Hurricane Laura is rapidly intensifying over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is now projected to “become a category 4 storm later today”:

The storm is expected to make landfall later tonight as a category 3 hurricane near the Texas-Louisana border:

Port Arthur, Beaumont and Lake Charles are likely to experience severe impacts from the storm:

Evacuations are underway:

And this is what officials have feared:

The ocean temperature is “ideal” for rapid intensification:

The NHC is predicting storm surge as far as 30 miles inland:

And the wind field is huge, too:

A “nightmare for emergency managers” as people need to evacuate now:

Prayers up and we’ll keep you posted.