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Greetings, Houston. Here’s the latest on Hurricane Laura:
Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, around 1 a.m. as a strong category 4 hurricane.
9 a.m. update:
More than 500,000 customers are without power across Texas and Louisiana, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Hurricane Laura left behind a trail of destruction and continues to pummel inland Louisiana. Video shared on Twitter show collapsed buildings in Lake Charles and other damage in Texas.
First look outside. Motel 6 partial collapse #lakecharleslouisiana #LakeCharles #laura #HurricaneLaura #lawx #louisiana pic.twitter.com/vf2uZEvrvb
— Marc Gustafson (@newsgoose) August 27, 2020
Crazy! A HUGE tree was uprooted in Bridge City, just feet from a home. @KPRC2 #kprc2 pic.twitter.com/diYZgyc7p6
— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) August 27, 2020
Residents in Harris County, some of whom were under a voluntary evacuation order, are now allowed to return home, according to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management.
8 a.m. update:
Laura was downgraded to a category 2 hurricane as it moved inland over Louisiana into Arkansas. Houston was spared, but residents in Louisiana and east Texas are getting their first look at damage as the sun rises.
In Lake Charles, Louisiana, video posted by storm chaser Michael Koch shows scores of windows broken on the Capitol One Tower.
– First light is revealing the incredible damage #HurricaneLaura did here in #LakeCharles #Louisiana over night… #Laura #CapitolOneTower pic.twitter.com/WSlP0MIZ0K
— WeatherGoingWILD (@WeatherGoinWILD) August 27, 2020
In Houston, wind gusts peaked around 30 mph, with winds gusting near 40 mph near Galveston, according to the National Weather Service.
The city of Galveston also lifted its evacuation order Thursday morning, allowing residents to return to the island.
Houston can expect high temperatures in the 90s, with “feels like” temperatures in the triple digits by the afternoon. Storms could crop up between 6 to 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Rain chances return this weekend.