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Laura now a remnant low, still causing rain and storms

Will Nunley Reports Before the Northern Eyewall

MOMENTS AGO: Will Nunley filed this report just moments before the northern eyewall hit Lake Charles, LA. #HurricaneLaura #Laura #LAwx

Posted by WeatherNation on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Laura was once a powerful Category 4 hurricane but weakened into a remnant low Saturday morning. The storm has lost all tropical characteristics and is merging with a cold front. Laura’s winds are down to 25 mph with higher gusts. Heavy rain is ongoing throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast associated with Laura as well as the cold front it will be absorbed into later Saturday.  Flooding remains a concern from the mountains of North Carolina north through the Northeast. Brief spin-up tornadoes are possible for eastern North Carolina through the Delmarva area and into much of the Northeast.

Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana around 1 am CT on Thursday August 27 as a Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds around 150 mph. Destructive winds caused widespread structural damage across parts of southwest Louisiana. Rain totals across the upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana topped 9″ in some spots. At one time more than 900,000 customers were without power in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The remnants of Laura will merge with a cold front passing through the northern United States Saturday.  This will set the stage for scattered severe thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US especially into the later afternoon hours. Gusty winds and brief spin-up tornadoes are possible.

Any remaining thunderstorms will move into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday night. By Sunday Laura’s remnants will be offshore in the open Atlantic waters and fully merged with a frontal system over southern Canada.

By Sunday Laura’s remnants will be offshore in the open Atlantic waters and fully merged with a frontal system over southern Canada.

WeatherNation will keep you up-to-date on-air and online with the latest information regarding Laura.

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