Hurricane Laura LIVE webcam: Watch as devastating storm wreaks havoc across Louisiana

Hurricane Laura is expected to cause severe damage and disruption across Louisiana after battering the state with persistent downpours, with an estimated 12 inches of rain expected to fall in a matter of hours. The National Weather Service has urged anyone living on the path of Laura to take shelter as they warned of the “catastrophic” storm surge the hurricane could cause. The service’s latest advisory said: “Hurricane #Laura Advisory 29A: Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall Near Cameron Louisiana.

“Catastrophic Storm Surge, Extreme Winds, and Flash Flooding Occurring in Portions of Louisiana.”

A storm surge indicates there is a danger of life-threatening floods from rising water moving inland from the coast because of the hurricane.

The strength of Laura forced meteorologists to warn the potential surge would be “unsurvivable” by virtue of the strength of the storm.

Weather Channel forecaster Mike Seidel, who has been reporting from the eye of the storm, wrote on Twitter: “Lake Charles taking the eye wall of #Laura with a 128 MPH gust. Meanwhile in the eye in Cameron the winds have dropped to 10 MPH after gusting to 127 MPH.”

JUST IN: Hurricane Laura: ‘Unsurvivable’ Cat 4 storm to spark 20ft ‘wall of water’ – 150mph winds

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported the maximum sustained winds as Hurricane Laura made landfall had reached 150mph.

In the latest advisory, the NOAA said the forecast track suggests Laura will be moving across southwestern Louisiana through Thursday morning before taking a northwards turn during the afternoon.

They said: “The center of Laura is forecast to move over Arkansas tonight, and over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday, and the mid-Atlantic states on Saturday.

“Air Force reconnaissance and Doppler radar data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Rapid weakening is forecast as Laura moves inland.”

READ MORE: Hurricane Laura makes landfall at Louisiana with 150mph winds and ‘unsurvivable’ surge

Mr Rappaport said: “Even back then we had great loss of life, with a smaller population at that point.

“We hope that the warnings that have been put out and the improved forecast and messaging that has gone forward has allowed people there to evacuate as necessary and prepare their homes.”

NOAA satellite video captured Hurricane Laura’s journey towards the Louisiana and Texas coast, showing the storm bursting with lighting.

The hurricane had its power increase nearly 70 percent in the 24 hours ahead of its landfall.



Hurricane Laura LIVE webcam: Watch as devastating storm wreaks havoc across Louisiana

Hurricane Laura is expected to cause severe damage and disruption across Louisiana after battering the state with persistent downpours, with an estimated 12 inches of rain expected to fall in a matter of hours. The National Weather Service has urged anyone living on the path of Laura to take shelter as they warned of the “catastrophic” storm surge the hurricane could cause. The service’s latest advisory said: “Hurricane #Laura Advisory 29A: Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall Near Cameron Louisiana.

“Catastrophic Storm Surge, Extreme Winds, and Flash Flooding Occurring in Portions of Louisiana.”

A storm surge indicates there is a danger of life-threatening floods from rising water moving inland from the coast because of the hurricane.

The strength of Laura forced meteorologists to warn the potential surge would be “unsurvivable” by virtue of the strength of the storm.

Weather Channel forecaster Mike Seidel, who has been reporting from the eye of the storm, wrote on Twitter: “Lake Charles taking the eye wall of #Laura with a 128 MPH gust. Meanwhile in the eye in Cameron the winds have dropped to 10 MPH after gusting to 127 MPH.”

JUST IN: Hurricane Laura: ‘Unsurvivable’ Cat 4 storm to spark 20ft ‘wall of water’ – 150mph winds

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported the maximum sustained winds as Hurricane Laura made landfall had reached 150mph.

In the latest advisory, the NOAA said the forecast track suggests Laura will be moving across southwestern Louisiana through Thursday morning before taking a northwards turn during the afternoon.

They said: “The center of Laura is forecast to move over Arkansas tonight, and over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday, and the mid-Atlantic states on Saturday.

“Air Force reconnaissance and Doppler radar data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Rapid weakening is forecast as Laura moves inland.”

READ MORE: Hurricane Laura makes landfall at Louisiana with 150mph winds and ‘unsurvivable’ surge



Met Office weather warnings UPGRADED: Danger to life alert as Storm Francis wreaks havoc

The Met Office has issued widespread weather warnings today (Tuesday, August 25) until Wednesday morning. Storm Francis is the latest named storm of the season, with the Met Office warning up to 70mph winds could be possible in some areas of the UK today.

The Met Office has upgraded one of its existing yellow rain warnings, which has been in place from midnight on Tuesday.

The Met Office explained: “The warning has been extended into parts of Derbyshire for high totals over the Peak District.”

The yellow rain warning expires at 6am on Wednesday, and covers much of northern England, Wales and now a part of the East Midlands.

Another yellow rain warning is in place for Northern Ireland and a swathe of Scotland, which is also due to expire at 6am on Wednesday.

Most of England and Wales is included under a yellow wind warning until 9am on Wednesday.

This is a breaking story with updates to follow.



Bear wreaks havoc inside home

Deep and Connecticut State Police responded to the home Thursday. The woman claims the bear was taller than six feet when it stood on its hind legs.

SALISBURY, Conn. — A woman’s home is destroyed after a black bear broke into her home Thursday. 

The woman says she came back to her home to find the animal tearing up her pantry. The bear entered the house around 10:30 am through the window which was only slightly open. The animal then made its way to the pantry causing considerable damage. 

The bear pulled down the shelves and went the sweeter foods like chocolate, sugar, and cocoa. At one point the bear was said to have stood on its hind legs revealing it was over six feet. It then left the house through the same window it entered. 

Connecticut State Police and DEEP were called to the home to investigate. Officials set up a doughnut laced trap in case the bear returns which they believe there is a good chance because the bear got a good feed. 

The woman was not physically hurt during the incident. 

According to DEEP, there are simple things people can do to avoid bear problems including not feeding them, taking down bird feeders, and storing garbage in a secure, airtight container. Experts add outdoor grills should be cleaned and stored.

Bears will also kill chickens, so coops should be sturdy and secure.

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DEEP adds those with dogs should keep an eye on them while walking or hiking. A roaming dog may be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.

You can see the locations of the sightings for each of the animals and report your own sightings here.