Hurricane Laura is intensifying and the inland threat is growing. In a just-released 4:33 p.m. update, the National Weather Service says the Bossier City area could experience winds of up to 75 miles per hour — or much greater.
Peak winds are forecast for 45 to 55 mph with gusts to 75 mph beginning early Thursday morning until Thursday evening.
However, the NWS adds that the “threat to life and property includes the typical forecast uncertainty in track size and intensity” — adding that there is the “potential for winds of 74 to 110 mph.”
The weather agency says Bossier City residents should “plan for life-threatening wind” equivalent to Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane force.
“Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be urgently completed. Prepare for considerable wind damage. Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous,” the National Weather Service says.
The NWS says potential impacts include: considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed. Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.
Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over. Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. Large areas with power and communications outages.
The threats also include flooding rain with 4-8 inches of precipitation, with locally higher amounts.