At 7 a.m. local time, the storm was located about 20 miles north of Fort Polk, Louisiana, moving north at 15 mph. It was expected to pass through western and northern Louisiana this afternoon and Arkansas this evening, and become a tropical storm later Thursday.
“Extremely dangerous” Hurricane Laura made landfall overnight near Cameron, Louisiana, causing “catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding” in parts of the state, the National said Thursday. Hurricane Center. The storm quickly escalated into a Category 4 hurricane before hitting the Gulf Coast near the Louisiana-Texas border.Several hours after arriving ashore, the storm was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, although the storm is still extremely dangerous. The hurricane center said a potentially fatal storm surge was continuing early Thursday along much of the Louisiana coastline.