What Will Be the Top Wind Speeds in Deep East Texas?
The devastation that Hurricane Laura will bring to the southwest portion of Louisiana will be historic. She's expected to make landfall just after midnight with top winds of 150 mph and a storm surge that's been categorized as unsurvivable.
Our prayers go out to those affected in the Cameron and Lake Charles area.
Laura is expected to rapidly weaken once making landfall, but still, it takes a few hours to wind down from 150 mph. Hurricane warnings have been posted throughout the Deep East Texas area, but given the current track and forecast, just when is the worst of the winds going to hit various cities in the Pineywoods?
Here's a look at what the National Weather Service is predicting:
City Expected peak wind gusts Timing
Lufkin 40-50 mph 3am-9am
Nacogdoches 35-45 mph 4am-11am
Livingston 20-35 mph 3am-10am
San Augustine 55-65 mph 3am-noon
Woodville 45-55 mph 3am-11am
Jasper 95-105 mph 3am-10am
Newton 95-110 mph 3am-10am
Hemphill 85-100 mph 3am-11am
Center 50-65 mph 4am-1pm
Garrison 40-55 mph 4am-2pm
Alto 25-40 mph 4am-3pm
Crockett 20-30 mph 6am-1pm
These wind predictions come straight from the National Weather Service, but squall lines could produce higher wind speeds. Stay safe!