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Time is running out for those living in areas in the direct path of Hurricane Laura, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.

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Mandatory evacuations are underway in Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish, as forecasters say Hurricane Laura is strengthening and could possibly become a Category 4 storm when it hits the area.


Hurricane Laura, now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, approaches the western Louisiana and upper Texas coast and is expected to make landfall with devastating effect overnight.

We're reporting Wednesday's weather developments, preparations, evacuation efforts and impacts here.

You can read Thursday's coverage here.

National Weather Service

Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Louisianans to prepare for Tropical Storm Laura to make landfall along the southwest coast of the state as a “very strong” Category 2 hurricane.


In a Tuesday evening update, the City of New Orleans said it continues to monitor Hurricane Laura, still predicted to reach land as a Category 3 hurricane tomorrow.