Laura, now a hurricane, forecast to hit Gulf Coast as ‘major’ Category 3
Miami, Fl (treasurecoast.com)-The National Hurricane Center projected Tuesday morning that Laura will become a Category 3 “major” hurricane before landfall, with winds of around 115 mph. A major hurricane has winds of at least 111 mph.
In addition to the fierce winds, the hurricane is expected to bring a huge storm surge of Gulf sea water ashore, forecasters warned, potentially as high as 11 feet near the Texas/Louisiana border. On top of that, up to 15 inches of rain could fall in some spots in Louisiana.
The Hurricane Center issued storm surge and hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings late Monday for portions of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Mississippi.
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