Cyclone ‘Laura’, which wreaked havoc as a tropical storm on its way through several Caribbean countries, has rapidly gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico and has become a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. according to the United States’ National Hurricane Center (CNH).
‘Laura’ is advancing towards the south coast of the United States at maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour and becomes a category four hurricane this Wednesday, according to CNH. It is planned to land near the Texas-Louisiana border late in the day or early Thursday.
The US agency has warned of possible “catastrophic” effects, despite forecasters predicting the cyclone will lose strength once it lands. They therefore expected rainfalls and strong gusts of wind that could make the water or electricity supply more difficult.
Louisiana and Texas governors John Bel Edwards and Greg Abbott have urged the population to prepare and exercise with extreme caution. Several cities on the Texan coast have issued evacuation orders that would affect hundreds of thousands of people, according to NBC News.