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Laura forecast to become major hurricane at landfall along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico coast

Posted at 4:50 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 23:28:43-04

Hurricane Laurs continues to strengthen and is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico coast.

Laura is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph.

A turn toward the northwest is forecast on Wednesday, and a northwestward to north-northwestward motion should continue through Wednesday night.

On the forecast track, the center of Laura will move across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. The hurricane should approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts on Wednesday evening and move inland near those areas Wednesday night or Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Significant strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Laura is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall. Rapid weakening is expected after Laura makes landfall.

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The rest of the tropics remain quiet at this time. There is a wave coming off the coast of Africa, but no signs of any development with this system.

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