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Hurricane Laura Live Updates: Gulf Coast Lashed by High Winds and Flooding


Hurricane Laura pounded the Louisiana and Texas coasts as it made landfall near Cameron, La., as a Category 4 storm early Thursday, delivering a barrage of 150-mile-an-hour winds and massive storm surge. The cyclone weakened as it moved inland, but remained destructive, with strong winds and heavy rain, and forecasters said it could spawn tornadoes.

At 7 a.m. Central time, the storm was centered near Leesville, La., about 100 miles north of the Gulf Coast, with hurricane-force winds extending out 60 miles in all directions, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving northward at 15 miles an hour, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles an hour.