Hurricane Laura Forecast To Bring 'Unsurvivable' Storm Surge

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Forecasters Forecasters say say the the impact impact from from Hurricane Hurricane Laura Laura will will be be severe severe when when it it makes makes landfall landfall along along the the U. U. S S Gulf Gulf Coast later tonight. The city of Lake Charles, near the Texas Louisiana border is in the direct path of what is now expected to come ashore as a catastrophic category for Hurricane Rosemary Westwood of member station WWL reports. The area is under an evacuation order. The threats to Lake Charles are multiple and extremely serious storm surge hurricane force winds and possibly days following the storm without electricity, water or sewer services, But Marinich Hunter said Not enough people are leaving ahead of the storms. Early impacts expected later today. We're pleading with them right now to stop the internal debate, stop the waffling and get out of Lake Charles. State officials are comparing the storm to Hurricane Rita. Which devastated the area in 2005, just a month after Hurricane Katrina. Hunter called this his last ditch effort to get the cities roughly 78,000 people out of town.

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