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Hurricane Laura expected to strike as a major hurricane late Wednesday/early Thursday.

OLD STORY: Hurricane Laura is rapidly intensifying over the Gulf of Mexico and expected to strike the upper Texas or southwest Louisiana coasts as a major hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday. Life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds will batter the region and a threat of flooding rain and strong winds will extend well inland, according to The Weather Channel. Laura has strengthened again, now a Category 3 hurricane, and will strengthen to a Category 4, as of early Wednesday morning. Residents along the upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts should prepare now for a major hurricane strike, and are encouraged to follow any evacuation orders issued by local or state officials.

Laura became the fourth hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season Tuesday morning, based on measurements taken by NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft.

Laura has prompted hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Gulf Coast.

Governor Edwards is urging Louisiana residents to prepare for the storm. “This is a very powerful storm.  There will be storm surge impact, there will be wind impact, there will be rain impact,” said Edwards. EVEN News has conducted a preparedness video to help you be prepared for the storm. You can watch the video here. Stay safe, Acadiana.