Hurricane Laura is expected to cause an “unsurvivable” storm surge, extreme winds and flash floods as it hits the US.
The National Hurricane Center says, Laura was upgraded to a Category 4 storm as it approached the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday. The NHC warned local residents to “rush” to complete preparations.
Half a million have been told to leave. Laura and another storm, Marco, earlier hit the Caribbean, killing 24. Marco has already struck Louisiana, bringing strong winds and heavy rain on Monday.
Initially, it was feared that both storms would hit Louisiana as hurricanes within 48 hours of each other but Marco was downgraded to a tropical storm.
Laura, on the other hand, has strengthened rapidly from a Category 3, gaining 70% in power in just 24 hours, to a Category 4, maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour.
US President Donald Trump has advised potentially affected by the storm to listen to local officials as the storm was very dangerous and rapidly intensifying.