Laura Now Tropical Storm After Starting Thursday as Category 4 Hurricane

Hurricane Laura, which slammed the Louisiana coast as a powerful Category 4, has weakened to a tropical storm but is still a dangerous and potentially deadly system.As of Thursday afternoon, Laura was inland, centered east of Shreveport, Louisiana, with top sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour. It is expected to drop up to 46 centimeters of rain in parts of Louisiana and Arkansas.Tornadoes are also possible.Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
President Donald Trump speaks during a Hurricane Laura briefing at FEMA headquarters, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence listens at right.Gaynor and others briefed President Donald Trump at FEMA headquarters Thursday in in Washington.Trump had already declared states of emergency in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, and he says he plans to visit the area this weekend.Forecasters say Laura will continue to weaken to a tropical depression late Thursday as it moves further inland and away from the warm Gulf waters that made it such a powerful storm.
Heavy rains are forecast for the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday and the mid-Atlantic on Saturday.

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