Hurricane Laura made landfall at 1 a.m. early Thursday as a Category 4 storm, with a catastrophic storm surge battering parts of Texas and Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. The extremely powerful hurricane is currently making it’s way through parts of Louisiana and Texas and moving toward southern portions of Arkansas – still a category 2 storm.

Laura is the fourth Category 4 storm to strike Louisiana in modern history.

Most forecasters had predicted Laura’s intensity would reach a Category 2 or possibly a 3 storm before crashing into the coast, but the hurricane surged quickly since the start of the week, intensifying by 65 miles per hour during the day leading up to the landfall.

While most storms tend to weaken before landfall, three storms in recent years have continued to strengthen as they approach the shore: Harvey in Texas in 2017, Michael, and now Laura- which is still packing winds of 105 mph.

And lastly we ask you to join Positively Osceola in keeping those in the path of Hurricane Laura in your thoughts and in your prayers. Thank you.