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NWS issues tornado watch as Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana

NWS issues tornado watch as Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana
Posted at 1:04 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 21:42:49-04

With Hurricane Laura closing in on the Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center says possible tornadoes are occurring.

A tornado watch is in effect for much of Louisiana and eastern Texas until 9 p.m. CT.

The NHC stated that the possible twisters are in Hurricane Laura's outer bands over southeastern Louisiana and extreme southwestern Mississippi.

A special bulletin by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center cautioned that “tornado potential is increasing.”

As of 8 p.m. CT, the hurricane was 95 miles from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was packing winds of 150 mph, with gusts of 175 mph.