Hurricane Laura made landfall this morning as a strong CAT 4 around 1:05 am CDT. The surge was projected to be 21’ in areas and the highest reported was 11’; therefore, the surge impacts were greatly diminished. The wind was as advertised in Lake Charles and Cameron Louisiana, with gusts reaching near 134 mph in Lake Charles before the instrument was damaged, so likely gusts up to 150 mph. Laura has been downgraded to a tropical storm and still producing wind gusts in the 40’s and 50’s. It will hit Little Rock later this afternoon and then move into the TN River Valley, through KY and exiting around Richmond back into the Atlantic.
Claims have already started coming in and teams have been deployed.
Our prayers are with the people affected by the storm and we wish you a speedy recovery process.