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UPDATE: Laura, now a Category 2 hurricane, still extremely dangerous

UPDATE: LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP) -- Laura has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane as its center moved deeper inland over Louisiana.

That's no longer a major hurricane but it still has extremely dangerous winds hours after striking the coast and pushing what forecasters called an unsurvivable storm surge miles inland.

Laura's eye hit a stretch of Louisiana near the Texas state line early Thursday as a Category 4.

Authorities had ordered more than 580,000 coastal residents to evacuate, but not everyone did.

Now they have to wait until conditions ease before attempting search and rescue missions and assessing the damage.


LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- Laura weakens to Category 3 hurricane as storm causes flash flooding, catastrophic storm surge in southwestern Louisiana.


DELCAMBRE, La. (AP) -- Forecasters says Hurricane Laura has made landfall in southwest Louisiana near the Texas board as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm made landfall early Thursday morning near Cameron, Louisiana.

It had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, making it the most powerful hurricane to strike the U.S. so far this year.

The storm's power has raised fears of a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters say would be "unsurvivable" and capable of sinking entire communities on the Texas and Louisiana coast.

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