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News | Hurricane Laura: 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Laura hits Louisiana coast

6-7 minutes - Source:   BBC Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parts of Louisiana have already seen flooding Hurricane Laura has struck the coast of Louisiana, with extreme winds causing flash flooding in the US state, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. The category four hurricane is expected to cause an "unsurvivable" storm surge as it moves inland with wind speeds of up to 150mph (240km/h). If it maintains those speeds it would be one of the strongest storms to ever hit the US Gulf Coast. Half a million residents have been told to leave parts of Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Laura made landfall shortly after midnight local time (05:00