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Hurricane Laura Facts

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TEXAS – Hurricane Laura grew nearly 87 percent in power within 24 hours and about 20 million people live in its path.

More than 500,000 have been ordered to evacuate.

The storm is raising concerns and comparisons to other history making storms, Katrina and Harvey.

We’re just three days out from Katrina’s 15th anniversary.

Katrina was a Cat. 5 storm, killing about 1,200 people, much of the damage was storm surge and flooding around New Orleans. Laura could strike near high tide, bringing between 15 to 20 feet of water. This would be the greatest rise in the Gulf since Katrina.

Hurricane Harvey was a Cat. 4 storm when it landed three years ago Tuesday in Houston.

The storm caused $125 billion in damage. Gov. Greg Abbott is calling Laura a replica storm, but that it is more of a wind even than Harvey was.

Laura is packing 150 mph wind gusts. Here’s what happens when the storm ramps up.

First, spinning inside the storm are rain bands, strings of heavy showers and winds spiraling inward toward the storm. The eye of the storm, which is actually calm, has an eyewall, which is a ring of clouds swirling around the eye.

The right front quadrant, this is the most destructive part. This area houses higher winds, seas and storm surge. Descending cold air, cool dry air sinks into the eye between the clouds by a low pressure center.

Then, warm moist air rises from the ocean – or a low pressure area – forming cloud bands around the eye as the cloud rotates.


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