As Hurricane Laura rolls towards the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, it increases in strength. The Weather Channel has classified the storm as a category four hurricane that is “catastrophic” and “destructive.”
Bloomberg has taken things a step further. The outlet has reported that the storm could become a category five hurricane by the time it hits land. Furthermore, the storm is “on the verge” of becoming the most powerful hurricane to hit the state of Louisiana.
At the moment, the hurricane features winds of up to 150 mph and is just 7 mph short of reaching a category five classification. Laura has the ability to strengthen tonight before the storm makes landfall across the northwest portion of the Gulf of Mexico. In comparison, Laura will strike land with more power than Hurricane Harvey did in 2017.
If this storm maintains its strength, it is projected to have a $15 billion impact on the region. Furthermore, the storm’s damage could affect the college football and NFL season, which would further the economic impact on the region.
Hurricane Harvey will make landfall this weekend in the Gulf Coast.