Tracking the tropics: Laura weakens to a tropical storm as it moves inland

A satellite image shows Hurricane Laura making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 27, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Hurricane Laura made landfall at 1 a.m. Thursday in Cameron, Louisiana.

At midnight Thursday morning, Laura’s northern eyewall began moving onshore with 150 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 185 mph, making it a strong Category 4 storm.

As of noon, Laura had weakened to a tropical storm with 75 mph sustained winds. It will continue to weaken quickly as it moves inland.

Now that Laura is over land, it will speed up and curve eastward into the Mid-Atlantic states, bringing with it heavy rainfall. The storm should emerge over the Atlantic Ocean by Sunday.

Read the latest advisory on Laura here.

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