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      Early morning around 1:00 a.m., Hurricane Laura slammed into the Louisiana coast overnight as a dangerous Category 4 storm packed 150 mph peak winds when it crossed the coast near Cameron, Louisiana, about 35 miles east of the Texas border, making it one of the most powerful to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. The storm weakened to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday morning, but still has sustained winds of over 100 mph. Un-survivable storm surge with large and destructive waves are causing catastrophic damage from parts of Texas to Louisiana. This surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline, and flood waters will not fully recede for several days. Hurricane-force winds will continue this morning in portions of the hurricane warning area, with catastrophic wind damage expected near Laura’s eyewall. Widespread flash flooding along small streams, urban areas and roadways are expected along portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. The heavy rainfall threat and flash flooding will spread NE into the middle-Mississippi, lower Ohio, Tennessee Valley, and the Mid-Atlantic States Friday and Sunday.

      There are at least 709,465 customers without power in Louisiana and Texas as of 11:45 a.m. ET, according to PowerOutage.US.  Louisiana is experiencing the most significant outages from Hurricane Laura, with at least 570,706 current outages. Texas, meanwhile, is reporting at least 138,759 outages.  According to a statement from Greta Gustafson with the American Red Cross, “last night, more than 10,000 people across Texas and Louisiana were provided a safe place to stay by local officials in emergency lodgings, including shelters and, in some circumstances, hotels.”

      The Red Cross is providing blankets, cots and personal protective equipment for those in need. They are also on stand-by in Arkansas as the catastrophic storm continues to move north.  More than 400 Red Cross disaster workers, many are from the Tampa Bay chapter are currently on the ground, with another 400 mobilized virtually.

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