Hurricane Laura Forecast To Strike At Category 3 Or Higher, Evacuations Ordered For Texas And Louisiana

USA Today reports:

With Tropical Storm Marco out of the way, the stage is now set for Hurricane Laura to deliver a devastating blow to the Gulf Coast late Wednesday and early Thursday. The National Hurricane Center projected Tuesday morning that Laura will become a Category 3 “major” hurricane before landfall, with winds of around 115 mph. A major hurricane has winds of at least 111 mph.

“Residents along the Texas and Louisiana coasts should anticipate the possibility that Laura will rapidly intensify right up until landfall,” said meteorologist Jeff Masters of Yale Climate Connections. In addition to the fierce winds, the hurricane is expected to bring a huge storm surge of Gulf sea water ashore, forecasters warned, potentially as high as 11 feet near the Texas/Louisiana border.