MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Hurricane Laura made landfall Wednesday night at Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, one of the strongest storms to impact the state of Louisiana.
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As Laura moves inland, it is rapidly weakening thanks to the impact land is having on the storm itself. Even with the weaning of Laura as it approaches the Mid-South, we will see have to watch out for several impacts.
TRACK OF LAURA:
Laura is now a Category 1 hurricane with winds around 75 mph. As the storm tracks across Arkansas and into the Mid-South it will downgrade to a tropical storm with winds around 45 mph, continuing to weaken into a tropical depression.
SEVERE STORMS: The First Alert Weather team is tracking several impacts that Hurricane Laura will bring to the Mid-South. First we are tracking the threat for quick, spin-up tornadoes due to the rotation around the storm along the strong outer bands of the tropical system.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a large area of Eastern Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta under a Slight (2 out of 5) risk for a tornado during the day and into the night Thursday. Tornado watches have been issued for parts of the region and more will be likely through tonight.
The risk for strong storms become more widespread across the Mid-South Friday. The Slight (2 out of 5) risk for tornadoes and strong storms blankets parts of west Tennessee and north Mississippi.
Plan now and have multiple ways to gain watches and warnings if your area of the Mid-South is under one.
WIND THREAT: Winds will be howling as Laura continues its track inland and around the area. A majority of the area is under a wind advisory until late Friday.
Winds could be in excess of 30+ mph through Thursday night and into the day Friday, even lasting into Saturday morning.
FLOODING THREAT: As with a tropical system, there will be a lot of moisture for this to work with and that will come in the form of rain for parts of the region. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Mid-South region through tomorrow night.
Forecast models are indicating some areas could see 2 to 5 inches of rain in a short period of time. Remember the saying, turn around, don’t drown if you encounter any flooded areas.
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