Hurricane Laura was a powerful category 4 hurricane that brought damaging storm surge and high winds when it made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana. Laura formed on August 16, 2020, from a tropical wave that moved off the west coast of Africa. By August 22nd, the storm had become organized and passed over Puerto Rico with winds near 45 kt.

The storm moved through Hispaniola, before it made landfall in Cuba on August 25 with maximum wind speeds of 55 kt. Laura continued strengthening, and became a hurricane on August 25. Laura continued strengthening, reaching a maximum strength of 130 kt by the time it hit Louisiana. Laura was the strongest hurricane Louisiana had seen since Category 5 Hurricane Camille in 1996.

Laura’s storm surge reached over 18 feet, and was the most damaging element of the storm. In total, 47 deaths were directly attributed to Laura in the U.S and Hispaniola, and $19 billion dollars of damages were amassed in the U.S alone.

The full report of Hurricane Laura can be found via the National Hurricane Center.

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Contributions by: Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Hurricane Laura’s Landfall

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Hurricane Laura landfalling on the southwestern Louisiana coast.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-East

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Sunset on Laura’s Powerful Eye

Description:

Just prior to landfall, the sun sets on Laura’s powerful eye.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-East

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

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Hurricane Laura’s Rapid Intensification

Description:

Hurricane Laura undergoing rapid intensification in the Gulf of Mexico.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes Rapid Intensification

Satellite: GOES-East

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

A Broad view of Laura’s Journey

Description:

A broad view of Hurricane Laura’s journey across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-East

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

A Close Up of Laura’s Journey

Description:

A zoomed-in view of Hurricane Laura’s journey across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-East

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM