National Weather Service Warns Hurricane Laura Will Create ‘Unsurvivable Storm Surge’ In Parts Of Texas, Louisiana

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 in parts of Texas and Louisiana late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and the National Weather Service issued a rather horrifying update on Wednesday afternoon. According to the NWS, the hurricane is expected to produce an ‘unsurvivable storm surge with large, destructive waves’ that could penetrate up to 30 miles inland.

There isn’t a scarier adjective that could be used than ‘unsurvivable’ when speaking about a storm. The NWS’ peak storm surge graphic also shows areas that could see a peak storm surge of 15 to 20 feet above dry land.

According to The Washington Post, more than a half-million people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana, where seas were beginning to build on Wednesday.

Hurricane Laura was a Category 1 early Tuesday but has since jumped to a Category 3 and is expected to move to a Category 4. The peak winds moved from 75 mph to 125 mph in a span of just 24 hours with its rate of intensification being the largest seen since Hurrican Irma in 2017.

CIRA captured this unbelievable video of lightning striking in the middle of the ginormous storm expected to make landfall soon.

Port Arthur, TX is expected to be impacted by the storm and was under mandatory evacuation. It is home to the United States’ largest oil refinery.