Since 1924, there have been 35 documented hurricanes in the North Atlantic to have reached Category 5 sustained wind speeds. Hurricane Laura could become the sixth storm to actually make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 5.
It only takes two feet of fast-moving water to sweep away vehicles and storm surges of up to 20 feet are forecast for parts of Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane and will be a major hurricane when it makes landfall in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura is set to hit Louisiana just days before the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans.
Hurricane Laura currently has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, but wind speeds are forecast to increase before the storm reaches the Louisiana coast.
As the Level 3 hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast, the City of Galveston, the City of Port Arthur, Jefferson County and Orange county have all issued mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Laura's impending arrival.
Forecasters predict that Hurricane Laura will strengthen to a major hurricane as it moves over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, before making landfall on Wednesday.
Days after Tropical Storm Marco moves along Louisiana's coast, Tropical Storm Laura is set to hit the area as a hurricane.
Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued for most of southern Louisiana, including New Orleans, and southeast Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed earlier.
At one point on Tuesday, Genevieve clocked wind speeds of around 130 miles per hour, making it a powerful Category 4 hurricane. It has now weakened to a tropical storm after lashing Baja California.
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