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27 August, 2020

Hurricane Report - Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron Louisiana around 0130 this morning with sustained winds at 150 mph (241 kmh) .

Laura is still a category 1 hurricane as it moves north into Arkansas. It will turn east, and move back into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday morning.

The full extent of damages are still being assessed along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. So far, only 2 U.S. deaths has been recorded due to fallen debris.  

The following ports are still in Port Condition Zulu

 

  • Houston, TX
  • Baytown, TX
  • Galveston, TX
  • Texas City, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange, TX
  • Sabine, TX
  • Lake Charles, LA

Houston/Galveston did not take a direct impact from the storm, the ports remain closed to clear the area of debris and to search for any possible damages. However, is expected to reopen this afternoon.

Port Conditions NORMAL

  • New Orleans

Port Conditions WHISKEY and YANKEE have been rescinded for the following

  • Corpus Christi
  • Point Comfort
  • Victoria
  • Port Mansfield
  • Brownsville

However, mariners are “advised to use caution” due to possible debris, shoaling and storm surge.

Hurricane Port Condition WHISKEY means condition set when weather advisories indicates sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 72 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition X-RAY means condition set when weather advisories indicates sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 48 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition YANKEE means condition set when weather advisories indicate that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 24 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition ZULU means condition set when weather advisories indicate that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 12 hours.

Power Outages

Louisiana – 579,000

Texas – 139,000

Infrastructure

Officials are surveying the areas in the path of the storm. However there is extensive damage to buildings and homes in the path.

 

There is a shelter in place near Lake Charles due to a chemical leak and fire from BioLab chemical manufacturer.

More information on the leak can be found HERE