Hurricane Laura is heading towards Texas and Louisiana as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm. It has made landfall near Lake Charles, Louisiana with winds of 150 mph overnight on Wednesday and is moving along the Gulf Coast The National Hurricane Center warns that “unsurvivable” storm surges of up to 15 feet could overwhelm parts of the Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center‘s latest warning reveals the seriousness of the storm: “Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to the safe room in your shelter. Take action now to protect your life!”
So, what does an ‘Unsurvivable Storm Surge’ look like? Expert visuals from The Weather Channel really put the impact of the storm into perspective. With storm surges projected of up to 12ft high, the video graphics paint a clear picture of why authorities are urging residents in affected areas to evacuate ASAP.
These graphics by The Weather Channel show what to expect from Hurricane Laura…
This is a water surge of 3ft:
At this level of water, it’s already too late to evacuate. Cars will float away at just 3ft of water.
This is a surge of 6ft:
When the water reaches 6ft, you will have to try to escape to higher ground or a higher floor in your building.
And for storm surges of 9ft and above, you can see why it’s “unsurvivable”:
Evacuating in time may just save your life…
The National Hurricane Center is warning that the “combination of a dangerous storm surge” from Hurricane Laura and the tide “will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.”
They predict that the water could reach as high as 15-20 feet from Louisiana’s Johnson Bayou to the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, including Calcasieu Lake. The Center adds that “This surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline… “flood waters will not fully recede for several days after the storm.”
You can see the full Weather Channel report here:
The National Hurricane Center has forecasted "unsurvivable storm surge" from Hurricane #Laura in parts of Louisiana and Texas. Do NOT underestimate this storm.
This is what that kind of water height looks like: pic.twitter.com/ik7EtpFTzn
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 26, 2020
This map shows the path of the hurricane:
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Videos on social media show the damage that the storm is inflicting already in Lake Charles:
Hurricane Laura hit the area in the early hours of Thursday morning. There are reports of damaged buildings but the full damage will not be visible until daylight.
Breaking: Major damage is being reported in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as Hurricane Laura barrels into the area. pic.twitter.com/e3d6ZWvuR8
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) August 27, 2020
You can see track storm surge warnings from Hurricane Laura here.