Hurricane Laura made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane early Thursday morning in Louisiana with 150 mph winds and more than 9 feet of storm surge.
The storm was moving north with speeds of 16 mph through northwest Louisiana at 10 am CT on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are possible near 75 mph.
Sugar processing facilities near New Orleans may see operations and shipping hampered for several days due to both rain, flooding, winds, and the precautionary closing of flood gates.
Hurricane Laura flash flood risk (NOAA) & U.S. sugar facilities