Transcript for Louisiana hit with back-to-back storms as Hurricane Laura nears
Good evening. It's great to have you with us here on a very busy Tuesday night. And we begin tonight with that major hurricane threat. Forecasters say what could be a major category 3 hurricane is about to hit the U.S. More than a half million people ordered to evacuate in Texas and in Louisiana. Tonight, hurricane Laura is barrelling into the gulf of Mexico, expected to slam ashore as that cat 3. 115-mile-an-hour winds. The urgent call tonight to leave galveston, causing very slow-moving traffic. Families all going one way to get out. A line of cars heading out of Beaumont, Texas, today. Businesses are shutting down and boarding up. Nursing home residents taken out of harm's way. In New Orleans tonight, they are bracing, too. 15 years after Katrina, and the idea of a category 3 hurricane is very unsettling. Laura has killed 23 people in the caribbean on its path. Let's get right to rob Marciano, leading us off with the latest track of this hurricane. Rob is in Lake Charles, Louisiana, tonight, for us. Hey, rob. Reporter: Good evening, David. This storm is moving into a part of the gulf of Mexico that is ripe for strengthening. It's going to have two big impacts. That is destructive winds and life threatening storm surge well inland. We sit 30 miles from the coast here and obviously surrounded by water. We'll see a water rise of over ten feet, potentially north of interstate 10. Look at the alerts for storm surge. Over 500 miles of coastline. And some could come well inland. All the way to New Orleans, as well. Hurricane warnings up that do include Houston, down I-10 through the golden triangle, Lake Charles and over towards Lafayette. Here is the storm that's growing in the gulf of Mexico. 450 miles from where I stand right now and forecast to strengthen during the day tomorrow. Gathering to a category 2 and then eventually a category 3 storm, making landfall somewhere along the texas/louisiana border tomorrow night and bringing those winds well inland, all the way to Shreveport. Houston, dangerously close to that track. Any jog to the left is going to be devastating for that dense population and folks around there and far inland could be without power for days if not weeks. Listen to your local authorities. If they are telling you to get out, do so quickly. David? We are thinking of everyone there from Houston to new Orleans and of you, rob, and the team. And tonight, as Laura
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