Hundreds of thousands ordered to flee coast ahead of Laura - FOX34 Lubbock

Hundreds of thousands ordered to flee coast ahead of Laura

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By REBECCA SANTANA and JEFF MARTIN
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than half a million people have been ordered to evacuate the Texas and Louisiana coasts ahead of Hurricane Laura.

Forecasters expect Laura to grow to a major Category 3 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before hitting the U.S. coastline late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center is warning of potentially devastating damage. Scientists predict up to 13 feet of storm surge, which could inundate the coastline from High Island in Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

Laura already killed two dozen people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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