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Hurricane Laura has grown stronger by the hour on Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico.

According to forecasters, the system intensified into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm.

In a report from May 2020, Fox News described Category 4 as “sustained winds between 130 and 156 mph.”

“Category 4 storms bring ‘catastrophic damage,’ with well-built framed homes at risk of losing most of the roof structure and/or exterior walls,” the report said.

“Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas,” explained the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), as seen in the May report. “Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months,” it also mentioned.

Laura Becomes a Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Laura Approaches Gulf Coast | Hurricane Laura Has Intensified; Becomes Life-Threatening

According to the NHC in Miami, Laura has exploded into a Category 4 storm as it threatens to “bring life-threatening storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding over eastern Texas and Louisiana,” Fox News also reported.

“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes,” forecasters then said. “This storm surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline in southwestern Louisiana and far southeastern Texas,” they also revealed.

CBS News has recently reported that the storm is now moving north as it brings “damaging winds and flooding rainfall” to central and northern Louisiana.

The storm was weakening as of mid-Thursday morning. The hurricane center said the hurricane is expected to become a tropical storm.

Additionally, according to forecasters, high water levels are persisting along the Gulf Coast. “Tornadoes are possible through Thursday night in parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi,” CBS News then added.

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