Laura is now a tropical depression
Update: 28th of August, 7:00 a.m. UTC
Laura left a trail of destruction in Louisiana and Texas, killing 6 people, tearing off roofs and causing power outages.
The storm has now downgraded to tropical depression and moving to north-northeast with maximum winds 55 km/h (29 KT).
Rainfall and flood risk will continue across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Update: 27th of August, 4:00 p.m. UTC
Hurricane Laura is moving north, affecting central and northern Louisiana with damaging winds and flooding rainfall. Maximum winds have decreased to 120 km/h (64 KT).
It is now expected to become a tropical storm within several hours, before weakening into a tropical depression.
Elevated water levels will persist for the next few hours along the Gulf Coast from Sabine Pass, Texas to Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
Update: 27th of August, 7:00 a.m. UTC
Laura has rapidly intensified into a hurricane Cat.4, before its landfall near Lake Charles, Louisiana with dangerous storm surge and damaging winds.
Storm surge warning is in effect for areas from Freeport, Texas, to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Life-threatening storm surge is expected in the next 36 hours.
Hurricane warning has been issued for areas from High Island, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.
Maximum sustainable winds are 240 km/h (129 KT). It is tracking to the north-northwest at about 24 km/h (12 KT).
Laura will move more inland through southwestern Louisiana early Thursday and steady weakening of the Cat.4 hurricane should begin in the morning hours.
Update: 26th of August, 2:30 p.m. UTC
The center of Laura is located approximately 250 miles south-southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana and moving northwest at 24 km/h (12 KT). Maximum sustainable winds increased to 185 km/h (100 KT).
Laura will arrive to the coasts early Thursday as a major hurricane and residents of the upper Texas and southwest Louisiana should take appropriate actions to prepare for a destructive landfall.
Update: 26th of August, 7:00 a.m. UTC
Laura intensified into a hurricane Category 2 early Wednesday morning and it seems that due to favorable conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, Laura will become a major hurricane.
Landfall is predicted late Wednesday or early Thursday on the upper Texas or southwest Louisiana coasts.
Hurricane is presently moving west/northwest at 28 km/h (15 KT) with maximum sustainable winds 165 km/h (89 KT).
Possible threats include life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds with flood risk for north Arkansas or southern Missouri. Strongest winds should occur within the area from San Luis Pass, Texas to west of Morgan City, Louisiana.
Storm surge will likely affect the most areas from San Luis Pass, Texas to the Mouth of Mississippi River.
Flash Flooding is expected to strike eastern Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Update: 25th of August, 8:00 a.m. UTC
Marco made a landfall as a tropical storm at 6 p.m. CDT near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Due to unfavorable upper-level winds, Marco has weakened into a tropical depression, but will still bring locally heavy rains gusty winds to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Currently tropical storm Laura should reach Gulf Coast in the northwest late Wednesday or early Thursday as a hurricane, landfall would be possibly on the Louisiana or Texas coast.
Maximum sustainable winds are 110 km/h (59 KT) and movement speed 27 km/h (14 KT).
Storm and hurricane watches have been issued for parts of Texas and Louisiana.
Update: 24th of August, 9:30 a.m. UTC
Marco weakened from Category 1 hurricane over the weekend to a tropical storm and has now maximum sustainable winds 95 km/h (51 KT) with position at 27.6N 88.2W. Strom is forecasted to make landfall today on the Louisiana coast.
Storm surge warnings are in effect from Morgan City Louisiana to Ocean Springs Mississippi and Lake Borgne.
TS Laura will bring heavy rainfall and possibly flash flooding/mudslides to portions of Cuba and Jamaica today and is expected to strengthen to a hurricane before it makes landfall on the US mainland, which could be on Wednesday or Thursday.
The details of the track remain uncertain, however Laura could become hurricane Category 3. It is currently packing winds of 100 km/h (53 KT) and moving at 20.8N 78.9W.
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extremely bad weather - and that's one mighty understatement. love such footage but,yeah, i am aware of how terrible an impact such weather has on folk...