Hurricane Laura is now a Category 4 hurricane. Where is the storm now, and where is it heading? Read on to see live radar and maps of the storms, along with a map of the projected path.
Live Streams, Trackers & Radars for Laura
This first live radar is from Windy.com. This radar is helpful for tracking the location of Hurricane Laura. You can press the + button on the right side of the map to zoom in more closely. You can also move the map ahead in time to see where the storm is forecast to be headed.
Note that depending on your browser, you might need to click on the map and change the orientation to see both storms:
Google has a storm tracker here for tracking Laura. It’s also embedded below. Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into the map below using the + button to see the storm’s track. (Some browsers will show a far-away view despite the settings, but zooming in will allow you to see the map in full.) This map updates automatically. As you can see, the projected cones currently have the storms’ paths potentially overlapping.
Another live storm tracker, from NowCoast at NOAA.gov, is here.
You can also watch these videos for live trackers. Here is one from Fox News:
Here is one from NBC:
Laura’s Projected Path
Below is a map from the National Hurricane Center showing Laura’s projected path as of 10 a.m. Central on August 26.
Laura is currently at 27.3 N, 92.5 W as of 1 p.m., about 200 miles south-southeast of Lake Charles, Louisiana and 200 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas Maximum sustained winds are currently 140 mph, and it’s moving northwest or 315 degrees at 16 mph. The minimum central pressure is 952 MB or 28.11 inches.
Here’s the NOAA’s report, issued at 1 p.m. Central on August 26:
At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Laura was located near latitude 27.3 North, longitude 92.5 West. Laura is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). A gradual turn toward the north-northwest and north is expected later today and tonight. On the forecast track, Laura will approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts this evening and move inland within that area tonight. The center of Laura is forecast to move over northwestern Louisiana tomorrow, across Arkansas Thursday night, and over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday.
Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher gusts. Laura is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible this afternoon, and Laura is forecast to remain a category 4 hurricane through landfall tonight. Rapid weakening is expected after Laura makes over land.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175miles (280 km). Tropical-storm-force winds have reached the coast of Louisiana and an observing site at Eugene Island recently measured sustained winds of 39 mph (63 km/h) and a gust to 64 mph
The latest minimum central pressure estimated from reconnaissance aircraft data is 952 mb (28.11 inches).
Laura is now a powerful Category 4 storm.