Hurricane Center.

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