Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged people who had not yet evacuated from the path of Hurricane Laura to leave — as they only had “about five hours” to do so as of his noon press conference.
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Abbott reiterated that the hurricane is going to be quite severe with very powerful winds. He said the storm surge where Hurricane Laura hits may not be survivable.
“If you do not get out of harms’ way, the reality is for almost a 24 hour time period there will be a limited ability for rescuers or aiders to assist you in any way,” Abbott said.
Hurricane Laura, now a Category 4 storm, was about 235 miles southeast from Galveston, the National Hurricane Center last reported at 10 a.m. It had maximum sustained winds at 125 mph and was moving toward the Texas/Louisiana border at about 16 mph, the center’s latest bulletin said.
The storm now has sustained winds of 140 mph.
More than 5,000 people have already evacuated and found shelter, Abbott said, and other areas of the state are prepared to take in many more.