Hurricane Laura intensifies to category 3 with 115 mph winds


Three hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. It's top sustained winds have increased to 115 MPH. Forecasters say Laura will likely become a catastrophic Category four storm before it makes landfall along the Louisiana Texas coast tonight or early tomorrow. NPR's Jan Newman says more than a half million people are under mandatory evacuation orders. They include the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Galveston in Texas. The National Hurricane Center warns Laura is now a large hurricane and wind storm surge and rainfall hazards will extend far from its center. Major damage is expected from San Louis past Texas to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The American Red Cross says more than a dozen shelter teams are already on the ground. The

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