Hurricane Laura strengthens as it approaches La., Texas

Judge Lina Hidalgo emphasized that Laura should not be compared to past hurricanes like Harvey while addressing the media from Houston Transtar on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Hadley Chittum /Houston Chronicle via AP)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tropical Storm Laura reached hurricane strength on Tuesday as it approached Louisiana and Texas. According to the National Hurricane Center, Laura is likely to reach a Category 2 hurricane by Wednesday night.

The threat comes on the heels of Tropical Storm Marco, which continues to dissipate just south of Louisiana.

Citizens have been advised to board up their windows and brace for deadly winds, rain and storm surges.

An animal control officer directs people as they wait to board charter busses that will evacuate them from Galveston Island to Austin in anticipation of impact from Hurricane Laura, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, from the Galveston Housing Authority offices in Galveston. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

“From this point out, I’d rather be surprised when it’s not as bad as I thought. Then be surprised that it’s worse than I got ready for. I’d just rather be prepared, be proactive instead of reactive.” – Unnamed resident

The governor of Louisiana has warned the system may be even more destructive than 2005’s Hurricane Rita, which was one of the most intense storm systems to hit the Gulf Coast.

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