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hard rain a comin’

Hurricane Laura is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane before making landfall in southwestern Louisiana or southeastern Texas late Wednesday night.

Laura is expected to undergo rapid intensification over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, bringing its wind speeds into the Category 3 range or greater at time of landfall. In some areas, storm surge could reach up to 10 feet, threatening dangerous wave and flooding action. The surge could stretch up to 30 miles inland along the region’s estuaries and waterways, warned the National Hurricane Center. A storm surge warning is in effect all the way from Galveston Island to the mouth of the Mississippi River, 300 nautical miles to the east. Read on.