Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a Category 4 monster early Thursday It is one of the strongest to ever hit the US Gulf Coast, with winds up to 150mph (240km/h) as while Laura’s northern eyewall moved onshore over Cameron Parish.
The hurricane made landfall shortly after midnight local time (05:00 GMT) near the district of Cameron, in Louisiana. It tracked north, just east of the Texas-Louisiana border. Four hours later it had been downgraded to a category three storm, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported, before weakening again to category two. At 12:00 GMT maximum sustained winds were near 100 mph (160 km/h), with higher gusts.
Hurricane Laura pounded the Gulf Coast for hours with ferocious wind, torrential rains and rising seawater as it roared ashore over southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border in the United States on Thursday as a life-threatening storm.
Laura’s feared storm surge has so far reached 9ft (2.7m) in parts. It is still considered life-threatening and forecasters have warned that the hurricane could push a massive wall of water 40 miles (65 km.) inland from the sea.Half a million residents have been told to leave parts of Texas and Louisiana.
More than 420,000 Texas residents were ordered to leave, while an additional 200,000 were told to evacuate Calcasieu Parish in south-western Louisiana.
Videos on social media showed heavy winds and rain battering a tall building, blowing out windows and littering glass and debris into the air and onto the ground as the hurricane moved over southwestern Louisiana.
The damage was observed as far as Lake Charles, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometres) north of where the storm made the landfall. More damage can be caused. The government has said that rescue operations will start once situation is under control.