Louisiana (United States), Aug 27 (Canadian-Media): Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, packing winds of 240 km/h, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
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One of the most powerful to hit the state, with forecasters warning that the storm could push a massive wall of water nearly 65 kilometres inland from the sea.
Officials said that the area in the direct path of the storm, home to about 4 million people, most had left for safer areas under evacuation orders.
Hurricane-strength winds could blow as far as 320 kilometres inland to Shreveport, La., said the forecasters
U.S. has set a new record for landfalls by the end of August when Laura, the seventh named storm to strike the U.S. this year.
The old record was six in 1886 and 1916, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, reported by CBC News.