August 27, 2020
Oh Dear Lord
It's hitting with 150 mile per hour winds, a 20 foot storm surge.
1. Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes.
This surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline, and flood waters will not fully recede for several days after the storm.
2. Hurricane-force winds are expected tonight in portions of the hurricane warning area, with catastrophic wind damage expected where Laura's eyewall moves onshore. Hurricane-force winds and widespread damaging wind gusts will spread well inland into portions of extreme eastern Texas and western Louisiana early Thursday.
3. Widespread flash flooding along small streams, urban areas, and roadways is expected to begin overnight tonight into Thursday from far eastern Texas into Louisiana and Arkansas. This will also lead to minor to moderate freshwater river flooding. The heavy rainfall
threat and flash and urban flooding potential will spread
northeastward into the middle-Mississippi, lower Ohio, and Tennessee Valleys Friday night and Saturday.
I don't recall ever seeing the word "unsurvivable" in a forecast before.
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Could be worse.
A full assessment of the damage wrought by the Category 4 system was
likely to take days. But initial reports offered hope that Laura,
despite leaving entire neighborhoods in ruins and more than 875,000
people without power, was not the annihilating menace that forecasters
"It is clear that we did not sustain and suffer the
absolute, catastrophic damage that we thought was likely," Louisiana
Gov. John Bel Edwards said. "But we we have sustained a tremendous
amount of damage," he said.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Aug 27 16:49:44 2020 (LZ7Bg)
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