Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura Animated
100 AM CDT Wed Aug 26 2020
At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Laura was located
near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 90.2 West.  Laura is moving
toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general
motion should continue overnight.  A turn toward the northwest is
forecast later today, and a northwestward to north-northwestward
motion should continue through Wednesday night.  On the forecast
track, Laura should approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana
coasts on Wednesday evening and move inland near those areas
Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
 
Data from an Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft 
indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph 
(165 km/h) with higher gusts.  Significant strengthening is 
forecast during the next 24 hours, and Laura is expected to be a 
major hurricane at landfall.  Rapid weakening is expected after 
Laura makes landfall.
 
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 55 miles (90 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175
miles (280 km).  NOAA buoy 42001 in the central Gulf of Mexico
recently reported a sustained wind of 60 mph (97 km/h) and a gust to
78 mph (126 km/h).
 
The minimum central pressure estimated from Hurricane Hunter
observations is 978 mb (28.88 inches).