The category four hurricane made landfall near Cameron at 1am local time. In a tweet, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: “At 1 am CDT, Hurricane #Laura has made landfall in southwestern Louisiana near Cameron as a category 4 #hurricane.
“Maximum sustained winds were 150 mph, with a minimum central pressure of 938 mb.
“Potentially catastrophic impacts will continue.”
The NHC warned the hurricane could cause an an “unsurvivable storm surge”.
It said: “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 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline.”
National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott said: “To think that there would be a wall of water over two storeys high coming on shore is very difficult for most to conceive, but that is what is going to happen.
“The word ‘unsurvivable’ is not one that we like to use, and it’s one that I’ve never used before.”
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“My Administration remains fully engaged with state & local emergency managers to continue preparing and assisting the great people Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
“Listen to local officials. We are with you!”
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