The latest on Laura
Laura made landfall at close to 1AM Thursday morning near Cameron, Louisiana as an extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph and gusts up to 185 mph.
As of 12PM Thursday, Hurricane Laura has weakened to a Tropical Storm as its center has moved inland over Louisiana. While Laura is longer a major hurricane, it still has strong winds and is producing heavy rain over parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Laura continues to move north at around 16 mph this afternoon.
The latest track from the National Hurricane Center - which can be seen at the top of this page - shows Laura moving through Arkansas as a tropical storm Thursday afternoon and evening.
Impact to Texas/Louisiana Coastal Border
Areas from Galveston Bay to Vermilion Bay in Louisiana will have to deal with storm surge from Laura. According to the National Hurricane Center, surge of up to 15-20 feet in places will be “unsurvivable,” inundating land well inland along the Sabine and Calcasieu Rivers.
As for those of us around San Antonio, we’ll continue to stay on the dry side of Laura. While we may have a few isolated showers and storms Thursday, it will mainly be hot with plenty of sunshine.
You can follow along with Your Weather Authority as we continue to track Laura by downloading the KSAT Weather Authority app for Apple or Android. Be sure to allow notifications for updates, including livestreams from KSAT meteorologists.
Our KSAT Hurricane Tracker app also allows you to monitor the tropics from your phone during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs until November 30.
Types of Tropical Systems
Tropical systems have various names, depending on their wind strength. Watch the video below as KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to explain the different tropical categories.